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Saturday, March 10th 2007

Los Angeles Times Slow To A Racism Story

It all centers on a Facebook group entitled ‘White Nation,’ a nickname for a USC special teams unit.

“White Nation” was coined by running backs coach and special teams coordinator Todd McNair, a black former NFL player. He first used the term affectionately during game films, according to accounts, after watching some white members of the kickoff team make a spectacular play.

“I made the name. The White Nation,” McNair said. “Just playfully, man.”

The group included white teammates Clay Matthews Jr., Brian Cushing, Dallas Sartz and David Buehler. The verbal back-and-forth that ensued was regarded throughout the team as good-natured humor.

That all changed, however, when Matthews started a group on the popular Internet meeting site Facebook. He called the group “White Nation.” And, according to the Daily Trojan account, he added:

“This group is not for the faint of heart. All members are athletes of Caucasion [sic] descent…. We are just doing our duty of protecting the Arian (sic) brotherhood.”.

Luckily, the worst professor I ever took a class from at USC is available to give his opinion,

USC professor Todd Boyd, a pop culture critic who specializes in media and sports, said he interpreted the Facebook page as “an internal joke, not mean-spirited,” adding, “I doubt a white guy … playing major college football with so many black guys holds racist beliefs.”

The Good Doctor, As He Insists On Being Called

This story has no legs. As USC’s AOL Fanhouse points out (via EDSBS),

According to our crack research team on Facebook, this story must be old news. Brian Cushing left the “White Nation” Facebook group at 7:42 PM on February 14…followed by David Buehler 16 minutes later. Somehow these details were left out of the Times coverage.

Now Drudge is linking to the Daily Trojan story. Looks like their servers are holding up. Probably good it is the weekend.