We’ve touched on this before on WHYS. And it’s bobbed its head up again today: the so-called “n-word”.
A US congresswoman has apologised for using it — even though she was just repeating verbatim what someone else had said. In apologising, Carolyn Maloney says: “I repeated a word that should never be repeated”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Reverend Al Sharpton has bought into the debate, and said: “No public official even in quoting someone else should loosely use such an offensive term.”
Do you agree? Are some words simply off limits? Is there any hypocrisy surrounding the use of this word?
The issue has people in the US talking. Chris commented on one news site: It is a disgusting word and I sure would like for the African Americans in this country to quit using it. Go around any lower working (or non working) class of these people and you’ll get your ears burned with that word and many more! My Dad used to say to clean up your own house before talking about someone else’s house.”
And Ryan responded: Let’s get a grip people. It’s just a word.
On another site, Pam07 comments: there is NEVER, EVER an appropriate place to use the N-Word! It just perpetuates racial bias in our country hopefully will someday be overcome.
While NYHoney718 responded: “The woman was relaying a story so I don’t understand all the controversy. The N-word has gotten too much play, and getting out of hand.”
Just a word? Or a poisonous perpetuator of racial prejedice? Where are the goal posts for use of this word? (WHYS hasn’t even used the word in this blog – was that the right decision?) When it comes to the n-word, is it a case of “never ever”?