Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis and a member of the team’s social justice board used an Asian racial slur on Twitter yesterday. Davis, who is Black, tweeted, “Gotta stop letting gooks in Miami.”
In his defense, Davis claimed to be unfamiliar with the dark, negative origin of the word. He claimed that in South Florida, the word “gook” always meant “lame.” He even shared a screenshot taken from Urban Dictionary that claimed “gook” is South Florida slang for “lame.”
Davis attended Auburn University for two whole years. In all that time, you might think he would have learned Urban Dictionary was not a reputable source for English language usage.
I’m sure some people are willing to buy his excuse, but I’m not one of them. I lived in the Philippines in the late 1980s. That word was always a slur used by racist American servicemen towards Filipinos and Filipinas.
I think it might be a good idea if the Buccaneers replaced Carlton Davis on their social justice board with someone who doesn’t use Asian slurs on social media and then try to justify it by referencing the Urban Dictionary.