you don't think it's a slippery slope when the word boy is considered a racial slur?
I suppose banning people for racist taunts is censorship, sure.
If a black women called westbrook "boy," would she have also been banned?
Or was it determined the fan was racist because he was a straight white male with a southern accent?
I’m going to assume you don’t know the history. There is a long, long history of white people, both men and women, calling grown black men “boy” to demean them and them down to size.
But even if you don’t know the history, you have to consider all of what happened here. The man was calling Westbrook “boy”, Westbrook told him to stop, the man continued.
He was deliberately provoking Westbrook. This wasn’t accidental or a fan who got surprised. He was trying to get under W’s skin.
To be honest, I’m pretty sure this fan knew what he was doing, what it expresses. But even if you took race out of it, it would be pretty provocative. If you’re a man, I assume somebody doing that to you would make your blood rise. Add race to it, and at some point the teams have to draw a line.