Lots of discussion in blogtopia recently concerning humor. Left-wing bloggers seem split on whether the New Yorker Obama fist-bump afro black-power muslim flag-burning cover is delicious satire of delusional far-right-wing wackaloon assholes versus dangerous fodder for delusional far-right-wing wackaloon assholes. There have also been differing views on whether it is appropriate for white folks to use “nigger”, either humorously or as a rhetorical device.
White versus black use of “nigger” has even been discussed in the vacuous mainstream shitbag media on a show called The View. Apparently, one of the hosts of the show–a wealthy white right-wing asshole–started crying about how she can’t understand how black folks can call each other “nigger”.
Why is it different for Jesse Jackson to call Barack Obama “nigger” than it is for a white comic to call a black audience member “nigger”? It’s actually very simple: There is a huge difference between humor or other rhetorical devices when deployed by the privileged to reinforce their privilege and when deployed by the less-privileged to prick the privileged.
CORRECTION: Commenter Teresita points out the Jackson did not call Obama “nigger”. Rather, he apparently took issue with Obama telling “niggers” what to do.