Why Does Rush Limbaugh Even Want to Say the N-Word?

Why Does Rush Limbaugh Even Want to Say the N-Word?

Limbaugh's takeaway from Trayvon Martin case: He gets to say the word now

Many people have drawn many conclusions from the Trayvon Martin case, but Rush Limbaugh's is this: He's allowed to say the N-word, now.

Bear in mind, I'm not writing about this because I think Limbaugh's comments are interesting or provocative. This post exists to make fun of a famous person being dumb. But I also wonder why Limbaugh — and so many other of my fellow white people — even want to say the N-word.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel, said something Limbaugh took as the justification he's apparently long sought to say the word. He's found a loophole, you see: Jeantel said that while "n—-er," is an offensive term, "n—-a" is just a word that refers to "any male." She said even a Chinese person could be a "n—a."

"So, n—a with an a on the end," Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday. "It's not racist! I could be talking about a male. A Chinese male. A guy at the laundromat."

Sure, because that's where Chinese guys love hanging out, right? But let's set that one aside for a moment.

Also read: Zimmerman Lawyer: If He Were Black, He Wouldn't Have Been Charged

It's unclear why Limbaugh thinks a teenage girl giving him permission to use the word would make her a spokeswoman for all people who might be offended by the word. It's also unclear why so many white people think it's so unfair that black people can say the N-word and they can't.

So let's talk about fairness. White people have an amazing deal, by virtue of being born white. Is that fair? We've had a 400-year economic head start, police don't profile us, old ladies don't clutch their purses when we walk by because of our skin color.

The supposed downside? We can't say the word. That's it. The one thing we can't do.

Seems like a more than fair tradeoff.

And I still I hear some white people thinking: What about in the car, with the windows rolled up, when I'm singing along with N.W.A.?

I guess that's harmless, in a tree-falls-in-the-woods sort of way. But I'd probably feel differently if you were saying the word while listening to NPR.

Here's why you shouldn't say the N-word, ever, even if someone on TV seems to be reaching out to you directly to say it's okay. Ready?

Because you might make someone feel bad. Or like you value them less because of their race. Their nice day might be ruined by having to wonder whether you were making a racial joke, or just referring to hypothetical Chinese guys "at the laundromat." 

Oh wait: In that situation, you would be racist either way. Bad example.

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    Tim Molloy:

    This article is ridiculous. In fact, shameful. You are entirely to eager point your finger and missed the very simple point that Rush was making. Obviously, he does not want to go around saying that word.

    It is ironic that you call/infer Rush as a racist. The media was out to hang Zimmerman from day one.

    Why did they constantly use a photo of Trayvon that was years old. Because it was one where he was way younger and smiling. It was, as intended, very misleading.

    Why did NBC doctor the 911 call to make it sound as though Zimmerman was profiling. They have admitted to this and even fired the producer, but the impression was already made to the public.

    Why did the media not release the photos of Zimmerman's bloody head. One outlet even covered the blood with their logo.

    Is none of this at all concerning to you? Zimmerman was being made to look guilty! The facts were ignored by the media and this was IMMEDIATELY turned into a white vs black issue. People like you do nothing but throw fuel on the fire.

    What about Spike Lee tweeting out the address to a family's home with the same last name. Asking his follower to “go get him”? Why don't you write an article about that??

    Can you imagine if the media fabricated items/events in favor of a white person? Can you imagine what would happen if a white celebrity told people to go get a black person??

    Zimmerman gets his day in court. Evidence and witness testimony exonerate him, and now everybody is screaming racism.

    What were all these people screaming when OJ Simpson was found not guilty after killing two white people??

    Your article is pathetic. You choose an easy target and have insulted the intelligence of your readers.