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FOX News Guest: Whites Have Been Brainwashed Into Thinking Blacks Insulted By N-Word

Reported by Ellen - November 12, 2007 -

Sean Hannity’s favorite African American guest, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, announced on Hannity & Colmes Friday night (11/9/07) that the n-word “means more to white Americans than it does to black Americans. And I believe that white Americans are over-reacting to the word because they have been traumatized by people like Jesse Jackson and the NAACP… The NAACP and Jackson and others have used that word for the last 50 years or so in order to manipulate and control white Americans.” With video.

Once again, white supremacist sympathizer Sean Hannity was obsessing about what he clearly believes is the most important racial issue facing America: that there is a double standard in which blacks “get away” with saying racially charged comments that whites can’t. The context Friday night was that two black comedians (Daman Wayans and D.L. Hughley) made “nappy headed ho” jokes on The View.

Alan Colmes made it clear what he thought of the subject when he asked with mock indignation, “Should we be outraged over these comments? Is this a blatant example of a double standard? Or are the comedians being funny?” Turning to Peterson, Colmes suggested that you can’t put Imus in the same category as Duane “Dog” Chapman.

Comment: What Hannity and FOX News were really trying to do was put Chapman and Imus in the same category as Wayans and Hughley and to smear the larger African American community as being biased hypocrites. To underscore that message, the lower third of the screen read: 2 comedians repeat Imus comment but no racial outrage follows.

Peterson took it a few steps further. In answer to Colmes’ question, Peterson said, “When black people make jokes about that word, or call each other nappy-headed, it doesn’t mean anything to them. It’s just a joke. Now, there are times when they’re trying to get back at you (and then) it’s pretty serious, but I think that the word means more to white Americans than it does to black Americans. And I believe that white Americans are over-reacting to the word because they have been traumatized by people like Jesse Jackson and the NAACP… The NAACP and Jackson and others have used that word for the last 50 years or so in order to manipulate and control white Americans."

Comment: The way I see it, it’s similar to when I use an epithet about someone in my family. I can call them an SOB and it means one thing but when someone outside the family does it, even in jest, it’s totally different and far more objectionable. A black person using the n-word to another African American is doing it inside the family, if you will. It’s not likely Hannity is ever going to be considered “inside” the world of African Americans.