Barack Obama Called The N-Word By New York Newspaper
Barack Obama has been in the White House for six years, but he's still not completely free from the infamous racial epithet.
The WestView News, a New York community newspaper, is under fire for using the headline, "The N***er in the White House" in an op-ed piece. Despite the headline, the column was actually supportive of Obama and criticized the right-wingists' alleged racism. The headline turned that allegation back toward the column's writer, James Lincoln Collier.
The publication originally opted to not publish Collier's piece online to prevent a further backlash. The New York Post captured an image of the print version of the piece, which ignited the criticism.
Columnist Alvin Hall, who's also of the WestView News, slammed Collier's piece with his own column entitled, "This Headline Offends Me." Hall's piece was published online.
"The phrase encapsulates, telescopes, evokes and provokes the underlying, almost entitled bigotry that still quietly pervades the racial attitudes of far too many Americans, both actively and passively," Hall writes. "For me, just seeing the n-word in a headline or in an article always makes me bristle. I feel a knot of indignation, disgust, and anger form in my gut. I grew up in a time when the n-word was used two ways."
Collier's piece is also available for online viewing, perhaps to show viewers were Hall's counter argument comes from.
"It is possible to draw only one conclusion: these far right voters hate Obama because he is black," Collier argues. "The simple truth is that there is still in America an irreducible measure of racism. A large minority have for some six years have been quietly angry that they must have in the White House a member of an inferior class of people."
A lot of tweeters didn't see eye-to-eye with Collier because of the racial epithet in the headline.
— ☀SaltWaterGirl☀ (@DonnaBee511) July 6, 2014
@CNNTonight @WestViewNews That statement is true, but the headline is still not alright. — C_Turner (@tmix0338) July 8, 2014
— mikemakk (@mikemakk) July 8, 2014