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Rush Limbaugh Thinks He Can Say The N-Word Because Of Rachel Jeantel [Audio]

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In an interview with Piers Morgan Monday, Rachel Jeantel — the friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him the night he was murdered by George Zimmerman — lamented the fact that she didn’t use the n-word during her testimony. She then described the difference between the n-word with an “er” and the n-word with an “a.”

According to Jeantel, “n***a” can be used to describe a male — any male — and is not racist. Morgan pointed out that this is the form rappers use, and that this form came into use “around 2000.”

“But n***er is a “racist word,” Jeantel said. “I’d advise you not to be by black people, because they’re not going to have it like that.” She then said this use isn’t confined to just her community, but to an entire generation.

“Not young people, old people use that, too,” she said.

While some may disagree with Jeantel’s attempt to differentiate the two words, Rush Limbaugh took the explanation as a greenlight to use the “a” form of the word.

“So, ‘n***a’ with an ‘a’ on the end, I think can [say it] now, isn’t that the point? Because it’s not racist. That’s the point,” Limbaugh said. “I could be talking about a male–a Chinese male, guy at the laundromat. I could be talking about a man, that’s what she said it means.”

Limbaugh also cited Jeantel’s explanation of the term “creepy a** cracker/a,” which she said means someone who “acts like they are police” or a “security guard.”

This isn’t the first time Limbaugh has used the “everyone else is doing it” defense to justify his use of a derogatory term. In March 2012, after he called Sandra Fluke — the attorney who testified before House Democrats about the importance of insurance plans covering contraception — a slut, he tried to excuse his behavior by saying, “You talk about a double standard. One of the greatest illustrations of it is that rappers can practically say anything they want about women, and it’s called art.”

What do you think of Rachel Jeantel’s comments about the difference between the n-word with an “er” or an “a”? Do you think Rush Limbaugh is being deliberately obtuse by saying he can now use the latter based on her definition?

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6 Responses to “Rush Limbaugh Thinks He Can Say The N-Word Because Of Rachel Jeantel [Audio]”

  1. Michael McMahon

    As usual he is showing how absurdity by being absurd. Hurrah for rush.

  2. Anonymous

    First of all Rush Limbaugh is a demagogue and a reactionary but if he were an actual human being I would say that he shouldn’t say the N-word, Rachel Jeanteal shouldn’t say it and neither should anyone else. White’s often begin this conversation saying, “If you can say the N-word, why can’t i?” as if a derogatory term is some valued privilege to be parceled out. By that same logic, if I don’t use the N-word (and I don’t), no White person should be able to, but even if I did and some other Black person anywhere else in the world didn’t; doesn’t that mean Limbaugh doesn’t have the right to?
    This is all hypothetical of course, because Limbaugh is only a hypothetical person.

  3. Anonymous

    Rush Limbaugh has never shown me anything but how mean, nasty and vulgar it is possible to be. His Sandra Fluke “slut” comment was ignorant and creepy. He doesn’t understand birth control pills and knows nothing about female conditions like Amenorrhea (lack of periods) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), or Endometriosis. If he and others like him could shut up for a minute and let a woman speak about women’s health issues he could learn this. As usual he is speaking of things he knows nothing about.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/15/1065090/–The-pill-it-s-not-just-for-birth-control#