by John Hawkins | April 11, 2012 3:53 am
Woe be unto any white reporter foolish enough to pay attention to this.
Oh the delicious irony.
On ABC’s The View Tuesday, as co-host Whoopi Goldberg supported Saturday’s call by CNN’s Don Lemon for reporters to say the N-word when quoting folks that have, the censors actually bleeped her when she said the word herself…
…Goldberg introduced the segment by mentioning how various CNNers have said the N-word during recent newscasts, after which she mentioned Lemon’s call for this to universally be the case.
After some give and take mostly with co-host Barbara Walters who expressed discomfort with the idea, Goldberg said, “What reporters do is they report the news. And every time you make it ‘the N-word,’ it’s cute.”
She continued, “But I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it. It’s part of our history. Every time people try to sort of make it sound better or more acceptable, let’s call it what it is.”
Walters then asked Goldberg if she uses the actual word.
Ironically, part of Goldberg’s response was bleeped, but from what I can tell by trying to read her lips in the video, I believe she said, “Yes I call it what it is. I say n–ger, they bleep me.”
Walters seemed surprised and asked, “When you say it on this show you are bleeped?”
…However, it still seems rather odd this discussion is happening as racial tensions are running high after the Trayvon Martin shooting and some seem to be ginning up a race war to assist the reelection of Barack Obama.
Beyond this, I sincerely wonder how the black community would respond if white journalists suddenly started using this word even in the context of a news report.
Let some white reporter quote someone using the N-Word and there will be a tsunami of calls for him to be fired whether Don Lemon and Whoopi Goldberg say it’s okay or not.
The truth is, it’s extremely easy for Don Lemon or Whoopi Goldberg to say it’s all right for people to use the N-word because, like all black Americans, they benefit from an enormous double standard on race. If you’re black, you can say anything you want about race with no significant penalties. If you’re white, you have to walk on eggshells and no matter how careful you are, you’ll still be accused of being a racist no matter what you say if you’re conservative. That’s the world as it is, as opposed to the imaginary one, where people can talk openly about race.
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