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During a conversation on the show, “The View,” on Monday, the topic of whether or not Hermain Cain should have used the word n**ger when talking about Rick Perry came up and it sparked a bit of an uproar. Perry’s family leased a hunting camp with the name N***erhead for years and Cain called this insulting. After co-host Whoopi Goldberg used the word in a sentence, Barbara Walters then used the word trying to figure out why it was ok for Cain to use the word freely and others have to hyphenate it by saying the “n-word.” Shepherd wasn’t having it.

“I didn’t like the way you said it,” Shepherd said. “I don’t know if it’s a semantics thing… but something just goes through my body. When you say it, it’s a different connotation.” Walters became upset and was offended by Shepherd saying that it wasn’t ok for her to use the word. Shepherd responded by saying, “I could never explain the way I feel.”

Whoopi chimed in and somewhat came to Walters defense by stating that she doesn’t care if a person of another race says it just as long as they are not directing it towards her.

Walters was still flustered by Shepherd’s statements and continued to go back and forth with her in an attempt to get an explanation -that she was satisfied with- as to why she couldn’t use the word. At the end of the bickering the two agreed to go to dinner so that Shepherd can further explain her feelings about non-Blacks using the word n**ger.

Here is the video of the entire debate. Do you think Shepherd over-reacted or was Walters being insensitive?

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  • Kehca

    I know my comment is slow to come…….But I’m really tired of this discussion…..No one should be using the N- WORD…..it comes from a very dark place in US History….and even though I may sound naive…which I’m not…..it is still a DEROGATORY remark when ever it’s used by anyone because of it’s orgin. The WORD can be said with different TONES or MESSAGES….but it still carries the stigma of it’s origin.

  • Kae

    Personally I do not use the “n-word” period in my vernacular. Even though I am am African American woman, I feel as those blacks who refer to each other as “niggas” is separate from the type of person that I represent. I feel that a “nigga” in this day and age is a person…notice the use of person, not BLACK person, who is uneducated, thuggish, and refuses to overcome racial tensions and ever-present prejudices that exist in the world. I am too “evolved” to consider myself, my brothers, my friends, or my husband as a “nigga”, If others choose to use that word I feel that is up to them.

    So far as Barbara saying the word on television, I can understand where Sherri is coming from when she says she will never be able to explain the feeling she has when she hears it. I personally try my best to ignore the comment posts on websites like CNN.com or TMZ whenever the story portrays a negative act by someone who just happens to be black. I already know that the first words out of someone’s mouth is going to be to the derogatory nature of the black, or Hispanic (or any other minority for that matter) communities. It makes your heart burn and feel like it is sinking to hear African Americans referred to in such a way. I don’t think Barbara was trying to cause harm. I feel that she was possibly trying to be a maverick and pave the way for the usage of the word to be acceptable when reporting on a racial matter. However, I don’t think that is ever going to happen. The word is too powerful, too angrily charged.

  • Liahness

    2Pac said it best: NiggA’s are the one’s in clubs with gold ropes around their necks, NiggER’S were the one’s with ropes around their necks hanging from trees. Caucasian’s used and continue to use the term in a derogatory and demeaning way. Therefore, IT WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE FOR CAUCASIAN’S TO USE THAT TERM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!