The President Said “Nigger” and the Sun Still Rose Today.

“Ya know, it feels pretty good to be able to say whatever the hell I want.”

Freed from the need to bite his  tongue, President Obama got raw in an interview for the podcast,  WTF with Marc Maron.

“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public,.”

“That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

 OMG! The POTUS said the N-Word!   Of course the press lost their damn minds and the Infantiling of America continues.

My reaction is BFD and GTFU.

In this stiflingly politically correct age it’s refreshing to hear the President talk like real people do. I don’t use the ethnic slur nigger often (and I gave my daughter the Death Stare when she did at the dinner table the other night), but I NEVER use the weak and wimpy “N-word” if I can help it. It’s a phrase with no guts and no balls and a total dodge.

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Free History Lesson for anyone Shocked and Awed when Presidents stop pretending and start getting real.   We know White Presidents have said “nigger.” Many of the early Commander-In-Chiefs owned slaves and  Andrew Jackson was a slave trader!  The first White President held slaves and George Washington probably hung out between sessions crafting the Constitution bitching to another Founding Father how stupid, shiftless and lazy his niggers were.

A White President can say “nigger” and they have and will again. If they don’t want to be racist about it all they need to do is say it in context the way the Black President did. Then sit back and watch the media lose their minds about that.
Everything Obama said has been reduced to one stupid word. Faux Noise Network is positively wetting themselves with indignant harrumphs. As if they’ve never generously applied the word to the president in editorial meetings.

Sucker bet.

Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli, who is black, expressed outrage during a discussion on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.”

“He has really dragged in the gutter-speak of rap music,” Borelli said. “So now he’s the first President of rap, of street? I mean, come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the President of the United States.”

“The President-in-chief, the rapper-in-chief now, is further dividing our country,” Borelli continued.

All eyez on me.

Borelli, a Conservative Review correspondent, said Obama’s use of the word spoke “volumes” about who he is as a President.

“The man is divisive and he has taken the level of the office of the presidency down to another level by saying these words and he’s continuing — listen, class warfare — you name it,” Borelli said, trying to list what Obama has done wrong. “He’s dividing the country. … He makes it seem like our country is the racist (sic) country in the world, and it’s not.”

Host Bill Hemmer contributed his take on the use of the word.

“I mean as a white American, my entire life I know that this is an electric word,” Hemmer said. “And you stay away from it. … This is something that we thought was entirely off-limits and now you have the President using it.”

Shut the hell up!  Your stupidity offends me.   Damn Fox News!

As many times as Obama has been called a nigger, if he can’t say it, nobody can.

“Jeepers, Wally. I never thought I’d ever hear the President drop an N-bomb.” “That’s because you’re a total fucking tool, Beaver.”

The Hypocrisy of the NFL’s N-Word Ban

“Don’t hurt me N-words.”

In yet another clumsily misguided attempt to exercise control over the players, the NFL is considering making the saying the slur, “nigger” on the field punishable by a 15-yard penalty.  Well, isn’t that sweet?   A league run by a pompous ass of a commissioner who cashed $44 million in checks last year given to him by 32 billionaires and millionaires and not a dark face among any of them are going to impose their morality upon the 70 percent Black young urban men who make up their teams.

The NFL is in full reactionary mode in the aftermath of the investigation into the sordid and ugly racial harassment suffered by Jonathan Martin by the crude Richie Incognito and other Miami Dolphins players.   Trying to impose a ban on a troublesome word won’t solve the problem of bullying in the locker room, but Roger Goodell isn’t one of the world’s most thoughtful CEO’s.   His approach is that of a hammer with nails all around him.

So if I’m a NFL player and I can’t say “nigger” but I can say “REDSKINS! REDSKINS! REDSKINS!”  that’s all good with Goodell?   Smells like a double standard to me.

“Wassup, my N-words?”

ESPN’s  Outside the Lines recently discussed the usage of “nigger” in popular sports and how the word is considered radically differently by generations with some seeing it as nothing but a vile and vicious insult while a younger generation that grew up dancing to it in rap music and hip-hop culture embrace it as a term of affection.

