Sticks, Stones & the “N-Word”
November 8, 2007
Another celebrity landed in the dog house and...I’m not talking about Michael Vick.
Duane "Dog" Chapman feared that his son’s girlfriend of color might rat-out his liberal use of the N-word to the National Enquirer and left his son a private voice message to that effect. So, naturally, his son sold the recording to the National Enquirer. Talk about coming full circle....
Needless to say that the same liberals who viewed Vick’s vivisectional fetish as culturally “understandable” came unglued over Chapman’s soliloquy like “some nappy-headed hos” caught in the rain.
Just imagine Whoopi Goldberg defending a racial slur with her cruelty to animals defense...” He's from the South, from the Deep South ... This is part of his cultural upbringing.” Was she defending Vick or the KKK?
Mary C. Curtis, executive features editor and features columnist at The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer immediately assured the world that while, “I trust most whites never use the word; I know most black people don't.” Has she been in a public school lately?
Chris Rock responded by telling us that “I hate niggers”.
Jesse Jackson immediately demanded to know if this incident of racial hatred happened in “Hymietown”.
Al Sharpton wasn’t certain where it happened but he confirmed that Dog was a “White Interloper”.
Feeling a sense of brotherhood with Dog, Paris Hilton chimed in, “We’re like two niggers”.
Dr. James Peterson from Bucknell University took the bait and insisted that, “I think you have to call a spade a spade here. I mean, if you're using that kind of language, then you probably are racist.”
Isn’t “spade” the “S-Word” Dr. Peterson?
Anybody with a brain should view this latest firestorm as just a bit too close to Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. The need for “reeducation” over the use of a single word is consistent with Mao’s “16 Points”. Maoists knew that the secret of ruling by the “Two Whatevers” was the abolishment of “the Four Olds”...Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.
So, let’s add First Amendment rights to Second Amendment rights and flush them into the bin of anachronisms.
The new rule of law will be “Whatever” airheads, gangsters and leaders who profit from stoking racial fires deem it to be at any whimsical moment.
By focusing exclusively on the “Whatevers”, maybe constituencies won’t notice that real problems aren’t getting addressed.
When Alphonso Braggs, Hawai'i NAACP president, said that “It's not just the n-word, it's all the other unacceptable behaviors, too,” he might have mentioned that “unacceptable behavior” is a two-way street.
Al Sharpton replied to Dog Chapman’s plea for redemption by noting that “Even more concerning to me though is that the Justice Department and the federal government have failed to intervene in cases all over the country of racial bigotry and hate...”
Was Sharpton referring to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)?
The NCVS survey found that almost 90% of race crime victims are white.
In 2005, the racial composition of victims and offenders for murder revealed a startling disparity...8.8% of homicides were black offenders murdering white victims whereas 3.2% were black victims being murdered by white offenders. Blacks murder whites at rate of 300% more than white murder blacks.
Paul Sheehan of The Sydney Morning Herald reported that, “Blacks ...committed 7.5 times more violent inter-racial crimes than whites even though the black population is only one-seventh the size of the white population. When these figures are adjusted on a per capita basis, they reveal an extraordinary disparity: blacks are committing more than 50 times the number of violent racial crimes of whites.”
So, if you want to govern by the “Whatevers” and play a game of Gotcha...who owes who an apology?
Making the word “nigger” disappear will not solve the black community’s problems, but solving those problems might just make the word “nigger” disappear.
The term “nigger”, just like the term “white trash”, is a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself.
And, just like the term “white trash”, the term “nigger” is selectively applied to a very small segment of a very large population.
Other than for a few: liberals, pieces of white trash and nig...you get the gist...nobody refers to Condoleezza Rice as a “nigger”. She is Madame Secretary of State. And that is a distinction she has earned.
If you wish to blame your troubles on a few words...then you are the problem.
And speaking of earning respect...anybody remember when, in 1999, Washington, DC's black Mayor, Anthony Williams, pushed for and accepted the resignation of his head of the Office of Public Advocate, David Howard, because Mr. Howard used the word “niggardly” in a private staff meeting to describe his management of public fund money?
Mayor Williams pathetically explained his acceptance of Howard's resignation by explaining that ''I don't think the use of (the n-word) showed the kind of judgment that I like to see in our top management.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “niggardly” as “grudgingly mean about spending”. There is no racial meaning or implication to the word whatsoever.
Mayor Williams was just a dope grandstanding on a cheap soapbox. And, as Mayor Williams publicly displayed his partial literacy, the streets of DC remained a murder zone...but at least the citizens of DC could blame their mess on the use of the word “niggardly” by a white man.
Respect is earned and it can’t be taken from you by name-calling, neither can respect be given to you through censorship.
And that is the point.