If You Missed It & Want To Watch It, Don Lemmons’ CNN Special On ‘The N Word’ Is Online

If You Missed It & Want To Watch It, Don Lemmons' CNN Special On 'The N Word' Is Online

In case you didn’t know, last night, inspired in part by the Paula Deen brouhaha, and ongoing George Zimmerman trial, CNN hosted an hour-long special (including commercials) titled The N Word: Is It Ever Ok, hosted by Don Lemmon.

During the program, Lemon was joined by a panel of guests including LeVar Burton, Tim WiseWynton Marsalis, Donna Brazile and others, debating the use of the word.

Many of us mocked the idea of the special yesterday, before it aired, but I figured I’d share it anyway, since, I’m sure, some of you would want to watch it, if you already didn’t, and discuss. Plus it’s a slow news day, as we all look to the upcoming long holiday weekend!

As for how I, personally, feel about the use of the word… I’m not one of those who’s necessarily married to, or divorced from it. I’m more of an “actions” guy, so I tend to react to how people behave, and how they act, not really to what they say.

I think the same amount of energy (if not more) that we invest into squabbling over who controls the use of the word, and how it’s used, should also be focused squarely on acknowledging and then dismantling, or coming to terms with the environment that gave birth to the word as we now know it today, its intent and meaning, as it came to be in the 1900s or so – an environment that, for all intents and purposes, still arguably lives and breathes in the 21st century, just in a different package.

I believe that what ails us is so much bigger than this one word, but we invest so much in it and its usage. Not that we shouldn’t recognize the usage of the word, or the word itself – I just don’t want us to get too distracted by it, when there is so much else that we need to tackle.

But that’s just me.

I was expecting CNN would make the entire program available online, but they still haven’t yet, so I headed over to YouTube, where I found it uploaded in 4 parts – although the audio isn’t that great.

Watch below: 

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Kim Casper

I think that there was a transitional time when the N word was helpful- only when used by Black folks- in order to take back that word. That time is over now and for the love of humanity it would be fruitful to lay it to rest. Transitional means a time when we are changing, becoming more aware, not a place to build a permanent house. Rest In Peace, N word; you taught all of humanity a lot about ourselves, now we can let you go and build on our strengths for each other, together.

NO BRAINER

I only watched the first 30 seconds and had to move on. I hate to say it, but Mawon was right.

Blah, Blah

When they going to do a Cracker Ass Cracker show? Don't white people want to know the history of how that word came about?

Miles Ellison

The only reason anyone should be watching CNN is if they're in an airport and their smartphone battery is dead or they're waiting for their donuts.

mawon

Bourgeois niggas lecturing other niggas about saying "nigga." Pass.

ScriptTease

I am so sick of the word all together. I don't care how many times ignorant white folks use the word…..BLACK FOLKS KEEP IT ALIVE. So can we bury this Mofo and move on to more important issues that's really plaguing the black race. Lets get it together Black Folks!!!!!!

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