I Just watched a discussion about a Black woman who sued her black boss because he used the word in admonishing her about her attire.
The Chronicle further wrote, “But 38-year-old Brandi Johnson told jurors that being black didn’t make it any less hurtful when Carmona repeatedly targeted her with the slur during a March 2012 tirade about inappropriate workplace attire and unprofessional behavior. Johnson, who taped the remarks after her complaints about his verbal abuse were disregarded, said she fled to the restroom and cried for 45 minutes.”
Why can’t just give up using the damn word? What is charismatic about the word that we cannot give it up?
I am not going to iterate the history of the word but only to say it was a word that white people used, as they enslaved our ancestors, as they beat them, degraded them, as they disenfranchised them, and til this very day, use it to vent their bias, hatred and ignorance.
“I was offended. I was hurt. I felt degraded. I felt disrespected. I was embarrassed,” Johnson testified.
I was further shocked to hear Dr. Marc Hill, of Columbia University indicate that he would have to consider the use context to understand that it damaged the morale of Ms. Johnson. He, in my view, essentially said he was okay with the word,; black folks can use the word but others can’t! Sunny Hostins, a fellow commentator , disagreed with Professor Hill, as I do. Evidently all the education in the world sometimes will not help some people realize that reminding us who care about historical derogatory, mental state our forefathers mothers had to endure, aside from the physical beating, rapes and lynchings.
Now there are those who think they can change it from a awful word to a good or “okay” word. In my opinion, you can’t do that. Eddie Murphy got the message, Richard Prior got the message, Even Redd Foxx got the message years ago. With a better understanding of what that word does to those who choose to remember, we are trying to stomp out that word. You can change the spelling, say it’s not he same, that you are talking about “anybody” but, you know what, it is and I do too!
Let’s just stop using it, Educated folks, jerks and criminals too; stop using it. Find another word, to reference your “homeboy” your buddy, friend, associate, your acquaintance! If same sex proponents can usurp the word “gay”, surely you can use your ingenuity to find another word. We have stopped using words like “fraught’ or “shant” or “gambol”, so why not the n-word?
Please, let’s bury the word, please??!!!
Enough said……..for the time being….