Big News…


There is a big news story going on at the moment, and the lines have been drawn the fights have started. No matter what side you’re on someone is going to think you are wrong. This is a hot issue that can cause many problems and it’s all based on one word.

 

The Reverend Jessie Jackson was caught off air saying the N-word. It was recorded and FOX new originally did not broadcast this information but someone at FOX new leaked it on to the internet, and now it’s a hot button topic.

 

First off, Reverend Jackson should not have said it, he has given speeches about it, stating that no one, not even people of color should say it; he asked all rappers and comedians of color not to use the word.

 

For that I give him credit, no word that is so rooted in evil should be used, we should not use words that hurt so many be used. Now we can not create laws to ban the word, but we can teach our children that the word is hurtful, and should not be used.

 

But the question is now; does the Reverend Jackson have a double standard that it’s okay for him to use the N-word, but no one else? Well that is, more or less, what this whole debate has turned in to.

 

The View got in to the argument the other day, Whoopie Goldberg’s argument is that Blacks can use the word, that they own it, took it back, and now, in their culture, the word is okay for them to use. Elizabeth Haselback on the other hand is of the opinion that no on should use the N-word, the word is wrong, it is hurtful and should not be used by anyone, white, black or purple. The discussion was heated and feelings ran deep.

 

Now I agree with Elizabeth, the word has not place in our current English, we need to not use it regardless of color. But it seems that the liberals of country disagree, they seem to think that its ok for the black community to use the word, but the white community can not. This really confuses me, it lends itself to the ides that America has a double standard, that one race of people are above the standards of others. That one race is held to one set of codes of ethics and another to a different code.

 

If this is how we define equality, then we really have not come all that far in our 200 years of history. If this is what we call being color blind then maybe we need to redefine what color is. America has no room for this double standard, we can not have two Americas, there can not be one Black America and one White America, we tried that and we overcame it.

 

We learned a lesson; racism is wrong, regardless of the color of the skin, white on black or black on white. Either way it is wrong, if it is okay for one race to use a word, then it is okay for the other race to use the same word, that is called equality, that, from what I understand is what the whole civil rights movement was all about. It’s about creating one America where the color of ones skin makes no difference. But if we allow one person, based on their skin color to use the N-word, then we need to, in the name of civil rights, allow all people to use the N-word. If we state that the N-word is off limits to one, then it needs to be off limits to all.

 

It’s simple, it’s equality for all!

 

I was watching FOX news last night and was beside-my-self I could not believe my ears when I heard Alan Colmes for Hannity & Colmes state that it’s okay for blacks to say the N-word, that whites have to right to it. That he was white and has no right to tell the black community what they can or can not say. (This is my take on what he said, and is not a direct quote). The basic premise is that as a liberal, he needs to be understanding of the black community, and to that I agree, but he was also stating that the standards should be double, that one persons rights should be different then another’s. That the black community should not be held to the same standards as the white community, this is hog wash!

 

We all should be held to the same standard regardless of our skin color. Is that not what Dr. Martin Luther King died for? Did he not call for  an equality in America where we where all color blind, where the color of ones skin does not matter, where all people, black, white or any other color are treated the same. An America that knows no prejudice where race is not a factor, did he not call for all that?

 

To me its simple, the Reverend Jackson should not have used the N-word, he publicly stated he was sorry, end of the story. All the news shows need to drop it and no American should ever utter the word, regardless of their skin color. Remember our children learn from example, let’s use this opportunity to teach them a lesson is ethics and in equality.

 

Paul

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About Paul Sposite

Paul Sposite - Life Coach I began my career as an instructor. As an instructor there are two basic requirements. You have to know yourself, so you know where you’re drawing your inspiration from. And you have to actively listen to the others, and then respond to the subtext of what they are saying. In learning about myself I started to focus a lot on my students, how they learned, what questions they were asking and how I could best modify my methods to best serve them. I believe that if you use your real life problems/issues as insights to the issues you need to heal, you’ll grow. From my experience in the classroom, creating curriculum and material to support my training, I developed an interest in how people process information. This interest turned into my interest in Life Coaching.
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6 Responses to Big News…

  1. indigoblu says:

    This really confuses me, it lends itself to the ides that America has a double standard, that one race of people are above the standards of others. That one race is held to one set of codes of ethics and another to a different code.

    To begin, let me first say that I disagree with the word myself. However, I do not think you realize that the word’s meaning, for some black people, is completely different from the meaning someone white may think.

    Most whites look at it as a disrespectful term because of the historical aspect of it, and for that reason I and other blacks think so too. The historical aspect is to degrade and belittle black people. To black people who use the word, it means, almost as if to say, “You’re one of us” but without the negative connotations that are tied to it historically.

    When Whoopie made the comment about “owning” the word, this is how black people feel who use the word. They feel because they have been degraded with the word down through the years, they would take it for themselves, in turn, and use it to their own advantage, as oppose to their disadvantage. I believe this came from the hurt and the pain of it all.

