Alright, so first thing’s first: my opinion of the n-word: It should never be used by anybody who’s name is not Noah Webster or George or Charles Merriam (Merriam-Webster dictionary for those of you who didn’t catch the really lame joke). But seriously, it’s a word that I don’t think should be used in public or private, by a white person or a black person, nor by a comic or a rapper.
Now, on to Jesse Jackson. Well, I did a post about (most of) what he said (at the time, it hadn’t been revealed that he used the n-word). My opinion, he had the RIGHT to use it (as does anybody), but shouldn’t have used it, and in my opinion, was pretty stupid to use it in a television studio. Never assume the microphones are off – it’ll only get you in trouble.
Now, on to The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd argued that black people CAN use the n-word, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck (I LOVE HER!!! Anybody who stood up against Rosie O’Donnelland her comments against the troops is awesome) argued that nobody should use it. Barbara Walters desperately tried to keep order, but pretty much failed until the end, and Joy Behar was virtually silent. One quick point, Hasselbeck didn’t exactly break down as much as I expected her to – the way the news stories portrayed it, it sounded like she was in tears (she got a little shaky in her voice, and teared up, but didn’t really cry).
And for those of you who aren’t sure exactly who’s who:
Here’s my reaction: It’s not ok for blacks to use, at least not for the reason Whoopi and Shepherd gave. They argued that white people used it as a derogatory term, which is correct, so then blacks turned it into a term that lost its derogatory meaning to them. The problem in excluding all whites and including all blacks in using the word is that NOT all whites used the word. There are many whites who never used the word and never had an ounce of racist thinking in their head. If these white people are close friends to a black person, should they be able to use it as a term of endearment, like blacks can use it? In my opinion, by Whoopi and Shepherd’s arguments, yes.
And what about blacks who treated blacks unfairly? The way that most blacks got put into slavery was by other BLACK tribes in Africa. So, should somebody descended from an enslaving African tribe not be allowed to use the word. They were part of the black oppression, so by Whoopi and Shepherd’s argument, I would say no.
Whoopi stated that her mother wasn’t allowed to vote. Well, that was YEARS ago. How are we supposed to get past this sense of a divide if we continue to stress the divide.
And what about the word “cracker”? You don’t hear it called the c-word. And black people use that against whites like its no problem (although many whites use the n-word like its no problem too).
In my opinion, both of these words need to stop being used. The blame needs to stop being placed on white people as a whole. Not all white people are racist, and many black people are descended from people who are responsible for other blacks being put into slavery.
The double standards and racism needs to be stopped on BOTH sides. We’re not there yet, but one day we will live in a place that’s close to harmony. We’ll never fully achieve it, but we can try.
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