Friday, September 19, 2008

Josh Howard, Eddie Sefko, and an Interesting Turn of Phrase

The Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko describes Mr. Howard’s reaction to the National Anthem:

"In a video posted on YouTube, the swingman is shown at Allen Iverson's charity flag football game in July. When the national anthem is being sung, various participants are shown mugging for the camera. When the camera gets to Howard, he says: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black.’"

Certainly a run of the mill sentiment for the uneducated members of the far left. And certainly Mr. Howard falls into the grievously mistreated group, multimillionaire professional athletes, a group so discriminated against and despised that he can probably only have a new Bentley every six months or so.

But that’s not what’s interesting about the piece. Here’s the killer from Mr. Sefko:

“This is not the first time Howard has been cast in an un-American light.”

Seems like a pretty passive formulation of Mr. Howard’s behavior. He really didn’t say anything anti-American, it’s just a meaningless phrase…, it just sort of happened to him, something completely outside of his control that he’s being unfairly blamed for.