Thanks Jesse Jackson….

For your slip up on Fox.  I saw this video clip of The View.  The ladies decided to take up this issue and here is the heated exchange: Clip  For the first time since Elizabeth has been on this show, I agree with her 99.5% on this topic (the .5 percent that I didn’t agree with was the crying…lol)

Isn’t is interesting how 2 women of color (Whoopi and Sherri) are arguing with a white woman (Elizabeth) to defend their use of a derogatory term that was and still is used to degrade and belittle their own ancestors?  One would have thought that Whoopi had learned her lesson from when she and then boyfriend Ted Danson showed up at an event dressed in black face makeup.

This will always be an issue in the black community because some of us think that if we own the word, it somehow takes the sting out of the word.  Some believe that they have turned this word into a term of endearment.  What they fail to realize is that it’s not about them, it’s about our ancestors who scarifieded their lives for us.

I disagree with black folk who think it is a term of endearment, or those who feel that black people can use the word but white people can’t. The reason why I do not use the word is because my parents taught me the history of that word.   As a child I remember watching  Eyes on the Prize.  I saw how innocent black people were called niggers and porch monkeys.  I saw video clips of how angry mobs of white people shouted and tanted ‘kill all the niggers’ before hanging black folks from trees or dragging them to their death.

You never hear people in the Jewish community using the word ‘kike’ as a term of endearment.  They teach their children about their culture and how to appreciate their history.  They don’t allow anyone of any color to undervalue their history or their ancestors; why can’t my people get to that point? 

 For the first time in the history of America, a black man may soon be elected President of the United States, and we are arguing rather the use of a derogatory racist term used against people of color is ok to use in our daily lives…. When will we stop underestimating, undervaluing and marginalizing our culture and our experiences in this country?

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6 Responses

  1. Thank you.

  2. jj gets too much attention

  3. i’m with you (and UGH! elizabeth what’s-her-name! on The View) on this issue… i’ve never understood how you can sit around and tell someone NOT to do something that you seem to relish doing?!? it’s like AH HA! i can say “NIGGA NIGGA NIGGA!” all i want, but since you’re white, you can’t!!!

    the logic seems to escape me. i was as appalled upon learning that jesse jackson used the word for Obama (and not as a term of endearment, mind you), than if some white person had done it! we’ve become de-sensitized to the “wrong-ness” of the n-word, due to its unfettered use in the Black community… but i’m sorry, that doesn’t make it right!

    whoopi and the other chick (i don’t watch the show, sorry) missed a PRIME opportunity to talk about how wrong the word is, and how NO intelligent person (no matter the race) should be referring to another human being with that word… instead they sounded like two idiots by trying to justify their use of it!

  4. There are not too many of us in this country that have never referred to blacks in our day to day conversation with one another as “Niggers”. As demeaning as the word is, according to the dictionary term, it has been ingrained in the American psyche with an indelible mark that is literally a brand on our foreheads. Those who react to its emotional impact must realize, that since the call to stop using this word, more attention has been given to its controversial origin and its applicable usage.

    I wonder if Mr. Obama has ever been called a “nigger”? If so, how did he react to it? Have you ever been called a “nigger”? How did you react to it? I have been called a “nigger” many of times, by both blacks and whites. As a result, I have been angry at some and I have laughed and gave the person some “dap” for its descriptive adjective connotation, that has somehow became a solidarity ritual within the black community, since God knows when. Nowadays, white boys are calling each other “nigger”. Nigger, please! Nigger please! Nigger please! Everywhere blacks and whites assemble and gather you hear the word! Is it a cuss word? Is it a fuss word? Is it ony an “us” word? What kind of word is it?

    With its double standard usage in today’s American society and as other races and cultures embraces its slang interpretation, while making it their own, I doubt if White America cares a great deal about the media’s divide and conquer exploitatives on this matter. The best thing we can do as a people, is to move on and quit focusing on how it has diminished the reputation of Mr. Jackson, or hurt Mr. Obama! For every finger pointing at anyone, there are multiples pointing back at you. “If God were counting errors, none of us could stand.” “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” Get my point? Forgiveness is divine, to remember is only natural, but to let go will heal your mind!

    Does the so-called Reverend need to wash his mouth out with soap? Maybe so, but so does the FCC and the airwaves of American Media, Film and Print, then maybe, the word “Nigger” will gradually dissapear from our minds. Until then, brother can you spare a dime?

  5. I have to agree with you on this one. I was cringing every time someone said the n-word was a ‘term of endearment’. I never liked to be called that – even by other blacks.

  6. “For the first time in the history of America, a black man may soon be elected President of the United States, and we are arguing rather the use of a derogatory racist term used against people of color is ok to use in our daily lives…. When will we stop underestimating, undervaluing and marginalizing our culture and our experiences in this country?”

    Sir, your comments resonated with a recent post I made: http://ericredmond.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/how-can-any-christian-african-american-vote-for-obama-throwing-the-race-card-on-an-all-black-table/. I wrote it for my non-African American Christian brethren who keep asking about Obama and the evangelical vote of African Americans. (Please consider that “evangelical” and “social/political conservative” are not the same, nor is “evangelical” and “strict constructionist / originalist.” Most African American church goers are evangelical, but not politically conservative, although some fall in both camps.) I do not attempt to resolve anything by the article. I only wish to keep my brethren from minimalizing the experiences of African Americans.

    I appreciate your blog.

    ECR

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