I didn’t get a lot out of the conversation except being disappointed in Michael Wilbon, a well-respected sports journalist,  shrugging off the slur as something he’s okay with because he uses the word when he’s kickin’ it  with the fellas.   The rationalization that it’s time to fight if a White guy asks, “Are you my nigga?”  but it’s all good when a Black guy does it is garbage.

There is no racial slur equal to being called a “nigger.” That is always the ultimate trump card a White person can throw on the table to insult a Black person. What’s the equivalent retort? White trash? Cracker? Republican?

Why someone thinks it is empowering to refer to themselves or others by a word that has always been to cast doubt on the very humanity of Blacks is a bafflement to me. I’m sure there’s an explanation of how this works, but I’ve never heard a good one.

I neither have nor want friends that feel comfortable in calling me a nigger and misspelling it as “nigga” is bullshit that doesn’t fly with me either.  Still, you can’t regulate and legislate “nigger” out of existence.   The NAACP staged a mock burial of the epithet several years ago, but that failed to kill it off.   How could it?  Only time, education and a greater sophistication of how unnecessary and stigmatizing it is to keep pumping life into what should be a dead word will drive the stake through its rancid heart.

Chris Murray, the Philadelphia-based sports journalist added his disdain for using “nigger” as a term among friends in his Facebook news feed with some in agreement and a few in vehement disagreement with one guy making a point of letting everyone know it too.

 Everybody in this thread is a nigger. I said it!!!

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I made a common mistake.  I attempted to being reasonable with an unreasonable man.  I said, “Please brother, speak FOR yourself ABOUT yourself. If you want to wear that tag, wear if for yourself, but don’t try to hang it around my neck.”

“I don’t know any niggers, don’t hang with any niggers and don’t call anyone a nigger.”

Jeff Winbush oh yea…you a nigger too. And you know quite a few.

I’m a proud nigga. Gonna be one until I die. And Jeff Winbush do your homework before you try to insult me. Nigga!!!!

No hood talk, not tryin to be tuff. Just truth. Ya know, it ain’t bad bein a nigga. I’m just not a white mans nigger! Get the.point!

Nigga nigga nigga nigga.

Trying to insult someone you don’t know with an ignorant word is really kind of ignorant. It’s a strong indicator you have to resort to dumb words because you don’t know enough smart ones.  I’m a proud Black man and nobody’s nigger or “nigga” which is just a cowardly way of trying to remix a vile and foolish word.

You can’t polish a turd. Trying to reclaim “nigger” as a term of endearment is a fool’s errand and an epic FAIL.  You’re saying “we” never had a problem with the word when you mean “I” never had a problem with the word.

I DO have a problem with the word and the word has gone away from my vocabulary. I don’t associate myself with an ignorant word that has only been used to degrade and diminish the humanity of Black people.

For the sake of accuracy, there’s no such thing as a “nigga.”  That’s a hip bastardization of a troublesome word.   Either you believe in the slur or you don’t.  All in or all out.  I’m out.

The NFL should be too.  Out of trying to be the P.C. police imposing the ethical standards of White owners on Black players.   They should trust in the ability of the players themselves to police their own language and each other.   If the NFL really finds the N-word so offensive they should stop treating the players like that’s what they are.

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Does the Right To Privacy Include the Right To Be Racist?

There is a belief—a hope, really–that racism is so uncool and we’re all too hip to waste time hating someone based on something as silly as skin color.

Reality has a bad habit of shredding belief and hope. A few weeks ago, America messed around and reelected a Black guy as President. This historical event was not marked with universal acclaim.

That is when young White kids went to Twitter and Facebook to show how proud they were of their red necks.

“Since when did we allow monkeys to be President?”

“If Obama wins, I’m gonna buy a coon hound and hunt the nigger down”

“All you blackies only want Obama bec he is black. Bet you know nothing about him. Learn some shit. Then decide who you want. Not by color.”

#MyPresidentIsBlack..#FuckMyLife

“Obama’s a nigger. That’s why he shouldn’t live in the WHITE house.”

