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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’

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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.

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

People expected a lot more from The New York Times.

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

People are clearly pissed.

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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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These Tweets Show The Impact Trump's Government Shutdown Is Having On American Families

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These Tweets Show The Impact Trump’s Government Shutdown Is Having On American Families

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As the government shutdown continues each day, the lives of real people continue to be affected. Now that we’re closing in on two weeks since President Donald Trump declared the government shutdown — which means that non-essential discretionary federal programs are closed along with the withholding of people’s federal paychecks — there seems to be no end to when the government will be able to reopen.

Trump is still holding the government hostage due to the fact that Democratic lawmakers won’t give him the billions of dollars he wants to build a border wall. The New York Times reports that approximately 800,000 federal workers are not being paid because of the shutdown. The shutdown is also affecting Native Americans who get federal funds for medical and health needs.

People on social media have been using the hashtag #ShutdownStories to express how the government shutdown is affecting them.

Some federal workers have to deal with their own issues affecting their health like this woman who has a disability case but cannot get it resolved until the government reopens.

This 71-year-old janitor that works in a government building cannot afford to pay her bills because she hasn’t gotten paid.

She has said that even when the government reopens, she won’t be paid for the days of missed work, which means it will take her even longer to recover financially.

This man is already thinking about getting a new job.

As he says, the bills don’t stop just because his pay has.

Some people still have to work, but will not get paid for it.

Despite protecting the border, he is doing it for free.

Some are seeking help through other means including crowdsourcing.

If the government won’t work for you, perhaps the people will.

This young girl is trying to raise money because her family cannot get paid.

Such a great gesture to help your family when they are struggling.

Some people didn’t want to go to work if they weren’t being paid. However, they were threatened if they left their post.

It’s like they have no choice.

People are getting desperate and are seeking help through social media.

Having medical expenses really adds up.

People are resorting to using their credit cards to pay for essentials.

Paying those off won’t be easy, either.

It’s not just federal pay that is being affected but actual research that affects the entire world.

When will it end?

If you want to help federal workers get back pay for the days during the government shutdown, click here.


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