Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who upbraided Roland Martin on his radio show for comments on racism
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who upbraided Roland Martin on his radio show for comments on racism

Editor’s note: Roland S. Martin is a syndicated columnist and author of “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House.” He is a commentator for the TV One cable network and host/managing editor of its Sunday morning news show, “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.”

(CNN) – It’s always funny to get tweets and e-mails from followers of radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh. None of them ever actually think of checking the facts out before they begin their ignorant, vile and rambling rants. I suppose that’s to be expected because all they are doing is following their feckless leader, Limbaugh.

Last week I took to Twitter to express my disgust with the racist tweets sent to Joel Ward, the Washington Capitals forward who scored the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins in the pivotal Game 7 of their first round matchup.

Ward, who is black, should have been praised for great play. Instead, he was insulted, ridiculed and called the N-word.

As a result, I sent out the following tweets:

– “It’s no shock that a black hockey player is being called nasty vicious things for a game winning goal. Only folks in denial about racism are.

– “The reality is that weak-minded punks hide behind anonymous comments on message boards AND social media.

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