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A joyous Martin Luther King day, to everyone.  Is this any way to honor Martin Luther King?

The host this morning is not someone I recognize.  He's new to me.  He appeared stoic throughout this uncomfortable exchange of accusations.

The first caller to use the 'n*****' word was a woman who portrayed herself as being an older African American.  She claimed that both Beck and "Limbarg" used the 'n*****' word and no one stopped them.  The C-SPAN host asked her if she heard them use that word.  She said, "oh yes!"  The host then ended the call and moved to the next call.  

A couple of calls later: another caller who rambled on about race ended up calling the earlier AA female caller a "lying 'n*****'.  The C-SPAN host quickly ended the call.

No further attention was paid to these nasty comments.

While I don't have a verbatim transcript of what was said, I usually jot down notes of the Morning Journal and other shows.

I had barely jotted down the note about the AA (African American) who used the 'n*****' word this morning on C-SPAN barely 10 minutes into the show when the second caller had used the 'n*****' word.

I've heard the 'n*****' word most often said from one black person to another black person.  I have heard a white person use the 'n*****' word and quickly be shot down with just a look.  Blacks seems to be more tolerant of throwing the 'n*****' around.  It's alot like talking about family: I can complain about my family, but YOU had better show respect when you makes comments about my mother.  I've never known an educated black person to use the 'n*****' word in my presence.

Here's Nas on youtube using the 'n*****' word when criticizing Jesse Jackson's infamous comments about what he'd like to do to then-candidate Obama's reproductive organs.

I doubt that MLK ever used the 'n*****' word.

President Obama's election exposes both our nation's strenghts and weaknesses in regards to race.  Today, on MLK day, I will be celebrating with my friends, a few of which actually had met MLK.  It is an honor for me to be their friend.

On a brighter note, Edward Jackson, the senior architect for the Martin Luther King Memorial, to be located at the tidal basin across from the Lincoln Memorial, called in to C-SPAN to talk about the timeline for its instillation.

The statue is expected to arrive in D.C. by fall of this year, 2010 and to be installed in 2011.  You can follow the progress of the project via this website.

Originally posted to Aidos on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 05:09 AM PST.


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    •  N-word as an expression of empowerment (7+ / 0-)

      Using the N-Word if you are African-American can be read as an expression of empowerment. The African American community has reclaimed that word --made ugly by white racists -- for itself. The same thing can be said for the gay community reclaiming the word "Queer" or women reclaiming the word "Bitch" -- see the feminist magazine by the same name. You can say the word if you are part of the group, which is what bothers people in privileged groups so much.

      "They say it, why can't I?"

      Those boundaries **bother** privileged groups because those privileged groups are the ones used to drawing the boundaries, not the other way around.

      Either you are a feminist or a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked `other'." -Ani DiFranco

      by ErinW43 on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 05:58:19 AM PST

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      •  I think with respect to the n-word it's more (2+ / 0-)
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        Aidos, wolfie1818

        complicated than that. If you notice closely how people use it it's most commonly used in a negative fashion, either to denigrate someone, disrespect them, etc.

        Yes, it's also a term of endearment amongst close friends, but even then it tends to be embedded within a general dialogue that leads to nowhere good.

        Most of the politically conscious black people that I know use it not at all, or quite sparingly. I'm not offended one way or the other, but I just can't use the terms myself.

      •  There are people who are proud... (0+ / 0-)

        of being racist holes.

        I'm certain that Limbaugh, for one, lives in a fantasy world where running his mouth makes him just as tough as a Special Forces Master Sergeant.

        Same difference.

        BTW: losing the word "nigger" lessened the language.

        Overt, wacked racism is something you want to know about people. Let them say "nigger" without any little PC response and you'll get your information front-and-center.

        With the racists being careful with their speech, it takes a lot longer to read the crazies.

        If society just let the Mitch McConnells and rural white House Members go wild, don't you think matters would sort out right off ???

        Angry White Males + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians


        The GOPer Base

        by vets74 on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 06:50:21 AM PST

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        •  vets, it matters. What we say, how we say it... (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think it should be used at all.  

          It's hard to know what's in the mind of AA's who use the 'n' word amongst themselves.  It's insensitive and it might lead to some sore feelings even between friends.

          But there is no doubt in my mind, that when a person who is NOT a person of color, uses the 'n' word, they are being racist.

      •  some rap artists popularized an..... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....alternative spelling, "nigga", to reclaim the word for empowerment.  I don't know whether that came before or after it was being used that way in the community at large, but I saw it in the Bay Area music scene in the late 80s / early 90s.  

  •  I have to leave for an MLK breakfast. (2+ / 0-)
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    I will answer posts later today.  This was a timely issue so I wrote and posted this diary now, instead of later in the day. :)

  •  Oh well... Keep it classy, CSPAN (5+ / 0-)
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    Nina, BachFan, mcronan, marykk, Aidos

    I found myself in an awkward situation when I worked for BNP - my records-handling team was ethnically diverse, but our counterparts down the hall, managing the hardware part of the job, were nearly all black.

    I'm a white-bread white guy, or maybe whole wheat... I was raised to believe that word is a particularly nasty and terrible one, so when our teams sat together to eat lunch, I flinched a lot, hearing the hardware team playfully insulting each other and tossing a variety of words back and forth...

    Take a moment each day to appreciate how amazing the mere fact of your existence is.

    by Shaviv on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 05:18:47 AM PST

  •  Actually, Dr.King did use it (1+ / 0-)
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    (at least) a few times.  Unfortunately, he was wire tapped and we know he did.

    I'm sure he wouldn't have supported its use - but he was a human being and he wasn't perfect.

    Why is Obama letting his prefect be the enemy of the good?

    by JesseCW on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 05:20:57 AM PST

  •  I try not to be obsessesed (3+ / 0-)
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    Fabian, happy camper, Aidos

    over a collection of sounds grouped together to form the utterance of a single word.

  •  I'm mixed , and try to use the "N word" only (1+ / 0-)
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    when quoting an offensive comment in which the word was used in all venom and sincerity.Mix of red & white.

  •  Caller used the "C" (1+ / 0-)
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    word yesterday with the lady Dem Strategist.

    Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. John Donne

    by scurrvydog on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 07:11:45 AM PST

    •  scurrv, I thought they had a 'delay' of a few (0+ / 0-)

      seconds so they could screen-out inappropriate calls.

      If they don't, they should be able to have at least a 5 second delay and alert screeners who can gracefully and seamlessly seque past these kinds of incidents.

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