‘Romney’s campaign filed a lawsuit today claiming the election was “nigger rigged” ‘

“If I were invited to the White House I’d go to spit in the presdent’s face. NIGGER.”

“We were doin just fine with white presidents…leave it to a nigger to mess stuff up”

“Good news niggers. Four more years of living. Off the white man”

“I hope the White House burns down and Obama and his family are in there…and the whole democratic party for that matter”

These tweets and posts were compiled on a Tumbir page called Hellothereracists. The creator of the page went further than simply reproducing the racist messages. He also included their names, pictures, towns and even the high schools and occupations as well.

This has created a tug-of-war between two core principles. The right of citizens to express themselves even in the most hateful terms against their expectation of privacy. A girl in Methuen, Massachusetts might not really gob in President Obama’s face if she should meet him in the White House, but as bigoted and ignorant as she may be, she is not a public figure.

Does it make anyone less racist if they are outed on the Internet for tweeting something racist?

In this week’s bout of Internet shaming, a Tumblr called Hello There, Racists! is collecting the sentiments of bigoted Obama haters. Many are teenagers, and their tweets and Facebook posts appear with their pictures and the names of the cities they live in and the schools they go to. Scrolling through this collection, I’m so grossed out by the tweets that it’s hard to remember why I think this Tumblr is such a bad idea. OK, right: As my colleague Laura Anderson reminded me in an email thread, “I don’t think strangers should be posting minors’ contact information on the Internet, period.” Internet vigilante-ism at the expense of kids is just a terrible idea, given their youth and the evidence that their brains aren’t fully developed, especially in the impulse-control regions.

I also doubt the public shaming will push these kids to reconsider their views—more like give them more reason for indignation. If you come under attack for something you thought you said privately, however wrong you were about that, wouldn’t you feel anger more than remorse?

I’m not a big believer in the purifying effect of public shaming, but I’m even less so when you’re throwing the dumb things kids say back in their faces. Many adults have learned to their sorrow how that post bitching about the boss and his stank breath ended up on their next performance review. Future employers and college admission boards might not look favorably on choosing someone who publicly called the president a nigger and hopes he and his family die in a fire.

Racism isn’t cool. Most of us already reached that conclusion without having our noses rubbed in vulgar descriptors of Black people. Your mama’s assertion of the threat level posed by sticks and stones compared to stupid words is still correct. Maybe if left to their own devices some of these dumb kids will eventually smarten up.

We don’t let kids get a driver’s license or vote until they turn 18. They can’t drink (legally) before 21. They can’t sign certain legal documents or join the military things until their voices deepen and their balls drop. There are many reasons why kids can’t do a lot of things, but the best reason is they aren’t mature enough to be responsible.

It’s a bad to hold teenagers responsible for every stupid things they say and do when they are teenagers. George Zimmerman’s lawyers want to see records of Trayvon Martin’s Tweets. Set aside how ghoulish it is to go rifling through the spontaneous thoughts of a dead kid and ask why the attorneys want that access. They are looking for expressions by Martin of anger, violent tendencies and dangerous beliefs. Just enough smoke to cast doubt in a juror’s mind that Martin might have been a criminal in waiting and Zimmerman was right in blowing out his flame.

From the perspective of someone who has no patience for racism, causing a little embarrassment to these kids at a point in their intellectual development they might still understand how wrong they are, isn’t entirely all bad.

As someone who neither believes in censorship or heavy-handed political correctness, the black and white response by the Hello there, Racists creator is in its own way just as brash and misguided as the crude bigotry of those he holds up to ridicule.   The spontaneous reactions of kids being dickish in a Facebook post should not include their names and faces, what school they attend or jobs they work. Calling the president a “coon” and a “nigger” and hoping he and his family die in a fire in the White House is vile stuff. In some cases may justify a Secret Service inquiry.

Publicly humiliating Johnny and Sally in a modern version of the pillory and stocks may knock the hate out of them as others are encouraged to throw rotten vegetables at them in cyberspace. Or it may compel them to double down instead.

