The woman behind the racist anti-Obama bumper sticker defends her product.
“According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It means a low down, lazy, sorry, low down person. That’s what the N word means.”
Friedman points out that in the Webster New Collegiate dictionary, the N-word is defined as a “…Member of any dark-skinned race. Taken to be offensive.”
Among Ms. Smith’s other ignorant gems:
“And besides Obama is not even black. He’s got a mixture of race. It’s his choice of what his nationality is.”
I guess the best we can hope from this whole experience is that the world is talking more openly about how the words we choose to use carry weight, and have very profound meaning. As someone who lives in a major metropolitan area, on the liberal West Coast, it’s easy to forget that people like Paula Smith exist, people who think that the N-Word is just a word like “lazy” or “low-down”.
And lest we forget why any of this matters, why it matters that there are still people in our country who are racists, let’s remember Trayvon Martin and his heartbroken family, whose unarmed teenage son was gunned down in Florida; and the man who pursued him-George Zimmerman-chased him down against police advice, threatened him, terrified him and finally murdered him in cold blood at close range, is still walking the streets, never having been arrested.
Racism is alive and well. And we all have a duty to put an end to it.
To hear 911 transcripts of the calls made by Trayvon Martin’s killer, read “Is this Justice?”.