Black Journalists and Commentators Rip Limbaugh’s “Nigga” Claims

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By Joe Strupp

Rush Limbaugh’s claim that it’s acceptable for him to say “nigga” — with the “a” at the end — because some African-Americans have used that derivation of the racial slur drew strong criticism from several black journalists and commentators who called him “harsh” and a “bully.”

“I just think this is not good,” said Juan Williams, a regular Fox News commentator. “Obviously I think this whole level of conversation is pretty base and divisive. It’s so harsh.”

Gregory Lee Jr., president of the National Association of Black Journalists, said Limbaugh should know better.

“We don’t use any other offensive words on the air, why is this okay?” said Lee, who is also South Florida Sun-Sentinel executive sports editor. “As a professional broadcaster, he should have a deeper understanding of why. He knows why, but he knows this will help pump money into his empire by saying things of this sort.”

At issue is a comment Limbaugh made on his syndicated radio show July 16th, in which he reacted to a CNN interview with Rachel Jenteal, a friend of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and witness in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Jenteal had testified at the trial about her phone conversation with Martin the night he was shot and killed by Zimmerman.

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