By Kevin Fasick and Laura Italiano
The WHAT in the White House?
Well-heeled West Villagers will be in for a rude surprise when they open the latest copy of their local newspaper and see the headline, “The N—-r in the White House” — except without the dashes.
The shocking headline in the WestView News is a reference to President Obama and sits at the top of Page 15 above an opinion piece that criticizes what it calls the anti-black “racism” of far-right voters.
The convoluted screed by author and journalist James Lincoln Collier is actually a pro-Obama piece — but that didn’t stop West Villagers from decrying the printing of the slur.
“It’s disrespectful in any context to refer to the president of the United States as the N-word,” said one West Villager, Eugene May.
“If you were quoting something or referring to the historic context of the word being used, I can understand the justification,” said May, 31.
Note: Just for perspective, It has been:
238 years since “All men are created equal…”
151 years since the Emancipation Proclamation.
149 years since ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
146 years since ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
144 years since ratification of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
66 years since Presidential Executive Order 9981.
60 years since Brown v. Board of Education.
50 years since the Civil Rights Act and the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
40 years since the Voting Rights Act and Presidential Executive Order 11246.
The “great experiment” of America has only recently in its history attempted to right the wrongs of racism. The struggle continues. This country has not achieved a “post-racial” society. I fear it may never because racism and prejudice is the result of people in FEAR. To use the N-word for “shock and awe” value and to get attention is reprehensible. To use any slur of any community is reprehensible. The disrespect that has been shown to the Office of the President of the United States during the term of Barack Obama has been a shameful example of the cancer with the body of America.
When will this country be able to live up to its founding document? Will it ever? ~ SB