Goldie Taylor on CNN: “I Can’t Say Honkie or Cracker” [Video]
by Yvette Carnell
White people, ever itching at the bit to use the “N” word, often whine, “black people can say it, so why can’t I!?” That common refrain, that black racial slurs are off limits to white people, but that there are no white slurs which are off limits to black people, is untrue, but usually goes ignored by most black people. But Goldie Taylor took on the premise head on – and upended it.
During a segment with CNN’s Don Lemon, Goldie Taylor disagreed with comedian Dean Obeidallah on the issue of white racial slurs. “I can’t say honkie or cracker or any of those other things,” she said, “but I have white friends who can say them and use them in jest or use them, I can say some other words that I choose not to, maybe on air.”
But even if we could call our good white friends crackers and get away with it, it still wouldn’t be the equivalent of calling a black person the “N” word. There are 400 years of the oppression tied to that word. White people, living within a white preferential framework, can’t relate to that, not really.
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