Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg Spar Over N-Word.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck held back tears on The View while Whoopi Goldberg repeated used the N-Word. See the video here.

Whoopi Goldberg makes the case that not only is there is a double-standard in society, but it is perfectly fine that it be so. She thinks it is fine for hip-hop artists to use the slur if they want because it does not have the same power in the black community and we live in two different cultures. Hasselbeck wonders how we can teach children the difference.

The topic came up while they were discussing Jesse Jackson’s use of the N-word earlier this week. Read the story.

Hasselbeck: “We live in a world where pop culture uses that term and we’re trying to get to a place where we feel like we’re in the same place. How are we supposed to then…move forward if we keep using terms that bring back such pain?”

Goldberg: “I can tell you how, here’s how we do it, you listen and say ‘Okay, this is how we’re using this word and this is why we do it,’ and you have to say, ‘I understand that, but let’s find a new way to move forward.'”

Hasselbeck: “We don’t live in different worlds. We live in the same world.”

Goldberg: “We do live in different worlds, it’s just that way. It is Elisabeth.”

The entire argument is pathetic. It is not perfectly fine to have a double standard as made clear by the ABC censors. The N-word was bleeped out repeatedly on every television set in the country, regardless of color, as both black and white viewers sat stunned by the audacity of the argument. You cannot teach kids the difference, unless you want to accept that we should permanently live in a racially divided society. In a common culture, which is the goal for both racial harmony and prosperity, words will have the same meaning to all.

Whoopi Goldberg should be ashamed for excusing an ugly tradition in America. Not only does she explain its usage away, but she thinks that the N-word is fine. Wrong. Still more preposterous is that fact that nobody is a greater example of our integrated culture than Goldberg herself on an iconic television program, The View.

And Elizabeth Hasselbeck should ask the question more directly. The real question is why should it be okay for kids to grow up under different rules simply because of the color of their skin. We are long past that now, and dinosaurs like Whoopi Goldberg should have their microphones cut off by networks in the future. There is no place on the public airwaves for the perpetuation of myths.

Here is a tortured explanation of why the double standard is fine, but also not fine at the same time. Come back and tell us what the author is really trying to say.


N-Word on The View
Whoopi Goldberg and Elizabeth Hasselbeck (Video)