On the heels of the Paula Deen controversy and the racial slurs revealed in the George Zimmerman trial, CNN's Don Lemon will anchor “The N Word”, a provocative and honest debate. "The N Word" airs tonight 7p E.T. on CNN.
You had just mentioned that most discrimination happens against black people in America...that shocks me. Affimative action is the most publicly acceptable means of discrimination of white men specifically. that is race discrimination at it's highest. the only people in America that that destroys is white men.
There is far too much taboo surrounding the n-word and people need to just accept that it exists. If someone says a racial slur, out of hate toward someone, with the intent to hurt them, then, yes, they are a bad person. And guess what... you no longer have to associate yourself with that person! I'm sick and tired of everyone having a fit over matters that need not be debated. It as though media drives these debates in order to keep the American public distracted...
I am a black man. I'm opposed to the use of the N word. I understand it's use among youth and old alike within the Black community as a term that indicates that a high level trust and a strong bond exists between two people. Afterall, being able to refer to someone with such a historically negative and violent word without having a negative response from the person you are referring to, demonstrates how close the two people are. However, I have to wonder why one would embrace the negative to demonstrate the positive. It's the equivalent of using the whip used in slavery days to show your good friend affection.
I don't believe in using the word ***** myself. But I also understand when other black people used it. The word "*****" is more of a recognition of a person who has endured a mutual struggle in black history and also as a black person in present day America. That's why it is a "term of endearment." It's a way of connecting in one word. There is definitely a difference when a white person says it because they did not endure the same struggle.
This word should never be used because this word was used before many peoples death!!! There is so much hate behind this word! WHERE IS OPRAH? Seriously, what is going on. You are stirring up a racism tsunami.
There is a video of an interview with a wife (unsure if past or present) of Richard Pryor & she uses the N word & other street terms as if by being married to Richard Pryor gave her a pass. Even being married or just having sex with Pryor will never give any white person a pass to use the word!!
#TheNWord is trendin, Im all for rational discussion of the word, but I dont believe Twitter is the place for it. 140 characters aint enough
by Anku Sa Ra7/1/2013 11:46:10 PM
The problem isn't the word ******...The problem is that word ****** still matters! Why does it matter? Because the conditions that made the word offensive in the first place still exists! Remember...Slavery never ended...It just grew up!
#TheNword is something I grew up hearing my grandmother use, but that never stopped me from knowing it was wrong and eventually calling her on her racism. We cannot sit back and allow our ancestors to dictate our future opinions. That's ugly and lazy and America wasn't built on lazy immoral people. We were all outsiders at some point. #love lets see THAT trend on Twitter!
Have we incorporated the use of the word in our community as a term of endearment as a defense mechanism? Do we call ourselves the N-word to increase the tolerance in our own community. I personally don't the term cracker and the N-word are equivalent. The N-word was used as a derogatory term to a people oppressed in our past. The word Cracker being referred to a person who cracked a whip over the backs of the oppressed. Cracker can be seen as a term of superiority based on past usage, but today is mistakenly used as a so-called racial slur. Preferentially, I see no use of either word in the vocabulary of any person. If we are trying to get to a level of change and racial equality, we have to force ourselves passed throwing stones at others to degrade them. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I see a lot of stones still on the ground.
What about the gay slur ******? That word is used as a derogatory term every day in public, and almost no one says anything about it. It's used in spite of gay people and is used as a term for weakness and insuperiority. People use the N-word now and the majority of the time it is used to mean no harm to anyone; sometimes it is even used in a good way. On the other hand the F-word is always meant as a put down at the least, and causes real life physical harm to people by self harm and suicide; today the N-word has 'cooled down' in a sense, and while people may take offense to the term it no longer has the effect it did in past years, that is the effect that the F-word has now.
Personally, I think the N-word is offensive in ANY context. It was stated that white people don't know how to use it properly. Please 'educate' me on how a white person can use the N-word "properly"...
The word has such negative connotations I don't ever want to hear it again....it is rightly taken as offensive by most people and broadens the gap and leads to violence. Even rappers need to stop using it, it is NOT cool.
Black entertainers are laughing all the way to the bank using the N word. Mr Lemon you and your panel want your cake and to eat it to. As a southerner who attended grad school in NY from 88 to 92 I have never lived in a more racist city in my life. Although I was amazed at how the smug hypocrites of NY's elite were as two faced as they come. even though they thought that all white southerners only had 2 sets of sheets One for their bed and the other for the Klan meetings