FoxNews: Elisabeth Hasselbeck in Tears After 'View' Discussion on N-Word
Dear Mrs. Hasselbeck:
I read about the exchange that you recently had with your co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepard on "The View" regarding the word "Nigger". Their argument is that Black folks and White folks live in two different planes of existence and thus this word has very different meaning depending on who says this word. As a Black man I agree with this statement.
Your argument is that if we as a nation of people are attempting to come together then we can't have these double standards of PUBLIC use of this word that is offensive to Black people in particular. Thus you are arguing that Blacks should not introduce it to the common lexicon in their music and casual usage. I agree with you on this point.
The point that you are missing is a vital one: THE BLACK COMMUNITY DOES NOT HAVE A MECHANISM FOR 'ENFORCEMENT ACTION' AGAINST ITSELF. Where as Blacks are able to sue, protest, boycott or publicly shame those who are not Black that offend Black folks.....short of attacking Black Conservatives....you are not going to see a sustained and comprehensive program that streams from within the Black community to suppress this word.
Whoopi and Sheri know what they are dealing with in regards to Black people so they are not even going to pretend that it is possible for the Black community to take the lead in purging this word. No amount of "symbolic funerals" at the NAACP convention is going to do it.
Knowing this Whoopi and Sheri "played you" on the subject. If they make the case the Blacks and Whites are "different" then this distinction allows them to take the subject off of the accountability of Black people and place it back on the notion that "White folks just don't understand Blacks".
I realize that you are the "conservative" on the show and thus you take your share of attacks. In fact you are likely considered "racist" by some simply because of your traditional values that you hold dear. The key point that you need to understand is that you are actually viewing the key flaw in their flawed ideology of "non-judgmentalism" and social liberalism. Their tactics are far more effective on EXTERNAL offenders who they can, once again - boycott, protest, and condemn. When the offender is INTERNAL then their offensive acts do not rise to the same level of offense. Don't be forelorned Mrs. Hesselbeck - this is not just the case for LANGUAGE, it is also the case for Black on Black murder. If there are two standards for response in murder....what chances do you figure that mere language is going to draw equal outrage?
Mrs. Hasselbeck - just sit back and take it in stride. I am on the inside of the cultural and political genre known as Blackness" and I don't understand the antics of the operatives who manage the POPULAR semantics thus I'd hardly expect that you could either. The key is that there are indeed COSTS that are registered as they execute upon this strategy that relies so much on double standards. The fact that these COSTS are not registered by these same people in their consciousness does not mean that these COSTS are not taking their toll. Indeed they are.
Keep fighting for what you believe is right. Ultimately it is the BLACK COMMUNITY, having recognized these costs who will have to put these OPERATIVES in check. They don't speak for all Black people and more importantly, their claims about "WORKING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF BLACK PEOPLE" needs to be PROVEN to the Black Community with evidence. Since the bulk of the Black community agrees with them and thus they are POPULAR one must conclude that our community has done everything that is necessary to receive the results that these people with their ideology and policies have delivered to them.
The natural consequence of this fundamentalism and unwillingness to change is that they BLAME PEOPLE LIKE YOU for their own failures. Understand the game Mrs. Hasselbeck. They are actually hurting inside. Their machine has more control over this nation than ever before and yet their key problems STILL have not been addressed. This is not going to change until they explore within themselves.
"View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was in tears Thursday after a discussion about the use of the n-word, in which fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg told her the two "don't live in the same world."
During a segment covering Jesse Jackson's recent use of the n-word while preparing to tape an interview on FOX News, Whoopi and co-host Sherri Shepard, who are both black, contested that the word has a different meaning for black people.
"It's something that means something way different to me than it does to you," said Shepard. "I can use it as a term of endearment."
Shepard also said to co-host Barbara Walters: "I don't want to hear it come out of your mouth."
Hasselbeck contested that "We [blacks and whites] don't live in different worlds, we live in the same world."
Goldberg, who used the n-word repeatedly during the broadcast (it was bleeped out), said that "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."
Hasslebeck tearfully replied that "when we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term, and we're trying to get to a place where we feel like we're in the same place, where we feel like we're in the same world ... how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?"