Thursday, July 31, 2008

Let us speak of nigger

Every so often nigger makes an appearance on the national stage. Sometimes the word is thrust upon us by some hip hop star, like when rapper Nas and his lovely wife Kelis donned these stylish "Nigger" shirts at this year's Grammy Awards, roughly five months before he joined a protest against FOX News because, let's see, how did he put it, "FOX poisons the country with racist propaganda and tries to call it news." But rappers say nigger more often than Rosie O’Donnell is mistaken for a man, so few notice or care.

Other times we are treated to nigger when a white Democratic politician forgets himself and speaks his mind. In 2001 Senator Robert Byrd, former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, told us he has known many “white niggers.” Poor old Byrd. Occasionally racist white folks will get a little defensive and whip out “white nigger” by way of rationalizing their habit of referring to blacks as niggers.

Much more fun, however, is when the two-faced bullshitting hypocrite, Jesse Jackson, confirms his character to the world. A few years ago in the aftermath of Seinfeld’s Michael Richards going off on a nigger spewing tirade, America’s favorite race hustling buffoon demanded that nigger be universally stricken from use. Naturally, this resulted in America becoming united in racial harmony. In fact, not a nigger was spoken until the Reverend himself was caught off-camera saying that “Barack’s…telling niggers how to behave.” Oops. Oh well, no harm done, Jesse will be just fine. Remember, he’s black and liberal.

While Rev. Jackson was explaining to his mistress and their illegitimate child how the white devils made him do it, the ladies of The View were engaged in a deeply intellectual debate on the question of nigger. Well, not a debate so much as a lecture from the two black panel members, Whoopi Goldberg and the imbecilic Sherri Shepherd, on why it’s ok for blacks to use the word nigger and why it is certainly not ok for whites to do so. What's up wit dat? Anyway, blah, blah, blah and one of the white chicks cried.

When asked by Barbara Walters how she would feel about a white person throwing out the word nigger, the imbecilic Sherri Shepherd said she “don’t want to hear it coming out of your mouth." Of course Ms. Wawa knew the answer to the question before she asked it. White folks are acutely aware of this tedious double standard but generally don't have much of a problem with it because they have no intention of making nigger a big part of their vocabulary anyway. Even so, this European-American doesn’t like being told which words are allowed to come out of his mouth.

The imbecilic Sherri Shepherd should know that I reserve the right to allow any word to come out of my mouth. If I feel a word is appropriate for the situation I will use it. Besides, if I make nigger off-limits how am I supposed to discuss hip hop fashion or Jesse Jackson's latest musings?

Now, it just so happens I don't have much use for nigger. It's a hateful epithet that while specifically used to disparage black people will likely cause offense to anyone who hears it, regardless of race. Maybe I'm just a swell guy, but I think it is a good thing to respect others of all colors and to avoid causing unnecessary offense. That's why I take a shower when my wife tells me I have a stench. That's why I rarely ask the guy sitting next to me in a restaurant if he's going to eat all that. That's why I don't talk too loud or use salty language when in public. And that's why I don't say nigger.

3 comments:

The Vicar of Vanity said...

Pure genius! Great point and made me laugh to boot. You go girl!

The Archduke of Arrogance said...

Well, now it's official. You will never ever hold a public office. And when President Obama makes us pay reparations you're going to have to pay extra.

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