Earlier this week CNN correspondent Susan Condiotti caught fire for using the full n-word while quoting a post on the Facebook page of a shooting suspect in Tulsa, Okla on Sunday. She later issued an apology to the public and said she regretted using the word. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and CNN anchor Don Lemon believe that if the word is being used to report the news then journalists should be able to say it in full without being bleeped out, according to the Huffington Post.
“I hate saying ‘the n-word.’ I think it takes the value out of what that word really means. Especially when we’re reporting it. And I don’t care what color the reporter is. I think someone should say, that person called someone ‘nigger,’ instead of saying ‘the n-word,’ because I think it sanitizes it.” Lemon added that he hates the use of the word in music and when it’s used for misogynistic purposes. “What I’m saying is in the reporting of a story, you should say the word,” Lemon said.
Goldberg reiterated these same sentiments Tuesday on The View. She said that calling it the “n-word” makes it sound cute. She feels strongly about the word, but says that we shouldn’t eliminate it because it is part of our history. Her co-host Barbara Walters chimed in by saying,
“If I were quoting somebody else, and it’s intrinsic to what the person was saying, then you have to be able to say it.”
Goldberg agreed with her statement.
See the clip from “The View” below:
There is such a stigma around the word and rightfully so, but if it is part of quote that is relevant to the story being reported then why shouldn’t a journalist be able to say it in its entirety regardless of their race?
What do you think?