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Demosthenes's avatar

Have you ever said "Martin Luther Coon" when you meant to say "Martin Luther King"?

Asked by Demosthenes (7304points) January 18th, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/18/us/st-louis-newscaster-uses-slur-in-mlk-story/index.html

This is the second story in which a newscaster has said “Martin Luther Coon” instead of “Martin Luther King”. He claims it was an honest mistake.

For those who don’t know, coon is an ethnic slur for a black person.

What do you think? Honest mistake? Or are these newscasters racist?

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Yeah, it was an honest mistake. Meaning the newscaster let his real feelings show by mistake.

I’ve known one person who said that. He was a loudmouth unapologetic racist. One of the few people I grew up around who used the “n” word in normal conversation.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Of course not.

Mariah's avatar

Doesn’t seem like a thing that would happen to someone who isn’t in the habit of saying “coon” on a regular basis.

Kardamom's avatar

No. Is there an actual person by the name Martin Luther Coon? I’ve never heard of him.

If not, it was a really fucked up mistake. I’ve never called anyone a coon on accident or on purpose.

josie's avatar

No.
Can’t say that I have.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree with @Mariah.

I haven’t said the word coon since Kraft changed the name on their extra sharp white cheddar. Even then I don’t think I said it, it was just a name on a package. Who says that word? Nobody I know.

Yellowdog's avatar

Martin Luther King is a household name. We hear and say it very often.

I never heard the word Coon as in a racist sense. Only in reference to racoons or coon-dogs. And I live in the rural south, not too far from a famous coon-dog cemetery between Cherokee and Hawks Pride, Alabama

ucme's avatar

In the summer of 96 England hosted the European Football Championships (Euro 96)
They (we) reached the semi final playing Germany & in one passage of play the TV commentator described the action when a German attacker closed in on a challenge with the English goalkeeper, it went like this…

“Seaman goes in on Kuntz”

Innocent or rehearsed, he certainly grabbed the headlines & I suspect this newsreader knew exactly what they said would do the same, probably said as part of a bet/dare with friends.

janbb's avatar

INo, it would never occur to me although I’m certainly aware of the term as a derogatory slur.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m pretty skeptical it was an accident, I would investigate them. That is a racial slir I’ve heard and not in every day language for many people. I have a walker coon next door and I rarely use it and never by mistake.

kritiper's avatar

I’ve never said that or ever head anyone say that, although I’m sure some would. Have to agree with @Mariah post above.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I’ve definitely heard the racial slur. Never in such context.
I guess accidents happen, but I agree with @Mariah . Maybe the teleprompter people were playing a joke on the anchor?

yesitszen's avatar

Kardamom said the F word!!!

Lightlyseared's avatar

Nope. But then I’m not an uneducated white supremacist twat.

ragingloli's avatar

Because those two words are soooooo similar.
Mistake my arse.

rockfan's avatar

I think it’s actually happened three times

https://youtu.be/U1Rv6vUxPMs

rojo's avatar

Nope, most of the time I use MLK anyway.

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