Rangel’s ‘white cracker’ acceptable, but Eagles player needs counseling for his slur

Riley Cooper

The racial double standard is alive and well in the Northeast these days.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been fined, “excused” from all team activities and will undergo “counseling” for his use of the n-word caught on videotape at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.

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But Charlie Rangel, the 43-year sitting U.S. Congressman from New York, just called tea party members “white crackers” in an interview with The Daily Beast, and what repercussions? None. Apology? Ha. Don’t hold your breath.

The video of a reportedly drunk Cooper uttering the n-word at the concert recently surfaced and heads are spinning around – along with calls for his head – including from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who’s city has seen 145 murders since January and dog-killer, convicted felon Michael Vick’s brother Marcus who tweeted, then deleted, his call for a “1K bounty on Cooper’s head,” Twitchy reported.

“As the Mayor of this City and an African-American man, I find the remarks made by Riley Cooper repugnant, insensitive and ignorant, and all of us, regardless of race or nationality, should be offended by these comments,” Nutter told ESPN.

On Friday, the Eagles issued the following statement: 

As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.

And Cooper, who already verbally apologized and tweeted apology after apology, issued his own pathetic-sounding statement:

The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me. My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.

Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.

During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right.

Radio host Larry Elder lit up Twitter with a series of breath-of-fresh-air tweets slamming the sheer hypocrisy of Cooper’s punishment.

Via Twitchy:

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR


21 thoughts on “Rangel’s ‘white cracker’ acceptable, but Eagles player needs counseling for his slur

  1. John Smith says:

    bashing whites seems to be the new norm.makes you wonder do they want to be equal or do they want revenge

  2. Grant Ritchie says:

    Representative Rangel, I know you wouldn’t want to offend anyone, so for future reference, many of us white folks find “cracker” deeply offensive, but “cracka” is OK. Got it?

  3. Bry says:

    If you have ever been in a situation that you can’t leave when there “music” starts playing you know it’s there favorite word. A close second would be a derogatory name for women. perhaps third would be bragging about their criminal behavior

  4. Jack's Son says:

    If Nutter wants to punish anyone who ever said the N-word, then he would have to punish most blacks. You can hear the N-word a thousand times a day in black neighborhoods, or wherever two or blacks are together

    However, he only wants to punish white people who say the N-word.

  5. Rock says:

    Whatever happened to “sticks & stones”? Names only hurt if your insecure enough to let them. Looks like we have a race full of insecurity…

  6. Alvin Cremeans says:

    I’m tired of the dounle standard eveyone bending over backward for the blacks there isn’t one black person today that lived back in the days of slavery so get over yourself you are either an American or you are an alien Cooper used the N word at a concert while drunk they fine him no team activities has to go for counseling Rangel use the cracker term to describe rhe consevative GOP and not one word about any kind of reprimand from the congress I guess I’m going to have to become black or an illegal alien to I can have all the rights I had growing up that have been taken away by this politically correct BS

  7. StuckInCali2Long says:

    Are White people the only ones that don’t have freedom of speech? I haven’t heard of anyone else having to pay fines or be punished or lose their career for the words they speak. I am so sick of it! Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. Some people are assholes and some are ignorant, but that doesn’t mean free speech doesn’t apply to them.

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