    What reason would a white person have to say it and what would their meaning be? Most certainly, it would not be for the same reason—and that is what makes it offensive coming from them.

    To make this simpler…think of it as reverse physiology because it is very similar. I just wanted to say that for clarification as to the differences in how some blacks view the word and how whites view it.

    As more my personal take on this: When my great grandmother and granddaddy were addressed as, subjected to, whipped and killed in the names of “coon” “colored” “nigger” day in and day out— there’s absolutely nothing to take from that word, and just because one takes off the “er” off and gives it an “a” at then end, makes no difference. It’s like calling a stone a rock—it’s more or less the same thing; this coming from an insider.

    I am compelled to say, however, that most people were shocked at hearing Whoopi’s comment concerning black and whites living in different worlds. I’m sorry to break this to you, but she is right.
    We have yet to reach equality for all; discrimination is still at large.

    The double standard that you talk about is more in the “democracy” of America than anywhere else. There are double standards in education, there are double standards in housing opportunities for blacks, double standards exist in the media, there are double standards even with buying cars in America—- compare that to the black and white world. Want proof?

    http://www.cdc.gov/omhd/Highlights/2007/HFeb07.htm

    http://faculty.winthrop.edu/stonebrakerr/book/automobiles.htm

  2. indigoblu says:

    To begin, let me first say that I disagree with the word myself. However, I do not think you realize that the word’s meaning, for some black people, is completely different from the meaning someone white may think.

    Most whites look at it as a disrespectful term because of the historical aspect of it, and for that reason I and other blacks think so too. The historical aspect is to degrade and belittle black people. To black people who use the word, it means, almost as if to say, “You’re one of us” but without the negative connotations that are tied to it historically.

    When Whoopie made the comment about “owning” the word, this is how black people feel who use the word. They feel because they have been degraded with the word down through the years, they would take it for themselves, in turn, and use it to their own advantage, as oppose to their disadvantage. I believe this came from the hurt and the pain of it all.

    What reason would a white person have to say it and what would their meaning be? Most certainly, it would not be for the same reason—and that is what makes it offensive coming from them. To make this simpler…think of it as reverse physiology because it is very similar. I just wanted to say that for clarification as to the differences in how some blacks view the word and how whites view it.

    As more my personal take on this: When my great grandmother and granddaddy were addressed as, subjected to, whipped and killed in the names of “coon” “colored” “nigger” day in and day out— there’s absolutely nothing to take from that word, and just because one takes off the “er” off and gives it an “a” at then end, makes no difference. It’s like calling a stone a rock—it’s more or less the same thing; this coming from an insider.

    I am compelled to say, however, that most people were shocked at hearing Whoopi’s comments concerning black and whites living in different worlds. I’m sorry to break this to you, but she is right.
    We have yet to reach equality for all; discrimination is still at large.
    The double standard that you talk about is more in the “democracy” of America than anywhere else. There are double standards in education, there are double standards in housing opportunities for blacks, double standards exist in the media, there are double standards even with buying cars in America—- compare that to the black and white world. I would send links, but I think your Spam filter may catch it.

  3. indigoblu says:

    Lol..I’m sorry; I meant reverse psychology (auto-correct on Word)

  4. timglass says:

    Paul,
    I must say that I agree with you! Just bury the word already. The way I see it, whenever it’s used, it will only bring back bitter images of our shameful past.

    However, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that the good “reverend” would use this word. He’s proven himself to be a hypocrite before with his affair and child out of wed-lock. What respect most had had for him, was flung out the window with that scandalous cover-up.

    Have a blessed Eucharistic Celebration this week-end!

  5. bigscottiem says:

    Are you kidding me! Areyou kidding me? This crap about taking this word back, we own it and can use it where ever and how ever we want to, but don’t you use it. It’s a load of crap. Hey I’m sorry, but this is another way most blacks in this country keep this black/white hatred going. It’s a horrible word for anyone to use regardless of race. It had always had a negative, beat down, hurtfull meaning (and probably always will). For someone, anyone to say we can own this negative word and make it a possitave on in our culture is on something. It’s either wrong for everyone or its not. It’s not possible to ever bring any groups together in any kind of harmony if every group has their own rules. We as a country need to come toghther and not look for something to tear us apart, but bring us together. Our children learn by our example, if we say it they will say it. If you degrade blacks your children will degrade blacks, if you degrade whites your children will degrade whites. Raceism is not something that is born in someone, it’s taught. My kids were always taught to see people not skin color. As a society we’re constantly judging each other and my kids grew up knowing that people need to be judged on what they do, how they treat their family, friends, and others. It absolutly makes no difference what theit skin color is, only who they are and what they do. Good or bad has no color. Its right or wrong and anyone using the word is wrong! Whoopie You don’t own the word, but it can own you!

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