ESPN editor fired over racially slurred headline, “honest mistake” says editor

According to NY Daily News, the ESPN editor Anthony Federico who wrote the racially slurred headline that caused furry Saturday has been fired.

“Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets” caused furry Saturday when it was posted to ESPN’s website. It was removed within the hour of being posted.

The phrase “Chink in the armor” has been used many times to refer to the weakness a person possesses. However, it has caused furry among many as “chink” is a also a derogatory term for Asians.

The use of “chink” as a racial slur was an unintended consequence and because of it a man was fired.

I am Asian and I do understand the negative connotations with “chink”- as I have been called it before. But my heart does go out to the ESPN editor who has been fired due to the unintentional use of a racially motivated word.

Yes, he should have been more careful and seen immediately that “chink” when linked to an Asian person (even if it is used in a phrase) is going to cause anger among people.

However, his actions (I believe) were not done maliciously. I think he acted sloppily in letting something like this slip through and be posted on the Internet. But I do not think he deserved to lose his job, and possibly his career, over it.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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