Saying The “N” Word
Recently ultra-conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience that he can finally say the “N” word because Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantell explained it in her interview on CNN and said it’s ok to use it with an “a” at the end (nigga) instead of “er”. As an African American man I think this whole debate about who can and can not say the “n” word is so tired and played out. Racist are obsessed with who uses it and are constantly asking why can’t they use it. Rush is a racist idiot and we already knew that so him being so excited to use it isn’t very surprising to me. Here’s the thing… this whole “n” word controversy is not complicated at all. Everyone has the right to free speech in this country. No one has to ask anyone for permission to say any word. But people have a right to be offended by it as well, and if you’re going to use it you should be prepared for a wide range of possible reactions. If you are white and decide to use the word it may make some people see you as a racist. I get so sick and tired of hearing people like Rush whine on and on about “black people say it, why can’t we say it”? As if freedom of speech doesn’t apply to that word. So go ahead Rush, use it in any way you want as often as you want… but don’t complain about people reacting negatively to it. And if you’re in the public eye don’t be surprised when businesses do not want to be associated with someone who appears to be racist.