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The “N-Word”, Now There are 2 of Them!

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what to write about that has nothing to do with the president’s lies, or the State of the Union propaganda that we will be asked to buy on Tuesday, up to, and including, global cooling. No, make that global warming. No, wait, climate change. Yeah, that’s the ticket, climate change.

Then I read an article about an elementary school principal who was suspended for using the N‑word. Well, she kind-of used the N-word. In a nutshell, the teacher was getting the kids ready for a play about Martin Luther King, Jr. After using the word “Negro” several times, one of the children said he was uncomfortable with that word and refused to participate in the play.

Ultimately the principal was called in for backup, and during the course of explaining the differences between the two N-words, “Negro” and “Ni***r”, ended up getting herself in trouble. She has been suspended pending an investigation. But why?

I am at a loss here, to a degree. The word “Negro” has been an acceptable “descriptor” for many years. I have had not a one black friend tell me that was a bad word. It’s the Spanish word for black. Martin Luther King, Jr used the word several times in speeches to help explain or add understanding.

But when the principal used the OTHER N-word, well, I’m not going to judge her attempted explanation. It isn’t available for us to critique. But if it went something like this, is this really a problem:

“Now, some people use the word Negro and some use the terribly, derogatory word NI***R. That second word is a word you should never call or refer to someone as. It’s a hateful word and has no place in society. It was used in a hateful and mean way in this country in at a time when slavery was practiced. It was used to try to make black people feel like less of a person, sub-human even. It wasn’t right then, and it isn’t right now, or EVER!”

I need help here. Educators have asked that the “Ni***r” word be removed from Huckleberry Fin and Tom Sawyer, but, if we don’t remind ourselves of the hate that was taught at a period of time in this country, how do we avoid it again in the future?

Have the word police gone too far? So many terms and words have become taboo. But why? I am not suggesting all words are OK to use in general conversation. What I am saying is that we have gotten so concerned with hurting someone’s feelings and how they perceive us that we want our kids to avoid unpleasant things.

I am an American of Italian decent. My grandparents spoke and wrote Italian. It was their first language as was my mom’s. When my mom moved me to a “white” neighborhood so I could have a better life I was called all kinds of colorful names, “dumb Dego”, “Wop”, “Guinea”, and ”Greaseball”. (Sorry if that offends, but it is my column, and it really is what they called me!) Did they make me feel good? No. Did I think it was no big deal? No! Do I want them taken out of references in today’s literature and books? No!

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not comparing my school experience with slavery. I am comparing hurtful words. I want a generation 100 years from today to know how others were beaten down with words, Italians, Japanese, Irish, blacks, and others. I want them to read about it in books, on tablets, via text, and Tweets so they can see, and maybe feel, for themselves how distasteful it is and was and will continue to be.

Think of all the horrible things that have happened in history. The Holocaust has gone from a full chapter in many history books to a page or a few paragraphs. How do our kids learn and understand the impact in that short account? The Japanese internment camps that were here, in this country, are down to a bare mention because they are distasteful and uncomfortable for our young kids. The history of slavery and the way we treated black people in this country is also being taught less and less.

History no matter how uncomfortable needs to be taught. Our kids and their kids need to know the mistakes of the past to ensure they don’t repeat them in the future.

When I hear the word “Ni***r” spoken, whether from a black to a black or someone trying to start a fight or even just be funny, I cringe, not out of fear but because I know what that word represents. It isn’t funny. It’s hate. Plain and simple.

Our youth need have that same feeling. These words aren’t cool. They’re cruel and they need to know that.

Keep watch America, get involved or lose it!

George W. Bush commemorates the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

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Office of George W. Bush

Dallas, Texas
August 28, 2013

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Laura and I are proud to join our fellow Americans in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

When Reverend King came to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1963, his purpose was to hold our Nation to the standards spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. He called all of us to live up to that document’s fundamental promise and the underpinning of our founding – that all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with thousands gathered around him, Dr. King looked out over the American capital and uttered simple, powerful words that changed the hearts of millions. The dream he had spread a message of hope, justice, and brotherhood that took hold in the hearts of men and women around the world.

