Understanding Emile Griffith

Updated: July 25, 2013, 6:01 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

It has been a long time since a week has gone by in which I haven't been called some kind of slur over the Internet.

Sometimes it's the N-word, sometimes it's the F-word, and, if the person is feeling really creative, sometimes it's a combination of the two. For the most part, I've learned to ignore these cowards who try to dehumanize me with hateful words.

But I am human, so every now and then I do get ticked off.

This is perhaps why when I first heard the story about Emile ...

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