If anyone is really bored and wants a somewhat global reaction to the use of the n word by a prominent member of a community... starcraft (the video game) recently had one. The gaming community is constantly filled with homophobic and racist remarks, but starcraft has a weird sort of tradition of "manner" which is kind of like manners in the real world. So certain actions are bad manner (flipping your opponent off) and others are good manner (shaking hands with the person who just beat you). -orb- was a person initially known for being bad mannered and whining constantly on his stream about two and a half years ago. His gameplay improved greatly and he was hired by the gaming team EG to cast games and was apparently completely professional and did an excellent job of casting. The a few days ago he was playing a game online and called someone a n****** and tried to cover it up. It's kind of fascinating to me even though I barely follow the sc2 scene anymore.
Here's the thread where his actions are detailed :
Here's the thread where his boss justifies firing him (he claims that he would have fired anyone who had used the n word due to his background in african-american studies). : http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/view...opic_id=319018
Adding in to the complexity of all of this is that EG's star player (Idra/Greg Fields) has called people a ****** many many times, even during tournament matches, but hasn't been fired.
The number of people defending orb in both threads is... depressing. SC2 has a truly global community and this incident is a sad indicator of the current state of racial relations as people from numerous countries defend Orb.
edit : It basically boils down to whether or not a person's actions outside of their professional life should be held against them. Orb claimed that he had friends who used his account for the most recent incident and that he hadn't raged like that in over two years (he still maintains this, but there is a lot of evidence against his claim). EG claimed they would fire anyone who had ever used the n-word in such a context at any point in their lives so that his defense of "these cases happened two years ago" was not sufficient grounds.