Friday, November 7, 2008

Some People Aren't Taking This Very Well

Considering this was arguably the most polarizing presidential election in our country's history, it's no real surprise that some leftover bitterness is starting to spill its way into the national headlines, including sports.

In another example of "Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous," Texas offensive lineman Buck Burnette has been kicked off the team after he posted the following message on his Facebook page.

"all the hunters gather up we've got a #$%&er in the white house"

Shortly after his dismissal from the team, Burnette issued an apology that read, in part, "I grew up on a ranch in a small town where that was a real thing and I need to grow up. I sincerely am sorry for being ignorant in thinking that it would be ok to write that publicly.. and to spread that kind of hate which I don't even believe in."

The acceptance of his apology is not mine to make, but rather his Longhorn teammates. However, it's rather hard to believe that Burnette does not advocate "that kind of hate" if he was so willing to post it on one of the country's largest social networking sites.

I have never met Mack Brown personally, but I applaud him for dismissing Burnette from the team. Not only did he potentially save the kid from serious issues with his black teammates, but he is also teaching Burnette a valuable lesson.

Hate can never be accepted, even if it's not yours.

But Wait There's More: Employees at Hampel's Key and Lockshop on Randolph Street in Traverse City, MI flew an American flag upside down Wednesday in protest of Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the presidential election.

And one employee directed a racial slur at Obama during a telephone interview with a Record-Eagle reporter.

"(The inverted flag is) an international signal for distress and we feel our country is in distress because the n----- got in," said Hampel's employee Rod Nyland, of Traverse City.

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