Discussing “Dr” Laura’s Racist Rant, the use of the n-word, and white racism on CNN, 8/14/10

Tim Wise discusses “Dr.” Laura’s racist rant, the use of the n-word, and the larger issue of racism on CNN, 8/14/10


10 Responses to “Discussing “Dr” Laura’s Racist Rant, the use of the n-word, and white racism on CNN, 8/14/10”

  1. Tim you hit the nail on the head my man.

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  2. the difference between a white using the n word and a black using the n word can be seen in what I call Effective Racism. This is deifned as the ability to create a deep sense of otherness in the individual or community and develops the idea that while we all can be racist, we all can’t be racist in the same way. It comprises four main elements: 1) historical construction; 2) institutional support; 3) affect future generations; and 4) affect entire community. The reason why most whites are not offended by the term Honky or Cracker is because Blacks have not been able to get whites to internalze the negative aspects the term implies the way whites have been able to do this to many blacks.

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  4. The old counter arguement of “comedians and rap artist use the word” is racist in itself because it assumes that Blacks collectively are ok with that usage, where in fact, a majority of blacks aren’t

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  5. I’ve been called a “white n….”, and I’m proud to say that I was.

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  6. Blacks have a long history of using the word nigger,why is it so hard.Blacks used it during slavery as a word to identify themselves and other blacks,not as a way to down someone,while whites do use it to degrade,the word means black period not ignorant.

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  7. Tim, what do you think about the last point that the male commentator (I didn’t get his name) argued? I think it’s a good point that some of the people who need the reachout the most are the hardest to get to, and a lot of research has shown that our voting and political behavior tends to be determined by peer groups. I think the solution would be to try to talk amongst our own communities, however hard it’d be, the way you mention doing in White Like Me, but it does seem that personalizing the discussion would help too. I’ve found that just attaching a name and a face to a dialogue really makes it easier and keeps hatred and anger from escalating.

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    I agree with that point actually…

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  8. Tim Wise,

    I so very much appreciate you! You articulated just what I think about the Dr. Laura siuation. I was surprised that many people targeted her use of the n-word, which I was less offended by than by every other part of her rant. They comlpetely ignored every other racist thing that she did and said during the call. How could Dr Laura not know, that failing to validate the caller’s feelings was neither helpful nor useful to/for the caller? She interrupted the caller repeatedly, then complained that she could not finish a sentence. She apparently thinks that the election of Barack Obama means that there is no more racism in this country. And what was this” don’t NAACP me ” nonsense about? Breibart used video out of context, not the NAACP. If any black person or organization mentions race, we are the racists.
    How do we get what I call “good white people” to stop denying the existence of racism? I am often shocked that they see what happens in this country so differently.

    While I am not a proponent of the use of the n-word, I am offended that it seems that the word did not get to the place where it could not be spoken or wriiten, in its entirety, until white people decided that it was such a vile word. It became taboo when “good white people” decided that it was.Hearing the word articulated all the way out, as Dr. Laura says, apparently makes”good white people” uncomfortable. These are the same “good white people” who do not recognize when a black person is being treated like an n- word.
    In my opinion, Dr. Laura did not apologize. She merely said that she was wrong for using the n-word. She should have ACTUALLY APOLOGIZED for the entire racist rant.

    TIM WISE FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    Many blessings,
    Janet

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  9. Janet: Unfortunately, that’s going to generally be the case for a lot of major social and cultural changes. Until white folks get on board in a critical mass, it’s likely that change won’t happen. Slaves always hated slavery, but it was only when abolitionists and economic interests pushed it into the public discussion that it got solved.

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