Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Black, White and Racist All Over

Steve Nylund, president of the company that is selling a 49 percent stake of the free newspaper Metro Boston to The New York Times, apologized yesterday for referring to African-Americans as "niggers" during a company meeting last year. The apology came in response to a story my colleague Rory O'Connor broke at MediaChannel.org yesterday. The exclusive now has executives at The Times and its subsidiary Boston Globe scrambling to deal with a potentially damaging racial firestorm, as black community leaders consider boycotts and other measures in response. Read the latest at MediaChannel.org.

Update: and now this report from The Boston Herald and this from The Boston Globe. The $64 question: After all this, will the Metro NYT deal go through?

Update II: Metro execs resign, as the Times weighs whether to pooch the $16.5 million deal in the wake of the controversy.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Riedel Communications said...
Great job uncovering this nasty mess. Glad to see the Globe pick it up. Is this unbelievable or what? Just when I think I am beyond being shocked by anything anymore...

Leon Bertoletti said...

It sounds unbelievable. But thing like this happens, unfortunately.

goodall17 said...

I just sent this ltr to Rev. Jeff Brown, Pastor of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA:

I just read about the racist comments made by executives of Metro ( http://www.roryoconnor.org ) and their pathetic excuse for an apology by one of them http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=62899 . I am at first shocked, then dismayed, and now outraged at these executives and their company, and The New York Times, that is actively working to buy this company.

It was stated in one of the articles I read that you were thinking of leading a boycott against these two companies and their advertisers. I believe with all my heart that you should do this, and I, and all that I can get to join me, will join you!!!!

I am MORE than fed up with any people, people in the public eye, and most especially people who hold public trust, be it media or government, behaving as if comments such as these do not matter and do not carry weight. It is inexcusable any way you look at it.

Understand, I speak not from political correctness. On the contrary, I speak from what is right is right. What is wrong is wrong. I care less about correctness. We waste too much time in this country getting upset or caring about things which are meaningless, i.e. celebrity marriage break-ups as an example, and not enough about what really matters - voters rights, going to preemptive war on lies - just to name a few. The world has turned upside down when wrong, what has been acknowledged by society as such, i.e. Distortion of Separation of Powers in the Constitution, Distortion of the Geneva Convention, Racism, etc., becomes right or is ignored and not acknowledged as wrong and the deserved inevitable consequences result.

I submit that until each and everyone of us challenge anyone who does these things and makes it painful for them to continue, i.e. boycott, etc., they, because they are clods and much worse, will continue their obtuse, destructive behaviour and think it is acceptable or does not matter.

So, I for one, wish to participate in any boycott you propose to protest these companies' racist policies, which they at least tacitly allow apparently because the executives who made these comments were not fired (without benefits), and the company buying the offending company has not yet acknowledged that the offenses were even committed.

By copy of this email to Mr. Rory O'Connor, I wish to thank him for bring these offenses to light.

Anonymous said...

As a white female approaching 70, I find this totally sickening and outrageous!

Anonymous said...

That's enough for me. I won't pick up a Metro again, ditto NYT, until these racists are fired. Let THEM stand in the cold and hawk papers for minimum wage.

Anonymous said...

I am really annoyed that freedom of speech is gone. So someones feelings get hurt, no one should have to apologize for everything they say, because "A GROUP" says it had their feelings hurt. The African-Americans should spend more time on redeeming thier kids, school, books, learning, no drugs. Then I bet these comments would stop. Tell the African-American groups to spend their energy on the right place and quit this feeling sorry for myself routine, that is annoying everyone.

goodall17 said...

The fact that these offensive comments were made, made in public, and were reported are the very proof that freedom of speech is more than alive and it is also proof that the freedom to think for those who made these offensive comments is still dead.

Ask yourself why you are more offended by those who would speak out against such remarks seeing it a victim's stance than those who spoke them in the first place.

You are naive to think that if all were perfect in the African-American culture, such offensive comments would not be made. On the contrary, prosperity would breed more contempt, as the fear generated by the prosperity would be greater.

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought. Boycot these SOBs and anybody who associates themselvers with them. It's better "sooner" than "later" that people start saying "enough" -- and DOING SOMETHING about these types of genetically mutated gene strains.

Anonymous said...

Being born and raised in Boston this atrocious behavior unfortunately doesn't surprise me. What does surprise me is what in Hell took so long for anybody to get pissed off. Hello America! Anybody home?

goodall17 said...

Monday, January 17, ironically, because of the recent offensive racist comments made by Metro execs, is the celebration of Martin Luther King's birth and life. These words keep ringing in my ears, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." AUTHOR: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anonymous said...

I understand the anger here. What I don't understand, is WHERE IS THE ANGER when it comes to rap music, videos, movies, etc. expressing the same racial epithet by African-Americans in the above industries? Children, teens & young adults are exposed to this behavior daily through the entertainment industry! Racial etiquette begins at home~~~~~
Sue Miles
Fair Oaks, CA

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