The above snippet came from Access HollywoodOn Thursday, a “View” debate between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg over the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s use of the “N-word” in off air comments on Fox, attracted a lot of headlines.
Now, I was discussing this with my husband, and I feel like first of all, Elisabeth Hasselbeck while probably meant well, I don't think she should have gotten all bent out of shape because I don't think she has the understanding of what the word means, and how it gets used. My issue with this whole thing, is the fact that there seems to be a one way street. It's ok for those in that community to use and refer to themselves as that, but when a white person does it, all hell breaks loose.
Now my thoughts are, if the word is going to be accepted as a "term of endearment" as some articles have suggested people as quoting, then it should be a term that is acceptable to be used by anyone, no matter their race, be them white, Mexican, Asian, whatever. Each race has their own "terms of endearment." for each other, and yet, all sorts of, as my husband called it, "Positive" racism is allowed. If the use of the N word is racist by those not in the African-American community, then WHY should it be allowed to be used at all?
What are your thoughts on this issue?