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October 20, 2005

The White "N" word

From the London Telegraph...

Howe went on to talk about his Channel 4 documentary Son of Mine, detailing his relationship with his 20 year-old son, Amiri, and whether it was racism or his faults as a father that were to blame for the difficulties his child had been through.

Rivers, 72, broke in, saying: "I'm so, so bored of race. I think people should inter-marry. Everybody should be part this, part that and part everything. Race doesn't mean a damn thing. Everybody should just relax, take the best of their cultures and move forward."

Purves suggested that was a "very American approach" but Howe disagreed, saying: "That's not an American approach. America is one of the most savagely racial places in the world."

And then he later suggested: "Since black offends Joan…"

This drove Rivers into a complete tizzy. "Wait!" she cried. "Just stop right now. Black does not offend me. How dare you? How dare you say that? 'Black offends me!' You know nothing about me. How dare you."

Their exchanges culminated with Rivers shrieking: "Don't you dare call me a racist. I'm sorry. How dare you."

As a somewhat harassed Purves tried to calm the situation, Rivers said to Howe: "Now please continue, but don't you dare call me that. Son of a b****."...

The uproar subsided when Howe, after insisting he had no idea if Rivers "was a racist or not", relented by saying: "No, she's not a racist."

Rivers, who has just arrived in London for a UK stand-up comedy tour, snapped a thank-you, adding: "Now please continue about your stupid film."

Okay, for the record, since it seems few Black people actually get this: As mad as you get when someone called you the "N" word, we white folk get just as mad when someone calls us racist. It has nothing to do with facts or reality. It's just a words tossed out as a verbal fist in someone's face. Before you slam someone with such an accusation, back it up thoroughly with facts. If you can't, then you're judging someone solely on the color of their skin. Guess what that's called.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 20, 2005 05:56 AM

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