Racial Attacks on Hockey Player Are Sickening

Addressing the racist Twitter attacks against the Washington Capitals' Joel Ward, Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post says that the hockey player is probably used to it, but that doesn't make it acceptable.

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Joel Ward (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Addressing the racist Twitter attacks against the Washington Capitals' Joel Ward, Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post says that the hockey player is probably used to it, but that doesn't make it acceptable.

Racial animus isn’t confined to racially charged events, such as the killing of Trayvon Martin. It has now made its way to the hockey rink. Joel Ward, the black hockey player with the Washington Capitals who scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins last night in overtime, has been board-checked by irate Bruins fans. Instead of hurling their bodies at him for eliminating the 2011 Stanley Cup champions from the playoffs, they’re body checking him with a barrage of N-words. 

The Post’s Dan Steinberg links to some of the sites where commenters have unloaded hate on Ward, who is from Canada. But be sure to check out Chirpstory for some choice invective from Twitter. Here are a few to ponder.

    A n----- beat us in #OT Are you kidding me?

    stupid n----- go play basketball hockey is a white sport

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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