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Racism, Twitter, and Joel Ward

So, last night, Caps winger Joel Ward became a local hero after scoring an overtime goal that will take the team into the second round of the NHL playoffs. Since Ward is black, and some people can't seem to help but say racist things when black people do awesome things (see: Rue, The Hunger Games), Twitter was treated to a barrage of people calling Ward "nigger." Delightful tweets, like:

  • Joel ward is a fuckin nigger #FuckYou
  • #bruins just got beat by a nigger I thought hockey was a white mans game#wtf fuck ward
  • Who let that nigger on the ice
  • The fact that a nigger got the goal makes it ten times worse #gobacktoafrica

(Ward is of Barbadian descent.)

After the list of tweets made it around the Internet, these Twitter users were pretty quickly smacked by everyone else. Even Caps owner Ted Leonsis jumped in with a blog post:

What these people have said and done is unforgivable. I hope they are now publicly identified and pay a huge price for their beliefs. There should be zero tolerance for this kind of hate mongering. Their messages should now stay glued into the algorithms to place a forever warning and a mark upon these people and their actions. They shouldn’t be able to escape their keystrokes.

Alas, that isn't how works. Many of the writers have escaped their keystrokes by locking or deleting their Twitter accounts. Though a hardy few refuse to back down!

For his part, Ward told USA Today "it doesn't faze me at all."

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  • Typical DC BS

    It was a great win by the Caps - even sweeter that it was in Boston. These tweets just show how classless some Boston fans are.

    The only thing better than seeing Boston fans whining and crying is watching NYC fans when they lose.

  • Kes

    Um.... is there a "right way" to take the n-word? I'm having... trouble envisioning what that could possibly be.

  • Chris

    Yeh, Boston fans whine more than Cubs fans. The only good thing about their winning the World Series a few years ago is that the Sox fans had to stop their whining. Having gone to school in New England, I was surprised by how provincial Bostonians are. And it is easy to forget what a deeply racist city Boston is.

  • Fabrisse

    I lived in Boston for 14 years. It's the most racist city I've ever lived in.

  • Adekolo

    Ummm . . . why the need to point out that Ward is of Barbadian descent? Where do you think blacks in Barbados came from? When they say "Go Back to Africa", Ward should still be offended, because they mean him, too.

  • topryder1

    I would have expected nothing less if this were the Red Sox fans, since any black who goes to the game places his or her life in jeopardy from nasty fans. Bill Russell's experiences are still alive and well in the cradle of liberty.

  • Keith B.

    I've never been to Boston, but I'm sure this happens any time a minority stands out or excels in a field dominated by whites. I'm certain these fools would have had choice words when Obama won, only they were likely too young to have twitter accounts back then. Ward's a classy guy, and I'm glad he's not letting it get to him. Let dipshits with megaphones make fools of themselves.

  • Anthony

    Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!

    Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!


    JRHarding96 is staying strong against the people who don't understand how to use the N-word in a non-racist way.

  • Southeast Ken

    I am not surprised by the behavior of some Boston residents. South Boston is known for it's racism against black people during the 70's desegregation of the public school system. Racism is alive and well in this country and many whites do use the N word privately amongst themselves. However, I see racist remarks by whites in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, DCist, Prince of Petworth, New York Daily News, etc.

    I just finished reading racist comments in the Washington Post in reference to the 19 year old black suspect arrested in Petworth for the killing of the white tourist and attacking 2 blacks with an alleged hammer.

  • damon bass

    Hey i played hockey sence i was 5 i am now 17 years old I had to learn how to handle adversity all the time every game and its sad because it is 2012 i would think people would try to live with some respect but my freshmen year i was laying heads off because of this but now im done doing that because I just know that people try to get in your head because they know that your better then them and thats why i support Jole Ward...