We can grow up and out of our misguided beliefs. Instead of scrawling them in a secret diary some of our uglier, anti-social thoughts get expressed in social media. That is an opportunity to show a young, impressionable mind where they got it wrong. Scorn and hatred returned to them may only serve to validate their expressions of ignorance.

The Black Mamba Who Had Anger Management Issues

 

Don't make Kobe homophobic. You won't like him when he's homophobic.

After Kobe Bryant dropped a profane double-F bomb on referee Bennie Adams following being assessed a foul, I wasn’t expecting anyone could find a justification for Bryant’s ugly idiocy.   I should have.  It seems there is nothing that can be said anymore that somebody can’t be an apologist for.

In this case it came from David Kaufman writing in The Root, (a publication I contribute to as well).   Kaufman said:

Although Bryant’s word choice is certainly unfortunate, equally worrisome is the near-instant racial — and racist — overtones now permeating this debate. At its core is the comparison of the word “faggot” with “nigger,” a comparison that has become emblematic of the LGBT movement’s unabashed co-option of the African-American struggle. In this case, reader comments on blog after blog repeatedly invoke the word “nigger” in their Kobe takedown as — in the words of Joe.My.God reader “beeblmeyer” — they “wonder how Mr. Bryant would feel if someone said, ‘Fucking nigger.’ “

The real wonder here is how folks could think there is anything to compare in the first place. Without a doubt, Bryant uttered the epithet in anger, but in a fit of homophobia? Not necessarily, at least until we know for certain whether referee Bennie Adams is gay.

Despite what gay, black ex-NBA player John Amaechi might have said in today’s USA Today, calling someone a “fucking nigger” has an entirely different historical meaning and context. A black person is called a nigger precisely and exclusively because he is black. Period. And the core of the word’s offense — and racism — stems from this sheer conspicuousness. I’ve been called a nigger more than once, and there’s no doubt it was because of the color of my skin, not because I’d pissed someone off.

Anger management class?

Like Kaufman, I’ve been called a nigger too and more often than not the person doing the calling was Black, not White.   It hurt less, but it offended more because you would think someone Black would know better.  Too often they don’t because they mistakenly believe it’s okay when it’s used within the race.  But even Richard Pryor learned how wretched a word “nigger” really is.  To suggest it hurts a gay man less to be called a “faggot”  is absurd.  

Sometimes I can go weeks and months without calling my wife or kids niggers. I can kiss my lovely wife on the cheek in the morning without saying, “Hello, nigger.” When my daughter comes home from high school, I almost never ask, “Hey, nigger! Learn anything useful today?” When my son drags himself home from a lousy day at work rarely do I greet him at the door with, “Nigger, why didn’t you take the trash out this morning?”

I don’t use the word “nigger” as a commonplace word and I’m weary of the suggestion “all Black people do.” Not in my house they don’t. I’ve been Black for some time now and I deleted it out of my lexicon once I figured out I people I admired like Nikki Giovanni, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King or Shirley Chisholm’s were nobody’s niggers.

I do get offended by the casual and thoughtless way the slur is tossed around. If it’s wrong for a White fan at a NBA game to shout from the cheap seats, “Pass the ball and stop jackin’ up shots, nigger!” it’s equally wrong for a Black power forward to scream at the Black point guard on his team, “Pass the ball and stop jackin’ up shots, nigger!”

“Nigger” always was a slur and always will be. Ignorant words don’t become acceptable merely because ignorant people mistakenly think it’s fashionable.

That includes calling someone a “fucking faggot” after you get whistled for a foul. Even if you don’t believe you fouled anyone. David Stern should have doubled the fine and given Kobe a game off without pay. Sure, he’d be out $259,298.00, but he probably wouldn’t have to result to collecting tin cans by the freeway to make up the difference.

Is Kaufman saying there’s nothing homophobic in what Bryant said unless we know referee Bernie Adams is gay?  What about the gay fans who heard Bryant?  What about all the players, coaches, trainers and anyone else within earshot who might be gay?

Once we start choosing “this word you should be offended by, but that word we’re going to let slide” we say this kind of bigotry and prejudice is okay because it affects me, but others are okay because they don’t.   Contrary to what Mr. Kaufman might think straight Black people do not have the exclusive rights on suffering. 

