Today, I am wondering how long it will take White America at large to accept the fact that when a black man uses the n-word particularly in the context the POTUS used it, it is not racist.
After posting ‘A Nation of Trayvons’, I had several lengthy discussions with one of my best friends about racism, how far we have really come, whether the election of a black President signifies hope for race relations and the use of the n-word in present day American society. Her viewpoint was and is if a word is hateful and bad then no one should use it, period end of story. If only, life was that simple. Life is, however, messy and a bit more complicated. So is the society we live in.
Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, the daughter of fairly politically liberal parents, my sisters and I were taught that the n-word was a hateful and mean word we did not use. If any one of us had dared to utter that word, our bottoms would likely still be sore today from the spanking we would…
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