Kevin Hart to Don Lemon: Stop Trying to Make “Redskins” The New N-Word
It’s great to see someone (especially a person of color) take a public stand against the left’s ridiculous–and disingenuous–crusade to make any term they personally find offensive into the: new n-word. Kevin Hart emphatically told CNN’s Don Lemon that “redskins” will never carry the weight of the n-word and to stop equating the two.
Hart tried at first to be polite, saying, “Don, I’m on your side,” as he agreed with the concept–if people find something offensive, it should be considered. However, Hart said the “n-word” comparison was “not at all” fair.
Lemon said he wasn’t comparing the meaning of the words–only their similarity in “origin.” Host Tom Joyner joined in, stating, “you did compare the two.” Hart and Joyner did not let up on the CNN host, arguing the word “Redskins” has been a beloved team name “celebrated” in American culture for 70 years and was never used as a racial slur by the general public. The two insisted that comparing it to the “n-word” was unacceptable.
Well said. As a white person, I usually don’t feel comfortable chiming in on controversies like this. But the left is always looking for an opportunity to exploit the unique status of African-Americans–the only group that was kidnapped, brought here in chains and then systematically oppressed for centuries–by suggesting other slights and injustices, real or imagined, are “just as bad.” They’ve tried to turn “illegal” (as in illegal immigrant) into the “i-word.” They regularly compare anti-gay slights to Jim Crow, as if a baker declining to design your wedding cake is the same thing as being lynched for looking at a white woman, or having the police turn a vicious German shepherd on you for trying to vote. Now it’s “Redskins” that’s supposed to be the n-word, even though, as Hart said, it’s been embraced and celebrated as a team name, not used as a slur. As the saying goes: one of these things is not like the other.