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.
"@Bossip : Why do you think people of Hispanic and Latin descent get a "pass" to use #TheNWord?" No ONE should
by michael hayes7/2/2013 12:15:22 AM
Don let me say this regarding the n word. The fundamental difference here is the white race was not enslaved by anyone on this soil in history. the n word is wrong and terrible because the african american race was dominated and virtually destroyed by white america. YOU and your guest are not getting the point. Allow the white race to be enslaved and dominated like the african american population for a few hundred years and see how quickly they bounce back and find their way in a black dominated socitey. How quickly will white people rise to prominence after hundreds of years of slavery and lynching and breaking up of their families. the term cracker in my book is refeing to the whitenss of the snack not someone who was whipping slaves. I have been given every opportunity to succeed in america only because of white dominance of all systems. Think of the Dixmoor 5, would those kids if white have to go through the torture of defending themselves if they were white. You can say the n word is problem I agree, but if I was black and pulled the stupid things I did the opportunites would have ceased many years ago. How in the heck can African americans get a head if they are fighting an alll white political machine to this day. Please call me right now at, and add a white kid who was taught to use the word at a very young age. Especially being poor and white growing up. who are u going to insult and feel dominance over. the african american man because of years of the white dominace. My company just had a recent hiring class of 20 men. all white, all going to make 37 dollars an hour. You mean to tell me there was not 1 african american canidate that passed the musert. give me a break. racism is as ridculous as ever. Funny how a large percentage of the labor contractors are black and the higher paying jobs are all white people. This goes a lot deeper than just the n word
Enjoyed @CNN #TheNWord Love hearing different points of view
by Abraham7/2/2013 12:20:46 AM
The N word is wrong. Its embarrassing how we condone this. Everybody uses it b/c they think they can when this was a term used by slaves. Its not a friend or a homie its derogratory. And the longer people continue to use it as a greeting or reference to friend the longer our society is moving past the point
I don't think there has ever been a song truly made better having the word in it. Entertainers need to understand that most young fans are passionate about their idols. Many of them will try to emulate them by dressing like them and doing all the things they can to copy there behavior. For music artists that would be with language. It's too confusing and not to mention fool hearty attempt to disarm the word. It's too difficult to readily and easily understand every persons intent when they use the word and WAY too easy for a set of sensitive ears to interpret it the wrong way.
I feel that ppl who have no problem with its use are sheltered/ less educated. If youve ever been privy to see how the ppl who run this country perceive you (Not just blacks but all minorities and all poor ppl for that matter) you'd choose twice before speaking. For God's sake they do things to basically call you ****** right to your face (AKA get rid of one of the most important peices of legislation to come out of the civil rights movement). As a people do we notice?? No, we're too busy talking about paula pattons hair on the BET awards. If we had our grandparents gumption youd be dam sure that we wouldve been in washington right now. #OurFault
now that man said that.... another discretion ... sure lets have a whole show on ***** vs ****** instead of some blacks not even knowing how to use the English language, unemployed blacks, uneducated blacks, in jail blacks... how bout even the educated blacks, the college graduate blacks, the millionaire blacks.... grow up black people and get passionate about the right thing.... (that being said Paula still don't get no pass) #cnn #theNword
It isn't the "N" Word that causes the "Disparity;" It's the actions of people of the black race that cause this. I feel bad for the black people that have manners and pride, due to most of the other ones, the way they act.
Language and the meaning of words tend to change more as time passes on and I think that the N word in certain context has changed too. It is something most African Americans I feel have embraced and maybe even become proud of. I have noticed that the meaning has changed from an insult to in some cases a very close friend of another. It has been turned into something negative to something positive. Just like Jay-Z mentioned the power of the word has been taken away. It should not be a source of shame to African Americans and in hip-hop, it isn't.
The N word rises out of oppression, like f***** and c***. They express derision, contempt and dehumanization of a person who happens to be black, homosexual and/or female. The victims of these epithets and slurs understandably have attempted to neutralize the radioactivity of these words by reclaiming them as language that only members of respective subcultures are allowed to use but that does not redeem them nor undo the harmful intent of their origins.
Dwelling on the past? We learn from history not to make the same mistakes. This word has an abundance amount of history. If people still use this word and do not understand the concept of where the word derived from, then people are ignorant. This word is terrible. No one should use it. Remember, we are all connected. We are one race, and that is the HUMAN race.
why do blacks get upset when other groups of people use that word, while blacks are the main advocates of the word. Why is their such a contradiction. Either you are or you're not. You can't have it both ways. Grow up or shut up.
I am white as I grew up in California I was called every name in the book by Hispanics but never by any Black Americans in the neighborhood. This was in the late 60's and early 70's. I was taught to judge people by individual actions actions. I tried to teach my kids the same. I also taught my kids people can change to be better. It is funny now that a word said 20 or 30 years ago can bring a persons life down so fast, probably a few thousand jobs lost because of a news reports.