This weatherman said “Martin Luther Coon,” immediately corrected himself and was fired. Racism is real, but this was not it. It was an ordinary slip of the tongue; linguists call it perseveration. He apologized. He should get his job back.
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"To condemn someone to unemployment for simply blurting out a sequence of sounds that parallels a slur, even in an awkward context, is a kind of performed delicacy," argues
"For this man to lose his livelihood for having supposedly committed a racist act is wrong. He is being misanalyzed and misjudged, and should be reinstated immediately." -- on an unfortunate weatherman