What if someone called Barack Obama the N-word?
There was a lot of news today around conservative pundit Ann Coulter calling 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards a f–got.
This got me thinking:
What if someone called Barack Obama a n–ger?
Would more people be upset over the “N-word” more than the “F-word?”
Why would the reactions be different?
Sadly, I think the reaction would be larger over the n–ger (think Kramer reaction times 1000).
I say sadly because it always amazes me how much selective bigotry exists among people. Why is it alright to disrespect one group, but not alright to disrespect another? Why is it alright for me say something and alright for me to get mad about you saying it? Why do people who battle against discrimination discriminate?
For example, why were so many Black people actually happy to see Middle Eastern people discriminated against and racially profiled after 9/11? If anything, we should have been the most compassionate to them.
I’m not preaching; I used to have the same problem, and I’m dealing with that. We all need to deal with this within ourselves.