Talking on egg shells

Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina’s woman’s basketball coach, has been put on administrative leave in part because of a “racist” comment she made.

A couple of her college-educated students accused her of threatening to have then lynched if they didn’t play well.

Turns out, what she’d actually said was “We need to play well or the other team will hang us out to dry.”

In other words, a commonplace term for most people about hanging clothes on a line. Nothing to do with lynching at all.

Hatchell has been coaching at North Carolina for over 30 years. Mostly black women, of course. I seriously doubt if she’s a racist, or if she ever thought any of the members of her team would be unfamiliar with the phrase “hanging out to dry” and how innocuous it is.

But apparently you can’t even say the word “hang” to an African American in any context without it being perceived as “code” for lynching.

Just like there was some coffee shop in Boston a few years ago called The Beanery because coffee is made from coffee beans but they decided they’d better change their name so as not to appear insenstitive to Latinos, where apparently “bean-eating mo-fos” has long been a put down.

But should people be given a pass for taking offense where clearly none is intended?

Do you have a link?

Washington Post quotes :

“When you go to Louisville, if you perform like you did tonight, they’re going to have nooses outside the arena, and they’re going to hang you by your necks from trees.”

That’s worlds apart from “hang us out to dry.”

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Link from WAPO:

Ok, that’s more of the story. Thanks.

Looks about the same to me. Glasses…no you need glasses.

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It’s like about as blatantly on the nose racist as you can get. Op did a fancy job of glidin past it though.

Thanks for linking. I was postin on the go and neglected to add it.

Yep, nothing racist about this statement. :roll_eyes:

Who knew this was still going on in Louisville. It seemed to be a fairly liberal city when I visited for derby a few years ago.

It’s Mitch McConnell country.

There’s an ugly underbelly to every pageant queen.

Hatchell would have been fired years ago had she been the coach of the men’s team at North Carolina.

The Lady Tar Heels haven’t won an NCAA National Championship since 1994. Their last ACC Championship was in 2008. In the past six seasons, they have finished 8th, 12th, T-13th, 12th, 6th, and T-5th in the ACC.

Those recent results are particularly mediocre if you consider the lack of depth in the women’s game. Making a sweet sixteen is about the equivalent of just making the men’s tournament.

Not only is what you posted a blatant lie, someone else had to provide a link. Have a seat…