Good lord, are white people ever going to get over the fact that it’s not cool for them to use the N-word? There are SO MANY WORDS, why is anyone stuck on this one? Is it really so terrible that black people can use a word that was used against them in a derogatory way for so many years, demonstrating hatred and inspiring fear, without white people still trying to use it today? Haven’t white people said that word quite enough in the past?
Apparently not, because today, Joel Pollak, whose bio says he’s the host of a Breitbart news show, tweeted a roundabout “if black people can say it, why can’t I?” question.
His rationale was that, since he hears the N-word used in the music played at his boxing gym (owned by a Terrific Black Guy™), everyone should be able to use it. Pollak called for a “real national conversation” (as though it hasn’t been had a zillion times already) about the word and its “public use.”
Twitter rightfully went to town on the bozo.
The New York Times‘ Dave Itzkoff tweeted a clip of an interview where the very same Pollak tried to compare Roy Moore dating young girls to Ringo Starr’s 1973 hit, “You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine.” OH, COME ON.
People like Pollak don’t want to understand the reason they can’t use the word. They’re not asking to talk about it in good faith, because honestly, the “national conversation” has been had, and all they’d have to do is LISTEN.
Sometimes white people try to make the argument that being called “honkey” or “cracker” is as bad as the N-word, but everyone’s allowed to say those words, so how is that fair? But it’s not at all the same, because white people weren’t called honkies and also enslaved by black people, with their families torn apart, forced to work until they died like cattle. So, no, not quite the same thing. Maybe while Joel Pollak is wondering about the public use of the N-word, he could also look up the word “perspective.”