This whole ‘N’ Word debacle with Food Network Chef Paula Deen has sparked the debate about the use of the ‘N’ Word all over again. This debate can be heard on news stations, radio stations, Twitter, and Facebook. It seems like every few years we pull the scab off this wound only to let it heal and peel it off again a few years later.
There is honestly no real resolution to this issue. People are still going to use this word regardless. People are going to rationalize the use of this word until they are blue in the face. Is it wrong? Yes. Am I guilty of using the word? Yes. I do not see the point in rehashing this debate every few years when there is nothing that anyone can do about it.
This whole ‘N” word debate is a smoke screen to cover up a bigger story in the news, which is the 5-4 decision form the Supreme court that came down yesterday, which invalidates key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.
Yesterday’s decision does not change the fact that it is still illegal to discriminate against a person when it comes to voting. But it does change how some governments have been singled out. Unlike the rest of the nation, these municipalities, counties and states have had to get the federal government’s approval first before they made any changes to their voting laws and regulations.
Many civil rights groups say the Voting Rights Act, specifically section 5, has been integral in protecting minority voters from governments with a history of setting unfair barriers to the polls.
This is what we should be outraged about, not Paula Deen’s use of the ‘N’ Word.
What are your thoughts?