No, not that f-word — the one my brother once referred as the “granddaddy of all swear words.” It’s the other f-word that the National Football League has its sights on. At least that’s the conventional wisdom according to Detroit News sportswriter and radio host Terry Foster, who told CBS:
The whole n-word banishment has more to do with getting rid of the f-word, because now you may have your first openly gay player, and they know if they don’t do something, he’s going to be called that name. He may not like it. They don’t want to see this.
These things are going hand in hand. It’s funny that it’s happening now that we may have the first openly gay player in the league.
Presumably, that’s funny-sheesh, not funny-haha.
But if it’s true that there’s more urgency to ban the word that in British English means “cigarette,” how should that be read by blacks. Does this demote them to second-class citizens (third-class if you’re Toure)?