Is He Right? Roland Martin Says We Shouldn’t Tolerate The N Word From Anyone

June 21, 2013  |  

Ya’ll know Roland Martin is never one to bite his tongue; and he’s bound to offend some folks in the process. So I really can’t be surprised that he took to Twitter to pose a question about the recent Paula Deen controversy, specifically her usage of the N word.

And from there the floodgates opened. People were coming for Roland for a while. And of course, he didn’t back down. Instead, he kept asserting his viewpoint.



I see where Roland is coming from in some respects. He doesn’t agree with the word no matter who’s using it. But was Paula Deen’s use of the word coupled with her subsequent actions of asking folks to pretend to be slaves is vastly different than the brotha on the corner using it as a term of endearment. I understand Roland doesn’t care for the word but arguing that it has the same effect coming from a variety of sources is a stretch to me. Since I’m black, I’ll use a different minority group. For instance, I’m offended by the use of the f word, but if I hear someone in the LGBTQ community use it, I understand that it may mean and may be interpreted completely differently by someone in that circle. And I would dare not use that word, as an outsider knowing it could potentially offend someone else.

I can understand that Roland Martin doesn’t want to anyone to call him the N word but I find it hard to believe that he would honestly interpret the usage of the word coming from Pookie the same way he would interpret it from Paula Deen.

What do you think? Was Roland right?

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