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.