Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The infamous "N" word.

It's no surprise to me that Jesse Jackson used the "N" word when talking about Obama the other day. In case you haven't heard, in addition to wanting to cut Obama's n*ts off," Jesse had this to say about Obama:
"he’s talking down to black people…telling n—s how to behave."

It seems some Internet spy of some sort let that leak out. It also seems O'Reilly and Fox News had this tape (which was taped at the same time as the "cut the n*ts off" comment) and didn't deem to release it. I'm sure CNN or the other networks would have shown the same courtesy to a rightwinger, right?? Right.

Anyway, yes it is hypocritical. Yes, it is crude. It is also common. If you are around young people at all, you hear it all the time. My 15 yr old's best friends are black and I am constantly having to tell them to knock it off. They use the "N" word as an insult and as an endearment. It's ridiculous and it drives me insane. It doesn't seem to matter how much I lecture them on what that word meant when I was growing up or how their parents fought against it being used. It just doesn't matter. They don't see it that way.

Now, Jesse Jackson is no teenager, but he uses the slang that is common.

There is this double layer of hypocrisy here. If a leader or official or teacher uses this word, it's over for him or her. Yet we not only allow the "N" word in music, the artists make platinum records off of it. It's common in movies. No one says a word.

We reap what we sow. If we saturate society with crude language, then crude language is what we are going to get.

Besides, didn't Jesse Jackson lose any credibility he had left when he cheated on his wife, fathered an illegitimate child, all the while acting as a Reverend and"counseling" Bill Clinton on his infidelity?