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Ugh! Using "Brotha" in a lede....

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Brain of J, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Brain of J

    Brain of J Member

    From Michael Smith on ESPN.com

    "So just how big a deal is it that a brotha (two as it turned out) finally led a team to the Super Bowl? Put it this way: a big enough deal to make black folk in Baltimore root for the hated Colts."

    brotha? How does that NOT get sliced by a copy editor?

    I understand Michael Smith is black, but brotha? You know a white writer couldn't pull that off without getting his ass chewed and rightfully so.
    What would be the equivalent if a white guy wrote the same thing about a white coach
  2. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    It would be a historic achievement for People of Pallor.
  3. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    I thought it was "Bruh" now.

    Brotha is so 1997...
  4. Brain of J

    Brain of J Member

    I understand what he's going for, the audience he's trying to reach, but it just misses me.
    It's not a big deal, he can use whatever word he wants. It just bothers me when I see "Brotha" or "Bra" or "Bro-ham" in a story.
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Broham? Are we speaking of Cadillacs?
  6. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    May I humbly offer up "cracka" for all whitey references?
  7. vin1284

    vin1284 New Member

    you guys take things too literally, there's nothing wrong with brotha. Its journalism, was it wrong or does it just make some of you uncomfortable?
  8. Thanks for stopping by, Michael Smith!
  9. I think People of Pallor is my new favorite phrase.
  10. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    That is right on point.

    And I prefer to be called either Nquence Ocha (White Devil for all seven Ace Ventura 2 fans).
  11. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    It's no Hulk Hogan or Superfly Snuka calling everyone Bruddah
  12. vin1284

    vin1284 New Member

    Not Michael Smith, just a brotha trying to make sense of some nonsense being spewed on this board
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