“All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
Maybe this is something that I’ll never understand and that constantly gets under my skin. In my opinion, the -N- word is the -N- word, no matter who uses it and for whatever reason. Yet in the free opinion granted to us all, certain folks, such as comedian and TV personality Sherri Shepherd of The View (ABC) sees it from a different able as she got upset with Barbara Walters (The View) for using it, not in a way to insult black people, yet to make a part. Shepherd feels that regardless if a white person ends the -N- word with an a or not, they aren’t entitled to say it. Thought I hate the word, I just can’t see someone that they can’t use a word created by them or their kind. And I do believe there is a such thing as verbal enslavement: not being able to respectively use certain terms to clarify, make a point or to validly argue a situaton.
I’m not upset with Barbard Walters for using the word. It’s not like she was insulting anyone. It argument was valid. Yes it’s upsetting that it was ok her co host, actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg to use the same word while her point was similar to Walters, however she attacked Walters on the bases that she is a WHITE person using that word.
So my question for Sherri would be, if Caucasians can’t use the word (that their race themselves created to insult black people), then to which degree does a black person go too far with using the word?