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Legislator’s apology for NBA tweet unconvincing

Contrary to some who believe otherwise, race, sports and politics are always intertwined. And despite his half-hearted apology, the recent tweet on NBA players by Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) is another example of this. “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/possible exception of increase in streetcrime,” reads Garofalo’s infamous March 9 tweet. Almost immediately the five-term state legislator’s five minutes of national fame time clock started ticking as “hundreds of negative comments and more than 1,000 retweets” shot into social media airspace like July fireworks. Twitter isn’t a one-on-one conversation or a vehicle through which you can talk to yourself, but instead a one-to-millions chit-chat. Continue Reading →

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