Just a few weeks ago, Dr. Laura caused a stir by repeatedly saying the word nigger to a Black woman, who had called into her show, for advice on dealing with racism in her inter-racial relationship. To be fair, much of what she said was also overtly racist, but for many her true crime was her comfort using the word nigger. Dr. Laura has at times been even more conservative than
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On September 14th, Bill Maher host of, Real Time With Bill Maher, went on Larry King live in a sort of quasi celebration for receiving a star on the Hollywood walk of fame — thus bringing down the value of said award. Of course, the conversation naturally turned to Republicans and racism. When they began to speak about the 2012 election, Maher had the following to say:
I cannot wait to see the Republican debates in 2012 when you think about who is going to be on that panel. Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, John Bolton, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney.
How are they going to out-fire breath each other? I mean where this rhetoric has gone to at this point? It’s only 2010. And we’re having Newt Gingrich, as we were talking about before, calling him an anti-colonial Luo tribesman. Luo tribesman.
That’s the new Kenyan, Larry. And Kenyan, of course, was code for nigger. But that’s where they are. They can’t say it out loud. But that’s where this whole campaign is going to be.
You asked about racism. It’s all about racism. They cannot fathom this idea that there is a black president. And that’s what they are going to fight about. (source) (emphasis mine)
So, Dr. Laura used the word nigger to demean someone and the whole world goes into a snit because overt racism simply cannot be tolerated. Then we have Bill Maher, who some would consider a leftist — but I consider to be a libertarian douche bag, who uses the word to talk about the racism that someone else is engaging in, and no one has a problem with this. Larry King did not even blink an eye and he went on with the interview, as though the word nigger had never been uttered. I suppose when it is said by those that really don’t mean to be racist, and they happen to exist with a shit ton of privilege, it doesn’t really matter.
Here’s the thing about White men like Maher, they think that they have the right to say and do as they please, and as long as there is even one individual who could reasonably be called more of a douche bag than them, they think that they are on the right side of history. What kind of sense does it make to call out racism using a racist slur? Seriously, think about that one for a moment. The word nigger coming out of the mouth of a White man is not any less painful because he is talking about other racist White people. In fact, it makes him a clueless douche.
Because Republicans have done such a good job with their overt racist program, it gives supposed (and in the case of the mega douch Maher, supposed is being nice) a pass on the racism that they engage in. Being less racist does not equal good. The only good kind of racism is the non-existent kind, but that would mean White men like Bill Maher, giving up all of the undeserved privilege that they have been wallowing in like filthy pigs. Actually, retract that last statement, because no pig deserves to be insulted with a comparison to men like Maher.
So, let’s say this one last time for clarity. There is no good way for any White person to utter the word nigger. Intent does not matter, because every time that word is said by someone White, it calls into question centuries of degradation inflicted upon Blacks by Whiteness. That means no complaining that you can’t say the word nigger like Black rappers, and it certainly means not deploying it like a nuclear weapon to earn cool points while decrying racism. This leftist ironic racism bullshit is just that – bullshit.