Our country has come a long way since that bright afternoon 50 years ago; yet our journey to justice is not complete. Just to the East of the Lincoln Memorial, where President Obama will speak on Wednesday, stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise.

Dr. King was on this Earth just 39 years, but the ideals that guided his life of conscience and purpose are eternal. Honoring him requires the commitment of every one of us. There’s still a need for every American to help hasten the day when Dr. King’s vision is made real in every community – when what truly matters is not the color of a person’s skin, but the content of their character.

Laura and I thank the King family and all who work to carry on the legacy of a great man and the promise of a great Nation. May we continue to march toward the day when the dignity and humanity of every person is respected. And may God continue to bless America.

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Marin Luther King Jr. Day revisited

Today on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day it is imperative that we as conservatives and libertarians remember and extol the great work that MLK accomplished in his lifetime. And we must unfortunately recognize that the work he began he passed onto us to complete. The check King spoke of granting the freedom and equality to our African-American citizens still reads, “Insufficient funds”.

It is important to remember that it was conservative Republicans who first championed the rights of black Americans in this country. That history is well outlined and to many of my friends this would only be a refresher of the history they all ready know. If you would like to revisit that history, feel free to read David Barton’s “Getting the Record Straight, American History in Black and White.”

It is important for us who are conservatives and libertarians to constantly remind the progressives and the liberals that it was we, not them, who first championed the liberty of black slaves in this country. It is important that we reject their continued assaults and labels of racist and racism which we don’t deserve and have always rejected. It is important to remind them that it was progressive leaders who continually enslaved the African-American and prevented their progress and indeed turned back the clock after the Civil War and the Reconstruction. We must remind them of this history so that we can never again go backwards into that hell from which we as a nation emerged.

The analysis has been made by someone that African-Americans were better off just after the Civil War than they are right now. While the notion makes one scratch your head, I’m not sure that is entirely untrue. Blacks are much more likely to occupy our prisons per percentage of their population than whites are. Black families are more likely to be broken and the abortion rate is much higher in their communities than in any other ethnic group. Poverty and unemployment hurts African-American families to a higher degree than other groups and the presence of an African-American Progressive president has done nothing to alter this fact. The progressives were the ones who first opposed blacks from getting a decent education and it’s progressives who now still prevent them from getting out of failed public schools. See David Barton’s excellent analysis of these facts in the You Tube video series based on his book. The historical facts you learn will arm you in your discussion with progressives in the future. Then ask the question again whether you think the African-American is better off now, or back then.

David Barton Part 1 of 12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jcEuLX8Btc

Instead of rambling on and on about the importance of the pursuit of equality for all free people, let us remember what MLK meant to us by revisiting his speech, as I do every year, and hear for ourselves his exact words. I see that a You Tube video of King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech only has 45,000 views. A viral video by Jefferson Bethke reached 11 million views in just a few days this week. A rebuttal video by The Amazing Atheist has 400,000 views.

I have a challenge for all the readers of ConservativeDailyNews.com! If you love Martin Luther King Jr. and honor what he stood for, go to the video links below, watch the video, and press the ‘like’ button. Let’s see if we can get a million views by the end of the week.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQQyIj-wDyg

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1zxq0TCjIg&feature=related

President Ronald Reagan’s son Michael reminds us today via Facebook that his father signed the bill creating the MLK Day as a federal holiday on November 2, 1983. The original bill was introduced by Democratic Congressman John Conyers of Michigan in 1968. Information on the creation of MLK Day is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/13/archives-president-reagan-designates-martin-luther-king-jr-day-federal-holiday#.TxR49uFCKUY.facebook.

“I have a dream. . .!” Join me today in the blessing of Dr. King’s immortal dream of liberty.

Jeremy Griffith

Jan. 16, 2012

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