White People, You Need Another Intervention Because That Dr. Laura Needs Some Help

Friday, August 20, 2010

I have nothing against people bringing up words in order to make a point - in fact - that's what words are for - but in context.

As an impetus for a conversation.

I'm not saying White People can't use certain words - especially in an academic realm on the discussion of race and racism - but even then you have to be careful simply because of the power structure of where some of those words come from.

The allusion - as in "the N-word" - is more than often sufficient enough because we are by no means equal.


If you listen to the whole call, and you listen to her tone, in the context of what she said - she uses it in a taunting way.

In a way that said "You people are too sensitive. See? I can say it and I don't mean it in a derogatory way."

Even though at the base - because of the premise from which she spoke - it was.

And "Don't NAACP me"?

That's intent.

That's reckless behavior without regard to others around you.

You can't yell fire in a theater, and you're going to get beat down for a hate crime if you're screaming at the top of your lungs "dirty chink motherfucker" while you're proceeding to stab someone.

To me it's easy to see what you should and shouldn't say - what actually has power and what doesn't.

But then again - who knows right?

I'm probably just trying to NAACP you all.