It’s ok to be a ‘rock’n’roll nigger’: NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority

I have on my shelves a little book called Nigger. It?s not the work of some hooded Klansman, but a scholarly essay by black Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy. Kennedy?s book is both a fascinating history and a level-headed analysis of the use and abuse of what he calls ?a troublesome word?.

After detailing its long history as a term of racial abuse, Kennedy nonetheless concludes: ?There is much to be gained by allowing people of all backgrounds to yank nigger away from white supremacists?. New Zealand?s Broadcasting Standards Authority has come to the same sensible conclusion. Quote:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority says the n-word is “highly offensive”, but can be broadcast in Bob Dylan’s song Hurricane.

The authority received a complaint about the 1975 song being broadcast on Coast FM in August 2018. End of quote.

What these woke whingers either can?t understand, or ignore, is that nigger is not a single-use word. Quote:

A protest song about the conviction and imprisonment of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, it includes the lyrics: “To the black folks he was just a crazy n?..”.

While the BSA agreed the word was “highly offensive and derogatory”, it didn’t uphold the complaint on the grounds it overlooked the song’s social and historical context.

“The song itself has social and historical significance and tells a story of racial injustice and inequality experienced by African Americans in the 1960s,” The BSA ruling stated.

“It could be argued that the song itself is an example of the power of the right to freedom of expression. The language and expressions used is integral to the narrative of the story told through the song.” End of quote.

The complaint is a perfect example of what Kennedy calls ?Badly mistaken attacks undertaken against people who should never have been seen as enemies?. Quote:

The BSA also cited Bob Dylan being “well-known for using his music to address issues of social injustice and inequality” as a reason not to uphold the complaint?According to Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan’s Hurricane is “one of rock’s most powerful, and effective, protest songs”. End of quote.

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This case yet again exposes the hypocrisy and, yes, racism, of the ‘woke’. After all, they never complain about rap songs which use “nigger” virtually as a punctuation mark. What Kennedy calls ?cordoning off racially defined areas of the culture and allowing them to be tilled only by persons of the ?right? race? is as racist as any white supremacist. If you think that people’s language use is defined by their skin colour, you?re the racist.

Besides, using silly euphemisms like ‘n-word’ is just infantile.

YouTuber iDubbbz points out the hypocrisy of singling out just one word, from all the racist slurs used against people of all colours and races, as somehow uniquely forbidden. Quote:

?We are very fucking stupid to hold the word nigger at this colossally high standard, whereas every other slur, that can be used in a comedic sense, or an editorial sense, but not this one, because that one has history. Well, guess what, fucking retards, all the other ones have history, too. Either all of them are OK, or none of them are OK?. End of quote.

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Fellow YouTuber SomeBlackGuy agrees. Quote:

Seriously, I really don’t care, as long as you’re not using it in a derogatory way towards me. Just like any other profanity. End of quote.

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Besides, if the ‘woke’ brigade are going to start going after classic rock songs that use nigger, they?re going to have their work cut out for them:

  • Rock?n?Roll Nigger – Patti Smith
  • Woman is the nigger of the world – John Lennon
  • Oliver?s Army – Elvis Costello (?One more widow, one less white nigger.?)
  • Don?t Call Me Nigger, Whitey – Sly and the Family Stone

Let?s just hope they never see Blazing Saddles.

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