The Notorious N-I-*-*-E-R: A Discussion on The N Word
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stanley Fritz
On July 1st 2013, Cnn did a special on the N word. The special which was a panel discussion that featured Marc Lamont Hill, Michael Skolnik of Global Grind, and many more discussed the state of the N word in modern times, compared it to the word “Cracker” and discussed the different responses people have when the word is used by someone from a particular race or background. This is my response to the special and the many interesting conversations that took place on my timeline during the airing of this program.
While there is no proof to support that there was ever a man named Willie Lynch who gave this speech in the 1700s, the message behind the words in this text are not only frightening, they reflect a viewpoint that is 100% real. They embody a blueprint to oppress an entire group of people and a name to signify that oppression. That letter embodies the negative connotation of Blacks that has helped us accumulate the highest incarceration rate in the United States. It is also the birth of negative stereotypes–the same ones that drove George Zimmerman to follow an unarmed Trayvon Martin and shoot him dead. Local police told Zimmerman that “God forgives all” and then released him, while Trayvon’s parent’s sat in their home waiting to hear from their son.
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