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The word

From today's online New York Times:

President Obama invoked the word “nigger” in a podcast interview released on Monday to drive home his point that slavery still “casts a long shadow” on American life. But in the process, he touched a raw nerve in a country struggling to confront racism and hatred in the days after nine black parishioners were killed during Bible study in a South Carolina church.

“We’re not cured of it,” Mr. Obama said of racism during an interview for a “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”

I didn't learn about this story until tonight's NBC Nightly News. During the segment, a transcript of the remarks appeared along with the president's voice. The transcript said "n*****," and the network bleeped out the president's use of the word.

Question: Was NBC furthering the argument the president was making, or squelching it?


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Jun. 23rd, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Interesting question and situation.

It is all well and good to say that some words are verboten for everyone, but the reality is that those words exist and are used.

In some circles those words are no more shocking than dog or nail clippers. For those of us not in those circles, hearing or reading them is appalling in any context, but.... I get why he said it. But at the same time, I get the network's policy that it doesn't matter who you are - you cannot say that on air. And I also get that the use/non-use of the word means nothing in the big picture.

Cue the shitstorm on social media.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 11:55 am (UTC)
When that white cop shot the black man Walter L. Scott in the back in North Charleston, S.C., back in April, a colleague and I disagreed about the media coverage. My argument was that television news showings of the video over and over disrespected the victim—that people had already seen the video and knew what was in it, which meant in my opinion that the media were being exploitative and sensationalistic. She said the video should be aired more, not less, so that people could see how real such incidents are. I think Obama's word choice was intended to be controversial, intended to demand people's attention, intended to focus attention at this moment on how racism permeates American society. Then again, maybe NBC's bleep focused attention on the word in its own way.
Jun. 24th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
Maybe this is a better answer:
marc hill
Jun. 24th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
That is great!
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