I don’t question the fact Kobe is one hell of a basketball player who can single-handedly impose his will on a game, but his greatness is no excuse for his brain-dead behavior.  Bryant is also a pampered, entitled brat who scowls, sticks out his lip like a perpetually pissed-off teenager and seems to lose his mind when a referee has the audacity to assess a foul on him.

Kobe’s constant scowling gets on my nerves. The Black Mamba seems to think it makes him look tough. I think it makes him look like an irate two-year old with a fully loaded pull-up.

The ref should have shot back, “I’m not a fucking faggot, Kobe Bean Bryant, but you are a fucking dick.”

Kobe needs a class in sensitivity training and apparently a few of us do as too.   Mr. Kaufman, take your seat.

"I did NOT call a foul on you. You're not even in the game!"

Mark Twain gets a P.C. makeover

Is "Huckleberry Finn" too racist to read?

Publisher’s Weekly reports a  Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is being updated for today’s students by removing all references to a potentially troublesome word: nigger.

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.” Yet, for decades, it has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional reading lists, or banned outright, appearing again and again on lists of the nation’s most challenged books, and all for its repeated use of a single, singularly offensive word: “nigger.”

Twain himself defined a “classic” as “a book which people praise and don’t read.” Rather than see Twain’s most important work succumb to that fate, Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books plan to release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the “n” word (as well as the “in” word, “Injun”) by replacing it with the word “slave.”

“This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind,” said Gribben, speaking from his office at Auburn University at Montgomery, where he’s spent most of the past 20 years heading the English department. “Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”

The idea of a more politically correct Finn came to the 69-year-old English professor over years of teaching and outreach, during which he habitually replaced the word with “slave” when reading aloud. Gribben grew up without ever hearing the “n” word (“My mother said it’s only useful to identify [those who use it as] the wrong kind of people”) and became increasingly aware of its jarring effect as he moved South and started a family. “My daughter went to a magnet school and one of her best friends was an African-American girl. She loathed the book, could barely read it.”

Why is it whenever adults want to engage in politically correctness they grab a kid and use them as a shield. “Hey, I’m just thinking about the kids.” How about thinking about their ability to reason and be exposed to and attempt to understand difficult concepts for a change?

Kids are cruel and “nigger” is a cruel word, but you have to one particularly delicate hothouse flower to be a contemporary American child and never heard, read, or been exposed to that word.  Huckleberry Finn uses the epithet of “nigger” no less than 214 times.   Wow.  Twain must have been some kind of hardcore bigot, huh?

Here’s what Twain had to say about that: “I am quite sure that I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no colour prejudices nor creed prejudices, indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being – that is enough for me. He can’t be any worse.”

I take Twain at his word. He was trying to be better than his time and circumstances. I totally get why someone might take offense at the edgy words, but Twain used “nigger” in a historical content, not as a racial pejorative. Twain was not a bigot.

It’s one thing to change antiquated language to a more contemporary form in order to make it more accessible, but this is tampering with an author’s original work.  Twain was a very intelligent man. He could have used “Negro” or “colored” instead of “nigger” but he chose not to.  “Nigger” has a much more potent sting to it, but perhaps that was Twain’s intent.

At any point, if this is a case where someone doesn’t want to be offended, read another book and problem’s solved. But I read books by James Baldwin and Richard Wright, and they didn’t shy away from using the N-word where they thought it appropriate.

I think it’s sad that someone charged with the responsibility of  would support the altering and bastardization of an American classic due to the misguided fears that someone might be offended by the usage of an objectionable word.

Old Dead White Guy gets one right.

It starts with words and it evolves into concepts. There was a lot of righteous wrath on the Left when the Texas Board of Education started selectively rewriting history books. What makes it so much more acceptable to start altering a book because it contains a word that might upset a few sensitive souls?

Let’s change any book that uses the word, “faggot.” It hurts the feelings of homosexuals.

Let’s change any book where someone is called a “bitch.” It demeans women.

Let’s change any book that describes a character as “fat.” It makes people who are carrying too much weight feel singled out.

