Jul 2, 2013

CNN's Don Lemon had a interesting round table discussion involving the word NIGGER.  The panel included Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Buck Davis, and Wendy Walsh.

I'm all for open and honest dialogue when it comes to trying to heal this country from the ugly stain of racism.  I feel that only through people being honest can we start to push forward with this debate.

Watch the discussion and tell me what you think. 

Roundtable Discussion

Don Lemon Explores the History of the N-Word

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  1. The videos on this post are all the same showing the history of the word. I did see part 1 the other day. I agree with Dr. Hill that this is not that complicated and Buck Davis comments at the end explain it best. Having said that, I am so over this conversation. We are have conversations about race. They are not elusive, but we are not coming to a consensus about it. Both sides expect the other to hear their point of view have a change of heart. Has that happened? Doesn't look like it. So why continue having the same conversation. It is a sensational hot topic that in my opinion is being exploited. This isn't rocket science. I personally think no one should use the term. For as long as there is a double standard, it will forever be held over our heads.

  2. Thank you AVGJOhanna for pointing out the issue with the videos. I believe it has been resolved.

  3. I wonder how Don Lemon would feel hosting a program discussing the usage of the word "faggot" or maybe "kike." He can spend a whole hour engaged in supercilious pontificating with a panel of like minded know-it-alls who are all experts in delivering vacuous sound bites, and they can cheerfully discuss how people might possibly feel when then they hear these words. I have heard some gay people use the word "fag" does that make it ok for anyone to use it? If we can casually discuss insulting terms referring to Blacks on national television then why not do the same for gays and Jews? Or is such treatment only applicable to African Americans? Lemon apparently has no clue that such superficial conversations about pathological behavior actually normalize and condone such behavior. I guess he was not hired because of his high standards of journalistic integrity or a strong appreciation of perceptual psychology. He has spoken and written about his own personal abuse and mistreatment as a child, but he apparently fails to realize that his own behavior now as a journalist effectively promotes the same negativity, low self-esteem and self-hatred that then leads to more such abuse. There are a number of thoughtful Black men and women who have real expertise as well trained professionals who are available to give a real in depth analysis of this topic, like attorney Roy Miller, Frances Cress Welsing or Nathan and Julia Hare, but somehow they never get invited to appear on these television programs.