Cornwall ON – When is a word a word? When is it a weapon? Is it the word itself or how it’s used, or simply who is using it?
Dr. Laura, or as she’s known in real life Laura Schlessinger. Known for years as a “Doctor”, Ms Schlessinger has been doling out advice and opinions, but after 20 years in the biz she’s going to be hanging up her shingle over the use of the word “Nigger”. Which she used 11 times in one show as can be seen in the Wiki Link below.
She told the caller that she had the right to say the word because black comedians and actors on HBO say it, and cited a previous race-related comment made by her that was “funny” (and was made to her bodyguard, a black man). She also claimed that black people voted for Barack Obama for President on the basis of skin color, as an example of blacks as well as whites making judgments based solely on skin color. She apologized for doing the “wrong thing” a day later.
On August 17, 2010 Schlessinger announced the end of her radio show during an appearance on Larry King Live, saying that her motivation was to “regain her first amendment rights
That’s the only time I’ll use that word in this editorial. By now you’ve emotionally reacted one way or another. I actually gave a lot of thought whether to actually print the word or not.
I decided to risk it as we still live in a Democracy although one far too littered with politically correct thinking. Conformity I think would make Dr. Charles Darwin roll a few times in his grave. Dr. Laura has been tarred and feathered as have other media people over the years over that word.
It’s a horrible word too. The connotation of it isn’t good in any way shape or form. If you’re a Caucasian it’s a total taboo to use the term, but if you’re a rapper or comic it’s still sorta ok.
It was another day or was it? We live in weird and wacky times where it’s more dangerous to say some things than actually do certain things. Where speaking out can cost you your job or life in some parts of the world while taking a life seems to get very little issue, and crimes against humanity and nature mostly go unpunished.
The also late George Carlin was a lover of words, and also got into a lot of trouble, and fame for his use of certain ones. His Seven Words you Can’t say on Television come to mind.
Now these two are simply examples of people who fought for the right for many of us to speak. I don’t condone the use of the “N” word. I think it’s wrong. I think it should be looked down on, but I’m not so sure that there are any words that people should lose their jobs or their lives over.
It’s an interesting war….these words….tiny things, bits of letters strung together that can change so much in our world.
Recently I was the victim of slander in another newspaper. Again, words, strung together in an illegal manner meant to cause damage. Words are cheaper than bullets yet used in certain ways can cause much more damage than a lead slug.
What do you think Canada? You can post your words below.
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