In fact, let’s just scrub any book that offends anyone. We can start with the Bible and go from there.

Gribben dismisses criticism that Twain’s work should be read as he wrote it as “textual purists.” What a snobbish, elitist attitude! Because he has a personal anecdote about his daughter having a friend who was offended by Huckleberry Finn that’s a reason to start striking out offending words?

Sorry, but it’s not. The right to take offense does not mean carry with it the provision everything be sanitized so no one is offended.

Huckleberry Finn should be treated like any other book or topic with controversial content. The student should be allowed to “opt out” and read something else instead. My daughter brings home these kinds of papers all the time advising parents material is being covered that might ruffle a few feathers.

Students should be challenged and at times confronted by material that is demanding, difficult, tough and troubling. They don’t need to be protected and sheltered. Let them read about Huck Finn and Jim exactly how Twain wrote it and decide for themselves if this is a “master and slave” relationship.

Any professor worth the title should appreciate the value of encouraging critical thinking in young minds but obviously Gribben doesn’t share that belief. That he would shred and ruin a substantial literary work to soothe his own delicate sensibilities is disgusting. That others would sign off on an ham-fisted attempt at back door censorship is disappointing.

Leave Twain alone.  Instead of shying away from indelicate words and troublesome topics, it’s healthier and a lot smarter to talk about the meanings of Twain’s message.   Scrubbing what appears to be dirty stifles reasoning and comprehension instead of stimulating it.

Classic works should not be tampered with by revisionist goody-goodies and p.c. busy bodies.

Who Gets to Use the N-Word?

This guy can...

 

In the circles I travel with the N-word is used about as often in normal conversation as “antidisestablishmentarianism.” When the N-word does come out to play it is usually as a sudden epithet such as, “NIGGER, PLEASE!” You learn to pardon it like it was a particularly loud fart. That or we’re trying to throw lines from a Chris Rock routine or Blazing Saddles

Otherwise, I’m of the mind that it’s primarily youngsters saying it so casually. Partially because they don’t know any better and partially because they do know how much it ticks off older folks and what normal teenager doesn’t take sadistic pleasure in ticking off older folks as much as it is humanly possible to do? 

Some of them grow older and hopefully smarter and outgrow both the word and the need to tick off old folks. Some just grow older and stay dumb. They never learn how truly wretched a word it really is so they keep using it and the next thing you know they’re stuck talking like Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction for the rest of their lives. 

Speaking of which, the most stilted dialog in the whole movie is when talented director but talentless actor Quentin Tarantino starts dressing down Samuel Jackson with his wholly unconvincing “dead nigger storage” harangue. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean. It sounds totally artificial and not the least bit authentic. Normal White Folks say “nigger” but they don’t say it like that. At least I’ve never heard any of them ever say it that way before, after or since. 

...and these guys can...

 

Dr. Laura did not say the caller “Jade” was a nigger. She simply used a racial slur in a clumsy, spectacularly clueless and totally inelegant and inappropriate way. In retrospect she should have just farted. 

Still, even her moronic outburst is an opportunity for a “teachable moment.”  Why does it seem that a Black comedian can drop N-bombs without a care in the world, but let a White talk show host try the same thing and we’re fitting her for concrete sneakers.  

Here’s why. Comedians are by nature of their job description supposed to try and find the humor in anything even when it appears there’s nothing funny about it. A good comedian can take an eyebrow-arching word and make it funny. George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks, Redd Foxx, Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Margaret Cho, Lisa Lampanelli, Chris Rock can do it. A bad comedian throws out a “bad word” and it kind of just lies there like a soiled diaper. I’m looking at you Andrew Dice Clay, Katt Williams, Jackie Martling and especially YOU, Michael Richards. 

I believe Dr. Laura was referencing the long vanished from the airwaves Def Comedy Jam series when she talked about Black comedians saying, “nigger, nigger, nigger.” Her reference point was out-of-date by 13 years, but she was pretty much right. You could turn on Def Comedy Jam and hear comedians saying “nigger, nigger, nigger.” Pretty much because the majority of them were lousy comedians and a lot of lousy comedians swear when they can’t think of anything else. Like Richard Pryor said he tried to mix some jokes in with the cuss words. Too many comedians learned the second part of the formula and suck at the first part. 

