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Here’s How The Editor Of The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Tried To Excuse The Use Of The Word ‘Beaner’

For some people, the New York Times crossword puzzle is the greatest rush. It’s almost like a weekly ritual. They can’t start the day without finishing it. However, the puzzle featured on New Year’s Day had one word that had some people, mostly Latinos, doing a double take.

On Jan. 1, the crossword puzzle in The New York Times featured the word “beaner.”

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The hint for the word “Beaner” was another way of saying “Pitch to the head, informally.” The correct word would have been “beanball,” unless they are calling a player who throws a “beanball” a beaner, though referring to a player as a beaner is rare. So how could the writers of this crossword puzzle not understand that?

If you Google “what is a beaner?” there is no other result than it is an offensive word to describe a Mexican or a person of Mexican descent.

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After much uproar, the New York Times did issue somewhat of an apology via Twitter. Editor Will Shortz said that “Neither Joel [Fagliano] nor I had ever heard the slur before – and I don’t know anyone who would use it. Maybe we live in rarefied circles.” In other words, they live in exclusive worlds where Latinos do not frequent. “Meanwhile, for any solver who was offended by 2-Down in today’s puzzle, I apologize,” he added.

The apology went on to say that the New York Times crossword puzzle has used words in the past that some may regard as offensive but are actual words.

Shortz said that they have used slang words like “GO OK” which means to proceed all right, but also is a horrible slur to describe a person of Philippine, Korean, or Vietnamese descent. He also references the word “Chink” which actually means something like a “chink in one’s armor” but is mostly known as a derogatory way to describe an Asian person.

A spokesperson for The New York Times went further and acknowledged that the word “beaner” is an offensive term.

“Tuesday’s Crossword puzzle included an entry that was offensive and hurtful,” a spokesperson for The New York Times told TheWrap. “It is simply not acceptable in The New York Times Crossword and we apologize for including it.”

Here’s what people on social media had to say about the appalling way the NY Times used this offensive word.

CREDIT: @BruceMirken / Twitter

It is a very well-recognized word in the U.S.

People expected a lot more from The New York Times.

CREDIT: @pistoleraprod / Twitter

It is truly perplexing readers and non-readers alike. It is a situation so many people never expected.

People are clearly pissed.

CREDIT: @DiegoATLaw / Twitter

If Latinos felt underrepresented in the New York Times before, this certainly isn’t helping matters.

Girl, bye.

CREDIT: @sawofthetable / Twitter

Can’t wait to see the words they use for tomorrow’s crossword puzzle.


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Diego Luna’s ‘Pan Y Circo’ Is Tackling Major Issues Around The Dinner Table

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Diego Luna’s ‘Pan Y Circo’ Is Tackling Major Issues Around The Dinner Table

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Diego Luna is more than just an actor. Luna is using his name and his fame to create a space for important ideas to be discussed. His new show “Pan Y Circo” on Amazon Prime is tackling the major issues.

Diego Luna’s “Pan y Circo” is an in-your-face show tackling major issues confronting society.

“Pan y Circo” is a new Amazon Prime show created by Mexican actor Diego Luna. The actor has a table of people including politicians, activists, and entertainers. The first episode focuses on race, a topic that is seeing some global attention following recent events. The discussion got frank with Luna admitting that he has benefited from the system as it stood.

The dinner party atmosphere is something that we can relate to further drawing us into the conversation.

For Luna, according to the LA Times, the dinner conversations are a cal back to a tie when these kinds of hard discussions happened over dinner. This was a time when these kinds of conversations were taken for granted because they were so common that it was normal.

The topics are going to be tough for many in the Latino community because they are so frank.

Abortion is one of the most taboo conversations in the Latino community. The topic is something the divides the Latino community, most commonly on generational lines. Luna’s decision to take this conversation to the mainstream is a major moment for the Latino community.

The first episode of “Pan y Circo” is out now on Amazon.

The next episode will be out on Friday, August 14.

READ: Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Two Black Moms Took Their Kids To Play In A Fountain On The Mall Then Secret Service Officers Swarmed Them With Guns

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Two Black Moms Took Their Kids To Play In A Fountain On The Mall Then Secret Service Officers Swarmed Them With Guns

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Two Black mothers headed to our nation’s capital last week to give their children some playtime in the fountains at the World War II Memorial. The day was hot and the mothers thought the memorial would be a perfect place to let their children cool down and have some fun.

Unfortunately, the day quickly turned sinister when the women and their children were swarmed by Secret Service agents who pointed a rifle at them.

Last Thursday, India Johnson, 26, and Yasmeen Winston, 25, were driving their infants to take a splash in the fountains at the memorial when a Secret Service cruiser drove into their front left bumper.

The two women have reportedly been best friends since seventh grade and are mothers to boys: 13-month-old Sir Quincy (Johnson) and six-month-old G’esus (Winston). Both Sir Quincy and G’esus were sitting in the back seat of the car that they were driving. According to the women, Mother Goose Club was playing on the radio. Then, within seconds of the Secret Service cruiser driving into their car, an officer pointed a rifle at them and yelled “Get out!” and “Put your hands in the air!”

Soon enough, more officers surrounded them with guns. Eventually, Winston and Johnson were handcuffed and separated from their children. According to both women, they were detained without being given a reason as to why and were spoken to by police officers who did not wear masks, despite the current coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Washington Post, “Initially, the women said, an officer told them the vehicle had been reported stolen and that the suspects were two Black men. But the women, both African American, said no men were with them and provided proof that Johnson was the owner. She told the Secret Service she had never reported the car stolen. Eventually, the women were released — without an apology or answers to their questions.”

Winston and Johnson are now demanding that the Secret Service investigate the incident and release the details to the public.

“This incident took place near our national monuments across from the White House,” Timothy Maloney, the women’s attorney, wrote in a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray over the weekend. “It occurred after eight weeks of unprecedented national demonstrations about excessive police conduct, some of which took place right there on Constitution Avenue. Has the Secret Service learned nothing this summer?”

Speaking about the incident Winston told the Washington Post “I could have been another Breonna Taylor. I could have been another innocent woman who has no record and got shot.”

In a statement to the Post, a Secret Service spokesperson said that they had received a “query requesting the agency investigate an alleged interaction between Uniformed Division Officers and two members of the public” and that they are looking into the incident.

Winston says she and Johnson have spent the days after the incident completely traumatized.

Winston told the Post that she is currently seeking therapy and their friend is avoiding going outside of her home. “We don’t get in trouble. Nothing like this has ever happened to us. I thought the police were here to serve and protect us, and now it’s really uncomfortable,” she explained.

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