1. Sorry, Smiley.
2. Today I learned that I can snore without being asleep. That’s weird. I’ve never heard myself snore before, but, as far as snores go, mine’s kind of cute, like a large cat purring. Or a small monster getting ready to take over the world.
3. So, let me get this straight. Michael Richards, an obviously white guy, calls some black guy a racial slur, one that white guys have been calling black guys in a disparaging manner since at least the Revolutionary War, according to Dictionary.com, and Jesse Jackson’s response is to call on "the entertainment industry, including rap artists, actors and major studios, to stop the use of the racial slur that triggered the scandal involving ‘Seinfeld’ comic actor Michael Richards."?
Is this insane to anyone else but me?
Richards didn’t call anyone a nigger because he thought it was okay because black folks use it. He pulled that puppy out because he knew, as does every fucking white person in America, that it is a conversation-ender, a deal-breaker, a word with no analogous retort.
It doesn’t matter if every black person in the world stopped right this second using the word; that wouldn’t stop white people from using it against black people. Which Jackson surely knows.
So, what’s the deal?
My guess is that Jackson is largely irrelevant to most rappers and young black entertainers and that this gives him a chance to throw his weight around a little bit, especially because white people, such as Richards, would love nothing more than to have just one black guy they could go to, say Jackson, and make amends. It benefits Jackson to perpetuate the belief that he’s the go-to guy for doling out black understanding, both in terms of cementing his place in the larger culture and making some waves among young black entertainers.
But let’s be clear–the word did not trigger Richards’ scandal. Black entertainers using that word didn’t trigger Richards’ scandal. Richards triggered Richards’ scandal.