What Hasselbeck should have said to Goldberg
Even as Obama-god heads toward the Democratic nomination and the American empyrean, it’s as though the entire black community is determined to convince us of their unfitness to live in this society.
Here and here are news articles with video about Whoopi Goldberg’s face-off with Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View this week about the N-word. Goldberg insisted on the right of black people to say “nigger” in public, and she used the word several times by way of illustration. The idealistic Hasselbeck, the show’s token conservative, protested Goldberg’s racial double standard and said that we live in the same world. Goldberg energetically replied that blacks do not live in the same world as whites and that, considering blacks’ still serious problems, it is an unfair imposition on them to say that they do. The funny thing was, Goldberg said that when blacks say “nigger” to each other, it is a form of affection, so it’s ok. But if the word is an expression of affection, what does it have to do with blacks’ “problems,” and why do their problems justify them in using it?
Hasselbeck showed courage and principle in staying with the issue and not backing off. But she didn’t quite get to the core of the argument.
Here is what she should have said that would have blasted Goldberg’s arrogant double standard to smithereens:
So please tell me the rules we’re supposed to live under, Whoopi. Are you saying that blacks are free to say the N-word to each other, but that if a white person gets within ten miles of saying anything that remotely sounds like the N-word, he gets instantly fired from his job? Is that right?
Mark Jaws writes:
Your hypothetical response to Whoopi Goldberg was fantastic. You wouldn’t believe how much of your output I absorb and digest and then convince myself of their being of Mark Jaws origin. Your blog has been very inspirational to me.Terry Morris writes:
LA replies:So please tell me the rules we’re supposed to live under, Whoopi. Are you saying that blacks are free to say the N-word to each other, but that if a white person gets within ten miles of saying anything that remotely sounds like the N-word, he gets instantly fired from his job? Is that right?Question: Who are we trying to convince by such a response? Whoopi and blacks, or whites? I don’t see how responding to Whoopi and blacks in general in that way would ever accomplish anything even remotely close to the apparent intent. Whites could counter blacks with this style of argument till all of our faces turned blue, and it still wouldn’t have the effect of convincing them that to get along with whites they must hold themselves accountable to certain rules of decorum and decency which apply across the board regardless of one’s race. Invariably they’re going to see this demand on blacks to observe a certain set of (white) standards as an attempt by whites to arbitrarily enforce a white set of standards over blacks.
I’m not expecting such a speech to get blacks to sign on to some universal abstract code of common behavior. I’m expecting it to push blacks back and get them to see that they can’t get away with their games any more, that whites are not guilty any more, and that they can’t be pushed around.Terry Morris replies:
Uh, well, uh, it looks like you’ve taken me to the woodshed here. Alls I can think of to say at this point, besides, “Let me aks you another question” is … STOP OPPRESSING ME!!!Robert B. writes:
What you noted is something that I and my ancestors have noted for many generations. It is why I always stood in amazement of the behavior of middle class whites toward blacks. Having employed blacks for more than 200 years in this country—as domestics, horse trainer/stable boys, machinists, etc. it has always been very clear to us. Blacks behave just fine and are quite nice—just as long as society holds them to our standards. And society must never back down. Hence today’s problem blacks. What used to be called “shucking and jiving” by blacks themselves was/is a form of con job, if you will. This is where the black man promises to be good, but only if you give him what he claims he needs. Of course just as soon as you give it to him, he now needs something else. Very real lessons concerning this are in the Uncle Remus stories of old, I do not mean the Disney version, I mean the real versions. Contrary to what Wikipedia has to say about Uncle Remus stories being considered racist by mid 20th century America, I was told these stories by my nanny—who was black and from the south.James W. writes:
I have seen a fair number of legitimately educated, very competent young white people go to using the term nigger routinely in addressing each other. I’m sure it is their statement that they are tired of the controversy, and all the people who make hay out of it.LA replies:
Or they’re saying, since blacks keep using it around us, we’re going to use it too.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 21, 2008 12:38 AM | Send