Posted by: Ophelia | July 17, 2008

Black people say nigger, white women get upset

The View had the stereotypical conversation about the word nigger spurred on by the Jesse Jackson incident. Elizabeth Hasselbeck simply cannot grasp why someone would use the word and moreover why black people are allowed to use it at all. She cries, of course.

As we all know, the word nigger hurts white women trying to raise their children the most.

It’s a conversation I’m sure most of us have had and its the same barriers. Barbara Walters mentioned several times during the segment that “well what if I said it” “well if I said this I’d be off the air” and both Sherri and Whoopi basically told her that she was right and that no one wants to hear that coming from her.

I’m just so sick and so tired of this disengenous exchange. Both Barbara and Elizabeth women claimed that they just wanted us all to be the same and to be equals but they were completely unwilling to listen to the women at the table who would know best the state of race relations. Further they were unwilling to accept that some things are just not for them to dictate. The fact that they think that blacks should modify their language so that its more equitable with the poor whites who are unable to say nigger whenever they please in polite company displays their privilege proudly and frankly this is a barrier that is very difficult to overcome without an honest conversation that involves both speaking and listening.

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Responses

  1. If this show or Bawbwa WaWa or ABC wishes to sell this show as Civilized Enlightened women sitting around discussing the topic du jour, then Hell Yes, one of the black ladies should have had the BALLS to stand up and say “Yea, you know what, I don’t condone the willy nilly use of the N Bomb and we should strive to instill more self-respect in ourselves and our children.” There is anger behind it when Black people use it and in public, in mixed company it is extremely offensive. It only perpetuates negativity and lack of civility on the part of those who use it.

  2. BLACK PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO SAY IT BECUZ WE ARE OF COLOR AND AOR ANCESTORS WERE CALLED THAT BY THE WHITE MAN. THE WHITE MAN OR MASTER CALLED US NIGGERS LIIKE WE WERE ANIMALS SO THATS WHY BLACKS GET SO OFFENDED WHEN A WHITE PERSON SAYS THAT. NATIVE FLOWER YOU ARE NOT BLACK SO WILL NEVER KNOW THE PAIN BLACKS WENT THROUGH. IT IS YOUR ANCESTORS THAT USED TO AUCTION US OFF AND BEAT US. SO SHUT UP

  3. ALEXANDRA…learn how to spell, take a history class, eat a twinkie, and shut up.


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