Dear Daily Mirror, If you want to profile a racist, let me give you some names:

Cliven Bundy – Nevada cattle rancher who declared that Black people were “better off as slaves”. Defiantly broke several federal land use laws and refuses to pay his rent for his cattle grazing land.

Donald Sterling – Owner (soon to be former owner) of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.  Was caught on tape ranting about black people by his now ex-girlfriend. As of today, his latest statement was “I should have paid  her off.” That’s just here in the United States-and no need to tap their phones or dig up old unused video footage.

By the way, I took a quick visit to Wikipedia and there’s quite the list of hate groups in the U.K.  As for politics, The British National Party appears to be the twin of the U.S.’s Tea Party. Surely you could use your investigative reporting to find a real racist or two there. Oh, never mind, The Guardian  did in 2013.  But it can’t hurt to revisit this topic.

There is one name that doesn’t appear: Jeremy Clarkson

I visited the Mirror’s  website and watched the footage. (How much did you pay for that unused video?  Smells like someone has a grudge.)  It’s obvious Clarkson censored himself. The point where the n-word would be is garbled. Add the fact that forensic staff had to review the tape to figure out what the word was–this isn’t a story.

As a Black American, I hear the n-word on a daily basis. The sad thing is that it’s not white people using the word. Unfortunately when rap music took a turn for the worse, we began referring to each other as n—–.   There is now an entire generation that has lost sight of the meaning of the n-word. As a result, we no longer respect each other. Now those who would have otherwise kept their racist opinions to themselves have begun to spout them publicly.

This is the true issue to discuss: How do we as black people regain the respect we had for each other? How do we get across to our children what the n-word really is and why we should NEVER address another  person with a slur.

Should Mr. Clarkson have used another word–of course–he could have said “piggy” (which is how I learned that nursery rhyme). He claims he asked the production staff to edit out any offensive sounding words. And as I mentioned it’s obvious on the tape he censored himself.  There is a line between offensive and sarcastic, sometimes it’s very thin, sometimes it will be crossed. But this time it wasn’t crossed at all. I appreciate Top Gear’s non-politically correct humor, the cars, and the adventures. Leave Mr. Clarkson alone. Find a real news story.

Rosalind B

 

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