Vent Tuesday - NIGGER

Jacob Isom

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Greetings all, today I wanted to touch on what has been in the news as of yesterday when Obama addressed the issue of racism in America. Of course, this stems from the shootings that happened in South Carolina where 9 African-Americans were shot by the hands of a 21 year old white male. We all know that no matter what Obama does or says it will be criticized and scrutinized by the media, public, and many in other parts of the world. That comes with being the President but more importantly it comes with being a black man. The President used the word "nigger" to make a point in an interview that was addressing racism in America.


He was lambasted for using the actual word on both sides of the coin, both black and white not to mention, democrat and republican alike. But we have to look at it from another angle. Obama is a black man that uses the word to make a point and I believe he did so because he has everyone talking (good job). Secondly, no president in our history has been more disrespected than our current one and guess what word was being used to call him out his name? You guessed it, "Nigger". So are you telling me that someone who has been offended by the word cannot turn around and use the word to make a statement?


Not only have we become way to sensitized but we have also lost all kinds of perspective. Once again, it comes back to race, whether or not we want to admit it or not, its not going away. And that was the exact point the president was trying to make. We will never move on unless we choose too. So many of us who call ourselves "American" hold unproven, ridiculous notions about people based on our color. But when it is said and done, once the violence has ensued and is over, the only color in the street is red and the only thing people really care about is green. At the end of the day, nothing will change until we can be honest with ourselves, our children and maybe then can we move on from our disruptive past that has always haunted us.


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