MEEKS DISAVOWS THE "N-WORD"
I'm so repulsed by the word "nigger" I vowed to never use it years ago, and to check anyone who uses it in my presence.
So, of course I was disappointed that the Rev. and state Sen. James T. Meeks publicly used the word-again.
Today, i called up Meeks and asked why.
Last week, Meeks compared some elected officials with "house niggers" in a sermon critical of the Chicago Public School System.
"House nigger" is a derogatory description of slaves who worked in the slave owner's house and benefitted from the close relationship. Today, it is still a derogatory term commonly used by blacks to denounce other blacks.
Meeks also used the controversial slur publicly while protesting alleged racial profiling on the South Side. In an interview, Meeks accused police officers of stopping drivers in cars they deemed to be "niggermobiles."
Wednesday afternoon, Meeks told me he was putting the word to rest.
"I am not using the word at all anymore," he said. "I'm going to officially retire my use of it.
But Meeks also told me that he expects something from White America, too.
"My appeal to White America is this: I will stop using that word, and it will never come out of my mouth again," he said. "But I am expecting them to be as equally passionate about ridding society of the achievement gap as they are passionate about ridding society of this word. I want them to be equally passionate about redlining. I want them to be passionate about the resource gap.
How can they be comfortable knowing that white children get more money per pupil for education than black kids? How can they sleep at night?" he asked.
Meeks also believes white people are the driving force behind efforts to bury this racial slur.
"White people don't like the word because it's a symbol of white racism," he said. "They recognize that it was an error on the part of their forefathers.
As noted by Ferris State University sociology Professor David Pilgrim and his colleague, languages and literature Professor Phillip Middleton, white supremacists have spread their anti-black views on sites with names such as "Niggers Must Die," "Hang A Nigger for America" and "Nigger Jokes Central."
The people behind these sites couldn't care less about African-Americans using the slur. They probably find it funny.
But whites who avoid using this racial slur are getting ticked off.
As long as they can be hounded out of their careers for publicly calling a black person the N-word, they are going to be outraged when blacks use the word with immunity.