Linda Chavez ably expounds on the tragedy of Anthony Federico, a young ESPN writer fired because he had titled a story on the Knicks‘ loss – and star Jeremy Lin‘s shaky performance – A Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-Snapping Loss to Hornets. (more here) Federico was fired because amateur and professional race-mongers had decided the headline was a comment on Lin’s ethnicity. Federico has since apologized, but, once he was condemned in the People’s Court of Social Justice, his apology counted for naught.
Mr. Lin, what do you say to this? If you think Federico’s firing was unjust, this would be a good time for you to speak up. I know that a public statement in Federico’s defense could land you in the same venue in which Federico himself was tried, but this is a matter of far greater importance than your career or a firing of a young reporter. Your silence will give dangerous idiots unnecessary encouragement to continue terrorizing this nation and muzzling Americans’ right to free speech. We have had more than our share of that over the past generation, and it’s time to end it.
Jeremy Lin, speak up! Exercise your right to free speech – and your responsibility – as an American citizen!