Minnesota State Rep Pat Garofalo Issues Racially Insensitive Tweet About the NBA
In case you happen to be new to planet earth, let me explain something to you about race relations in America. You see, when you make a blanket generalization about a group of people that happens to be mostly African-American, said generalization is probably going to sound a little racist. Sure, you may not mean for it to sound racist. But ever since that whole slavery thing, people are kind of sensitive about this stuff. So that’s how it will be interpreted.
Now let me explain something to you about the National Basketball Association: about 70% of the players in the league are African-American.
Finally, let me introduce you to Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo, who tweeted this last night:
Is Mr. Garogalo necessarily a racist for tweeting this? Absolutely not. To conclude that would be a logical fallacy.
That being said, he is a f*cking idiot for not understanding how this would be interpreted, and for sticking by this tweet and (so far) refusing to delete it.
Of course, Twitter users let him hear about it:
So what does Garofalo have to say for himself? Well, here’s what he told Deadspin’s Tim Marchman via email:
Hi Tim. Thanks for the email and for giving me a chance to respond. I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drugs tests are weaker than other leagues. No intent beyond that. The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.
Phew. That’s some clutch spin control. Glad that got cleared up.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]