RINKU SINGH: REFERRED TO BY RACIST SLUR
The newspaper The Times of London made an incredibly unfortunate choice of words in its Saturday online edition. The paper actually referred to two pitchers that come from India as “spearchuckers.”
We had written about the travails of pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel on this very blog over a month ago. The two won professional baseball contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates after appearing on a reality tv show in India.
The exact headline used by The Times of London was, “Pittsburgh Pirates snap up Indian spearchuckers.” As of mid-Saturday morning British time the headline remained unchanged. You don’t exactly have to go to the Urban Dictionary to find the term used by The Times as offensive. The dictionary lists the definition of “spear chucker” as an “offensive” and “slang” term that refers to black people.