...and so can these guys (though they do way too much)...

 

There’s no double-standard here. Ignorant people reach for ignorant words because it troubles them too much to find smarter ones. 

As a writer and I wouldn’t dream of telling another writer they can’t use the N-word, the C-word, the MF word or any other word simply because it offends me. There are times people need to be offended and a well-applied epithet, vulgarity or swear word utilized by the right person can have as deft a touch as surgeon’s scalpel and cut deeply without drawing blood. As far as it goes for a painter, poet, actor, author, singer or rapper, I won’t be the one to tell them “You can’t say that.” But when if you do be prepared to suffer the consequences. There are limits even to artistic license. For those who are not comedians or artists such as Dr. Laura they should step lightly lest they step on their own tongue. 

She didn’t. She stomped all over the joint in big honkin’ combat boots. And all she ended up doing was kicking her own tush. There’s probably a way she COULD have used the N-word without being a total arrogant, condescending rhymes-with-witch. 

Unfortunately, that would require the bad doctor being something more than a totally, arrogant, condescending rhymes-with-witch. Anyone who has the chutzpah to practice psychology without license and get it away with it this long doesn’t do humility. 

Does this mean Black people can say “nigger” and White people can’t? 

No. 

White people called Black people “nigger” a lot longer than Black people ever called each other “nigger.” There are still some die-hards on both sides who won’t let go. Blacks can still shock and offend Whites by using it casually and it’s always a hold card to be played by Whites when they really want to get raw with Blacks. There is no equivalent retort a Black person can throw back in retaliation. 

“Honky?”
“Cracker?”
“Whitey?”
“Ofay?”
“White devil?”
“Redneck”
“White trash?”
“White MF?”
“Dick Cheney?”
 

Nothing quite seems to measure up in comparison.  “Nigger” is still the go-to smear when you absolutely, positively want to hit us where it hurts.  

Which makes it something of a verbal hand grenade.   Anyone can handle it, but’s it’s best left to those who know how to use it in the proper circumstances. 

...but no N-word for you!

Dr. Laura’s Racial Diarrhea

Never have so many been duped by someone so ignorant.

Another day, another foot to be surgically removed from someone’s mouth.  The dummy this time was Dr. Laura Schlessinger, right-wing radio yakker who went off on an all-time high “nigger” rant on a Black caller who was asking the quack, phony psychologist for advice on how to handle a bout of racial insensitivity from her husband and friends.   The caller named Jade says hers was an interracial marriage.


SCHLESSINGER:
Jade, welcome to the program.

CALLER:
Hi, Dr. Laura.

SCHLESSINGER: Hi.

CALLER: I’m having an issue with my husband where I’m starting to grow very resentful of him. I’m black, and he’s white. We’ve been around some of his friends and family members who start making racist comments as if I’m not there or if I’m not black. And my husband ignores those comments, and it hurts my feelings. And he acts like —

SCHLESSINGER: Well, can you give me an example of a racist comment? ‘Cause sometimes people are hypersensitive. So tell me what’s — give me two good examples of racist comments.

CALLER: OK. Last night — good example — we had a neighbor come over, and this neighbor — when every time he comes over, it’s always a black comment. It’s, “Oh, well, how do you black people like doing this?” And, “Do black people really like doing that?” And for a long time, I would ignore it. But last night, I got to the point where it —

SCHLESSINGER:
I don’t think that’s racist.

CALLER:
Well, the stereotype —

SCHLESSINGER: I don’t think that’s racist. No, I think that —

CALLER: [unintelligible]

SCHLESSINGER: No, no, no. I think that’s — well, listen, without giving much thought, a lot of blacks voted for Obama simply ’cause he was half-black. Didn’t matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a black thing. You gotta know that. That’s not a surprise. Not everything that somebody says — we had friends over the other day; we got about 35 people here — the guys who were gonna start playing basketball. I was going to go out and play basketball. My bodyguard and my dear friend is a black man. And I said, “White men can’t jump; I want you on my team.” That was racist? That was funny.

