This was in the news here yesterday.
Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has been suspended from the Conservative party after she was taped using the phrase “n****** in a woodpile” in a discussion about Brexit.
These days whenever I hear that [insert white person with some kind of public role] has said the word nigger (at this point, why bother using asterisks?), I always chuckle to myself.
Not because it’s funny but because we [black people] know that white people say it behind closed doors. We know that white people won’t be happy until they can say the word whenever they want without any repercussions. Slavery wasn’t enough. The Jim Crow era wasn’t enough. They want to take the word back.
You guys can have it. Seriously. Say it all you want, and if there’s some blow back, know that you knew what you were signing up for. Maybe we can brand the letter R on the hands of all the white people who want to say it.
People are saying that nigger in a woodpile is an old fashioned term and that it’s inoffensive. Yeah, now (and that’s HIGHLY debatable). Back then it obviously had a wider connotation. Either way, it’s still a phrase that needs to be left behind. However, if you’d like to say it, I have my R brand ready for you.
Anyway, my tongue in cheek suggestion aside, there’s been the usual response.
- Why are these people so offended?
Excuse me? Who are these people that you’re referring to. Black people? Why are black people offended at the use of a historical term that was used to denigrate them? And that aside, I personally wasn’t. I can’t think that too many of us are. Unsurprised, that’s for sure.
- These people have come and taken our jobs. We should send them back to where they came from.
LOL. Lazy response. Do better.
- Black people often use the ‘N’ word about themselves
What’s your point? It’s been explained to the death why it is that some black people use the word. I used to take the Oprah stance on the word before I realised that black people have earned the right to take back the word if they please. I don’t look down on anyone that says it. Unless you’re not black. If you’re white you can’t say it. Simple. There’s no magic sparkle that happens when you say it. I promise you.
- PC in this country has gone so far we have disappeared up our own arse.
This is always the default response people have when they’re told off for being offensive idiots. It’s not PC gone mad, it’s just that you’re still a dick. Deal with it.
- They call us names too
Really…how many of ‘them’? And do they have the same historical connotation and racist background? No? I didn’t think so.
I can’t think of anything more tiring than debating whether or not white people can say nigger when the answer is glaringly obvious.
Stick to saying it behind closed doors.
Or maybe don’t say it all.
(*just to clarify – I’m being facetious.)