Tuesday, June 23, 2015

President Obama Said "Nigger"!


Monday, June 22nd turned out to be the day to use the word nigger. If anybody out there had been itching to say nigger, they could've done so Monday and got a pass.

The whole nigger using thing got started when President Obama used the word in an interview. Here is what he said.


"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public," Obama said in an interview for the podcast "WTF with Marc Maron."

"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."

That set off an ensuing social and TV media firestorm. You can go here  https://twitter.com/search?q=obama%20n%20word&src=tyah for endless tweets regarding the President saying "nigger".

Then later on CNN's Don Lemon said the word during a debate about saying it with CNN analyst Sunny Hostin.

Here's Lemon and Hostin gong at it.

My opinion is the word shouldn't be sanitized. I've never been a fan of this "N-word" tip toe around.

The shouldn't be glamorized either. In historical and journalistic contexts it should be left as is, lest we find ourselves being fed diluted history and journalism. To remove the word completely from the English language is to create a huge void in Black history.To remove the word from the language would create a huge void in historical racism.

I agree racial and degradative uses of the word should be exiled somewhere off this globe. However, the reality is the word nigger isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

The word is not going anywhere because it's steeped in history. It's also steeped in racism and ignorance. And both of those certainly aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

The overwhelming response to him saying the word versus the tepid responses to the thousands of times he's been called a nigger confirms - racism is alive, well, and endorsed by a lot of folks.

As far as the President saying it. Trust me on this one, he's not the first one to say it. He's just the first one to say it public.

Sip on this real slow until my next post.
Lyndon Johnson said the word “nigger” a lot.

In Senate cloakrooms and staff meetings, Johnson was practically a connoisseur of the word. According to Johnson biographer Robert Caro, Johnson would calibrate his pronunciations by region, using “nigra” with some southern legislators and “negra” with others. Discussing civil rights legislation with men like Mississippi Democrat James Eastland, who committed most of his life to defending white supremacy, he’d simply call it “the nigger bill.” - Read it for yourself @ http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/lyndon-johnson-civil-rights-racism

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