CALLER: How about the N-word? So, the N-word’s been thrown around —

SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger.

CALLER:
That isn’t —

SCHLESSINGER: I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing; but when black people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing. Don’t hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don’t go away.

On his Facebook page, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, commentator and my former colleague at The Daily Voice asked if Dr. Laura was a “martyr for racial correctness?”

Dr. Laura as a martyr?   Come on, Earl,  I know you’re trying to generate page hits same as I am, but let’s be serious.

Could we be so lucky? Probably not.

Since when is saying “nigger” repeatedly and taking offense to it “racial correctness?”   Schlessinger was simply exercising her right as a wealthy White woman to say whatever she wants to whomever she wants when she wants.   How you gonna to tell her she can’t say “nigger” as much as she damn well pleases?

Back from the commercial break, the mad doctor doubled down on the nigger diarrhea:

CALLER:
I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad.

SCHLESSINGER:
All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race. If you’re going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, “OK, what do blacks think? What do whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think?” Of course there isn’t a one-think per se. But in general there’s “think.”

And what I just heard from Jade is a lot of what I hear from black-think — and it’s really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the N-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to black comics, you hear “nigger, nigger, nigger.” I didn’t call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade. Actually, sucky try.

Need a sense of humor, sense of humor — and answer the question. When somebody says, “What do blacks think?” say, “This is what I think. This is what I read that if you take a poll the majority of blacks think this.” Answer the question and discuss the issue. It’s like we can’t discuss anything without saying there’s -isms?

We have to be able to discuss these things. We’re people — goodness gracious me. Ah — hypersensitivity, OK, which is being bred by black activists. I really thought that once we had a black president, the attempt to demonize whites hating blacks would stop, but it seems to have grown, and I don’t get it. Yes, I do. It’s all about power. I do get it. It’s all about power and that’s sad because what should be in power is not power or righteousness to do good — that should be the greatest power.

Man, what a patronizing bitch!   The first mistake our caller Jade made was to think she was going to get any sort of useful advice from a nut like Dr. Laura.   Her second was thinking she could actually debate this witch.   You never get the last word with someone who controls the microphone and can dump a call when it starts going sideways on them.  

Schlessinger, whose degree is in physiology, not psychology (which means she doesn’t know what she’s talking about) has dispensed her pabulum to the masses for  years now.  She already deserves to spend some time in the dunk tank for her condescending theorizing how “without giving much thought, a lot of blacks voted for Obama simply ’cause he was half-black. Didn’t matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a black thing.”

Lawd, when are the White folks going to stop beating that particular dead horse?  Without giving any thought, a lot of White voted for McCain simply ‘cause he was all-White.  Didn’t matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a White thing.  White people always vote to protect their interests based upon race, but that’s considered the norm so nobody bitches.

Dr. Laura appeared on The Larry King Show and gave a simpering and whiny excuse why she was giving up her syndicated radio show at the end of the year.

“The reason is I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she told King, according to E! Online. “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.”

Not as done as I am with these losers whom in a sudden burst of honesty say exactly what they think, issue some half-assed “apology” and then claim themselves as some sort of candidate for sainthood.

She’s a grown woman and (supposedly) an intelligent one. Isn’t being “accountable” a word we hear tossed around a lot these days? She said it. She apologized for it. She quit.

THAT’S accountability.

Eminem has a lot of pull with Black folks.  He’s got as authentic a ghetto pass as any White dude ever has.   Has he ever called someone a “nigger” in one of his raps?  If HE hasn’t Dr. Laura’s got no beef.

Saying “nigger” or “nigga” or any other bastardized version of the word doesn’t make you hip, cool, or happening.  It makes you ignorant and I refuse to applaud ignorance.   There’s a word that matters here and that word is context.    HOW you say the word, WHEN you say the word and WHY you say the word matters.   Context matters.

And by the way, Dr. Laura never had a ghetto pass to be revoked.

Doc rocks the chocolate.