DAILYKENN.com -- The fake name "Martin Luther Coon" has been repeated so often that it has, apparently, been embedded in the subconscious minds of many. That may be the reason many of us -- including broadcasters -- incorrectly pronounce the name.
KTVI-TV's Kevin Steincross said during Thursday's 5 a.m. broadcast that an upcoming tribute would honor "Martin Luther Coon Jr." That slip cost Steincross his job.
'Coon' is a derogatory term used by blacks to denigrate other blacks who are patriots. It is also a racial slur used by whites to denigrate blacks; akin to 'honky' when blacks denigrate whites.
Some use hate terms intentionally. Leftists, for example, frequently use the hate term 'racist' to denigrate Donald Trump. To our knowledge none has lost their employment after intentionally calling Trump a racist nor are we aware of anyone being fired for using anti-white pejoratives such as 'honky'.
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St. Louis -- A St. Louis newscaster has apologized for what he called an unintentional racial slur while referencing Martin Luther King Jr., nearly two weeks after the same phrase cost another broadcaster his job . KTVI-TV's Kevin Steincross said during Thursday's 5 a.m. broadcast that an upcoming tribute would honor "Martin Luther Coon Jr."
Steincross apologized during the 9 a.m. broadcast. "We have heard from a viewer about a mistake I made in our 5 a.m. newscast," he said in the apology. "In our story about the tribute to Dr. King, I unfortunately mispronounced his name. Please know I have total respect for Dr. King, what he meant and continues to mean to our country. This was not intentional in any way, and I sincerely apologize."
The slain civil rights icon would have turned 90 years old on Jan. 15. The nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
KTVI says managers spoke with Steincross and believe the phrase was inadvertent and not reflective of his "core beliefs." Vice President of News Audrey Prywitch says no additional discipline is planned.
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