I have a question about the “N” word.

April 18th, 2007

James T. Harris at The National Conversation talks about why so many African-Americans think it’s OK for blacks to use the “N” word while requiring that anyone else who says it be severely punished.

My question is:

Why is it any more right to have black-only words than it was to have white-only drinking fountains?

Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t want the right to say the word myself. I think it’s the most despicable word in the English language. But different rules for different groups sure sounds like racism to me.

Entry Filed under: Golden Rule Breakers,Observations

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  April 18th, 2007 at 7:27 am

    To be honest… I think people make too much out of the difference. I think its a bad idea for anyone to say it no matter what their color, but I also am reminded of the phrase “Nobody picks on my brother but me.”

  • 2. Casper  |  April 18th, 2007 at 7:27 am

    It’s an unsupportable double standard. For years I’ve tried to understand the justification. Then, at some point, I just realized that it’s not okay to have “black” words that only blacks can use. Anyone trying to make that argument should be instantly discounted and we should stop dealing with those who do. Maybe then we can move on with this debate rather than muddying it up with illogical rhetoric such as this.

  • 3. H. Lewis Smith  |  April 18th, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Most of white America isn’t aware of an anti-n-word movement presently building throughout the black community which is being directed primarily at black users of the word and other demeaning terms. Insofar, as Imus is concerned, everything is about timing and his was all wrong…of course this goes without saying that he had no business saying what he said in the first place…but he did get caught up in something that’s brewing within the black community. To learn more please go to:


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