Footage revealing that Jesse Jackson used the N-word (in addition to saying he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s “nuts off”) sparked a heated discussion between The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck, a staunch Republican, held back tears as she grappled with the double standard that black people are using the N-word, while she’s trying to teach her children otherwise. The mother of two explains, “When we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term and we’re trying to get to a place where we feel like we’re in the same place and we feel like we’re in the same world how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?”
Goldberg quickly cuts Hasselbeck off and clears up the misconception that we are all “living in the same world,” arguing that her own mother’s lack of voting rights in America is evidence of the different worlds. “You must acknowledge the understanding of what it [the N-Word] is and why it is, in order to go [forward],” Goldberg insists.
All double standards are hard to understand, and it is practically impossible to selectively delegate which racial groups are empowered to use the word and in what context (ie: Are bi-racial people, who appear to be white, allowed to use the word?).
But Goldberg just might have good cause to defend the usage of the word and stress the understanding of the hows and whys before extracting it completely. It wasn’t too long ago that blacks had to accept the double standard that was segregation and slavery under the Constitution, so it shouldn’t be too hard for Hasselbeck to understand the double standard of one ridiculous little word.