“It’s something that means something way different to me than it does to you, I can use it as a term of endearment.” says Sherri Shepard

When called on the subject Whoopi plows in with how “We don’t live in the same world. What I need you to understand is the frustration that goes along with when you say we live in the same world. It isn’t balanced.”

Where did this happen? On a fun packed episode of ABC’s The View.

The discussion of course was concerning Jessie Jackson’s supposed use of the n-word while making derogatory comments about Barack Obama as he stood by a microphone that should have been switched off, of course the microphone belonged to FOX News, an organization that is not well known for its balanced reporting, and its predilection for scandal. And what could be more scandalous than Jessie Jackson calling Barack Obama bad names.

ABC on the other hand are usually quite responsible, and it was with some amazement that I watched Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepard, both of who are black, rail on Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters (white).

The video is both amusing and disturbing. Whoopi goes off on a n-word marathon which is bleeped out, while the very stoic and well respected Barbara Walters keeps her cool, she does have a ‘what the hell just happened here’ look on her face.

While Sherri may indeed use the word as a term of endearment, I seriously doubt that Jessie Jackson was. So this begs the question, in this day of equality, why do we have this disparity? According to Whoopi and Sherri the n-word is OK if spoken by a black person, but a no no if a white uses it. Where is the sense in this stance?

I am sure that ABC, and Barbara Walters in particular wished this show had never happened. And I for one think that news has sunk to new lows. Who cares what Jessie Jackson says anyway? For the most part he is like Zsa Zsa Gabor or Paris Hilton, famous for being famous, but not actually doing anything useful.

Of course Jessie was the first into the fray to kill Duane (bounty hunter) Chapman’s career when a private telephone conversation was taped capturing Dog using the n-word. It is time that these dual standards end, I don’t see the argument that a word is ok for one ethnicity but not another.

My guess is that Al Sharpton will be offering his services to rehabilitate Jessie Jackson. Good times!

Simon Barrett


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