Monday, August 23, 2010

IS THE “N” WORD OFF-LIMITS TO EVERYONE?

Let’s get real, we all know that the “N” word (“nigger to be precise”) is an offensive word to most black people and to many white people, especially if it is uttered by a white person, but is using that word “verboten” when expressed in public by everyone? The answer, according to the “race hustlers”, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and other self-appointed leaders of the black community, is a “qualified YES”. God forbid, though, any white person uses that term in public (with the exception of the late Robert Byrd, a white former KKK member and a liberal), they are immediately condemned to eternity as racist bigots, no ifs ands or buts, but not in the case of a black person.

But, you may ask, don’t we have “free speech” guaranteed by our constitution? Of course we do, but don’t try to invoke that “evil” document into the conversation or debate if you don’t want to be called a racist or a bigot.

Ironically, as bad as the word “nigger” is viewed in our society, not everyone is restrained from using it. In fact, in some cases it is looked upon somewhat favorably. It seems it is O.K. to use the word if you are a black comedian or a “Hip-Hop” or “Rap” artist (where they got the word “artist” to describe these performers, I don’t know). The wrath of the “P.C. Police” generally will not come down upon a Chris Rock, the late Richard Pryor and a host of “Rappers” who very flippantly use the word “nigger” to enhance their act, even among mixed audiences, and to pad their wallets as a result.

Just recently, Dr. Laura Schlesinger used the term “nigger” in some commentary with a caller on her radio program. The “racial arsonists” and the righteous liberal media jumped all over her. I hear that she has since quit her radio show as a result of this flap. I presume their wrath was directed at her mainly because she is a white “conservative” talk show host who used that word against “their” rules. Where’s the outrage when the aforementioned black people use that word? Some blacks like Bill Cosby have condemned the use of the word “nigger” used by other blacks, but generally they all seem to get a pass because they are black.

On the other hand, what about black people using the term "cracker", "honky", "whitey", “redneck” etc. in response to their describing “white people”? Is that O.K. because it is directed at the former “oppressors” of black people? Do you think there might be a double standard in play when people of different ethnic or racial backgrounds can use derogatory terms for people of the other ethnic or racial groups and get away with it? “You betcha”, as the “evil” Sarah Palin would say.

No amount of moralizing will prevent or stop others from using those offensive words. Only the “self-righteous” indignation of the phony politicians and the people who are the “victim purveyors”, like Jackson and Sharpton, will the condemnation be so severe that the person caught using it will be placed on society’s trash pile and will be heaped upon with scorn and derision, meanwhile giving cover to the politician and “race hustler” as being morally superior to the offender. I wonder how many times the word “nigger”, “cracker” etc. have been used in private gatherings by the various sanctimonious Congressional groups, both black and white? I firmly believe that all of us, at one time or another, has used one or more of those terms sometimes in our lives.

So yes, it is offensive to use those terms and people using them should be aware that many people will be offended by its use, but let’s not pass laws or ban people from using those terms, no matter who is offended by its use. Let us all support the 1st Amendment and, in addition, also bring into play some moral suasion to educate others to refrain from using those offensive terms recklessly, in order to put down others not like themselves.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann




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4 comments:

patricia said...

Chuck,
While I won't comment on Dr. Laura and her use of the N word (other than to say that Dr. Laura missed “listening day” at counseling school), I feel compelled to point out the genuine tragedy that this situation has brought to light. Both Dr. Laura and her newfound pal Sarah Palin have been shouting to the heavens that their right to free speech is being abridged. These are 2 relatively well educated women, both of whom have been elevated to some level of national spokesperson, yet neither of them understand the protection of free speech under the constitution?!? The exercise of free speech is protected from GOVERNMENT censorship. Just because an individual thinks you’re an ass, doesn’t want to advertise their product on your radio show, doesn’t want to purchase products manufactured or marketed by those that do or chooses to make fun of you, doesn’t mean he is “taking away your right to free speech.” It means they’re exercising their right to disagree with you and that, my friend, is just another example that free speech is alive and well.

Ned Johnson said...

Nobody objects to blacks saying, "I'm proud to be black". And nobody begrudges Asians, Latinos,, or any other so-called minority being proud of their heritage....but, try telling people you're proud to be white, male, Christian, or straight, and see what happens? Ethnic or racial pride is either good or bad. It is bad when carried to an extreme (New Black Panther Party, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, KKK, White Supremicists, etc.) and which promotes "Balkanization" between the varied racial or ethnic groups. The "double-standard" in the use of the "N" word is a perfect example.

Conservative Jacob said...

So patricia (if that is your real name) wants to drag Palin into the comments. I guess patricia agrees with the Regime that if Palin makes comments that are not Sharia compliant, she will be punished. Dozens of bogus lawsuits waged against Sarah Palin simply because she has a backbone and speaks out against the Regime. Somehow I think there are women wearing burkas, in trunks of cars, who wish they had a Palin or Bachmann & Laura Ingraham in their country

Montana said...

I am so happy that the ugly (inside and out) crazy old gym teacher reaped what she had sowed. She could have gotten her argument across by saying “N word” and not using the word and by not saying “don’t NAACP me” and “Don’t marry out of your race ” but like Michael Richards AKA “Cosmo Kramer”, she ends up the trash heap of history, a history of her own making. I am so happy that the free market AKA sponsors started to pull their ads (I guess they were exercising their free speech) and she finally realized that she was just another “run of the mill gabby” and her days were numbered. She realized that she was not as smart as she thought she was, finally! We are all adults here and we all know that we cannot control how others will respond to our comments, but it nothing to do about First Amendment rights (how exactly did the government stop her? They didn’t) and street talk and more about being held responsible for our actions and words. The first three times she used the word might not have been in anger but the last eight she was filled with hate, so good riddance.