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by Yvette Carnell
If you haven’t been living under a rock, then by now you know that Washington Capitals player Joel Ward scored a game-winning goal in overtime to take the Capitals to victory in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. By now you also know that Ward’s goal was met with a barrage of racist tweets.
It would appear that Ward’s game winning goal threw racist white hockey fans into the the abyss of disbelief. The idea that a black man could also be a superb hockey player was met with Ward being called all varieties of the word nigger: sand nigger, damn nigger, coon nigger, and so on.
To further demonstrate that white hockey fans have a lot to learn about race, take a look at this jersey worn by a Philadelphia fan. The #17 is worn by Wayne Simmonds, a forward for the Flyers. I guess Simmonds doesn’t deserve his own signature jersey or name. It’s just as well to call him “The Black Guy”, not to be confused with “Some Black Guy” or “That Black Guy.” Black people all look alike right?
With black people, and black men especially, some white people lack a great deal of specificity. This, perhaps, could explain why they sometimes I.D. “The Wrong Black Guy.” I mean, if you just view all black men as “The Black Guy”, then how can you be expected differentiate among and between them?
The guy in the Jersey, who is also probably a big fan of Simmonds, also probably couldn’t pick him out of a lineup either. Betcha’ he could pick out Alexander Ovechkin, though. That’s what’s wrong with this picture.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.