The liquor made me do it…….

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk”-Charlie Chaplin

 

“Eagles’ Riley Cooper apologizes for using racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert, Michael Vick forgives receiver: ‘I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,’ Cooper wrote on Twitter in a statement that was also released by the Eagles. Cooper, who is white, is expected to be the Eagles’ No. 2 wide receiver this season…”    NY Daily News

 

          There should be some thought given as to the use of the “N” word as a term of “endearment” and “artistic expression” (the “a” at the end, means that it is really, really endearing). Some young people are under the strange illusion (delusion?) that they independently create language meaning outside of an American cultural-racial-power context*. It is only those who are politically disenfranchised; the: out of the realm of the power to truly define word meaning; who utilized derogatory and degrading phrases to define themselves. In my entire professional life I have never heard the people referenced words: “Trailer Park” or “Trash” (separate or together) utilized as a term of endearment and/or respect by my White collogues. We need to collectively remove the “easy access” to this, and other derogatory references, by not giving them false authorship and power. Alas, you are what you say (think), you are. Now, I am in full support of forgiveness, education, spiritual restoration and reconciliation. But I have a strange feeling that this was not the first time (or the 2nd, 3rd, 4th …) he has utilized this word. I think the alcohol elevated it to a “bold and public” level. Well, you could say that: Alcohol is the devils medicine (meant to hurt and not cure the disease of racism); but that medicine needs a willing patient for it to work effectively and so………

 

 

 

*Refer to:

  • Any speech by Malcolm X
  • Mis-Education of the Negro: Carter G. Woodson
  • Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • “Where do correct ideas come from?”-Selected works of Mao Tse Tung
  • Lev Vygotsky: Thought and Language
  • Jean Piaget: The Moral Judgment of the Child; Judgment and Reasoning in the Child; The Language and Thought of the Child.