There’s one person Big Brother Jesse won’t be watching

In the wake of the Michael Richards scandal, Jesse Jackson has thoughtfully stepped forward to announce a new addition to the Orwellian NewSpeak pantheon: the deletion of a word from the English language (and you know which word I mean).

I wasn’t really paying attention to this whole thing because (a) I’m bored by now with media conniptions about the stupid things Hollywood types do (they’re Hollywood types, for goodness sakes, not an army of Miss Manners); and (b) because, being a polite person myself, I don’t use rude language, especially racially insulting rude language. Since I don’t use that kind of language, I really didn’t stop and think about the larger implications of Jesse’s ukase. John Ridley, however, writing an LA Times op-ed, did think about it, though, and he doesn’t like what he sees:

WHEN EMBATTLED, uh, comedian Michael Richards sat down with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday, the big news wasn’t his repeating, for the 1,000th time, that he had no idea where all that “nigger” stuff came from, didn’t mean to hurt anybody, feels terrible about the whole thing … yada, yada, yada.

The big news coming out of this meeting of minds is that Jackson, as supreme leader of all things black, has launched Operation N-word Freedom, a campaign to liberate the nation (finally!) from the dreaded N-word. Jesse now challenges all black people everywhere to “give our ancestors a present.” No, not the gift of elevation though education and hard work. Jesse wants us to stop using hurtful words.

Jesse wants this?

Jesse Jackson, the same cat who once referred to Jews as “hymies” and New York as “Hymietown”? This same guy who denied it when the statement was made public, kept up the denial after the journalist who reported his slur had his life threatened, and only under immense pressure finally admitted that, well, perhaps he’d made a slip of the tongue? Twice?

And he wants to lecture us regarding the usage of hurtful words?

I am all for having open and intelligent discourse on the word “nigger.” What I am wholly against are hypocrites who sling hate in private, then smile to us while they lie, telling the rest of us that intellectual debate is closed.

Sorry, Mr. Jackson, but the America I support through paying taxes in my over-inflated bracket allows me not to bow down automatically to your linguistic fatwas. Not all of us quake and quiver before mere words.

Ridley’s absolutely right, of course, a point he makes patently clear in another eight amusing and well-reasoned paragraphs. Don’t miss it.

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  • Marguerite

    BW – See article by Sellwyn Duke on today’s American Thinker – really spells out my concern with where this issue is going. I’m not sure how to link the essay here.

  • Ymarsakar

    It is actually a tad worse than that. Because Jesse Jackson says that blacks when they say the n word are being brotherly, but if your skin color is white or what not, then you use the word to be hurtful. Jesse Jackson, a great believer in judging a person by the color of his skin instead of the content of his character.

  • Ymarsakar

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  • Trimegistus

    The liberals warned us that if Bush was elected our freedom of speech would be in jeopardy…

    Yet somehow I don’t think this is what they meant.

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  • Ymarsakar

    If you read 1984 and understood the basic principles of Engsoc, you would be able to tie it into political correctness. PC is at its base, Eng Soc. You control a person’s thinking, by controlling which words they use. So if you destroy words that mean certain certain, then the person cannot form the ideas of freedom, for example. If you destroy the meaning of the word “free”, then you destroy a person’s ability to think of the concept of free. This principle is true, meaning we think and form concepts based upon language. however, the way the PC guys go about it, is to attempt to refine down a person’s thinking so that they can control it. But it doesn’t work. They don’t have the fine tuned control necessary to do so, but they are trying. A person can still hate blacks, without knowing the n word or saying it. Racism isn’t based upon words, but emotions and beliefs.

    Jackson personifies this quite well.

  • jg

    Much more disturbing than this incident is the growing acceptance by the MSM of the lewd, degrading, horribly offensive behavior and products common to parts of the black recording industry.

    All of us with kids have seen the effects of the nasty filth they peddle. Some parents’ groups, and certain black leaders, have at times attacked the obscene hustlers, but the wealth and influence of the business remains mainly unaffected.

    WHEN I SEE Jesse Jackson criticizing the degradation of his people and our world by these (mostly) young black thugs– then I will listen.
    When I see the senator from Illinois REFUSING to meet with one of the thugs (he apparently did recently to discuss how ‘to empower young people’–to rob, rape, and murder, I suppose), then I will know he too dutifully represents the well being of the people of Illinois.

    Much of this rap and other type black music represents hate filled attacks on every part of our life. It enslaves its users. Check the crime stats for youth in your local area. You see its effects in the ruined lives and thinking of those who use the drug.

    I will join Mr. Jackson, and his ilk, in banning this type of hate from the American lexicon.

    When will he begin?

  • kevin

    Update: the teaser for tonight’s (Dec 1) The O’Reily Factor says, “As Jesse Jackson pushes to ban the ‘N’ word, not everyone agrees with him. Screenwriter John Ridley calls the Reverend out!”

    I am so there!

  • kevin

    This is just a test because it appears that beginning a post with the word Update causes the comment not to be listed as a recent comment.