nigger by someone can  Five years ago, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other leaders of the black community staged what had to have been one of the most fatuous exercises in the history of language: They “buried” the word “nigger.” 

As with anything buried alive, the word has scratched and clawed its way to the surface once again proving that premature burial is usually not permanent or productive. 

It was a selective internment anyway since most African-Americans never participated in the funeral and hip-hop “artists” never ceased using “nigger” as well as “bitch,” ”ho,” and other less-than flattering terminology toward women in their “art.”

At the 2007 ceremony in Detroit, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gravely intoned, “Today we’re not just burying the N-word, we’re taking it out of our spirit.  We gather burying all the things that go with the N-word. We have to bury the ‘pimps’ and the ‘hos’ that go with it.  Die N-word, and we don’t want to see you ’round here no more.”    

Perhaps Kilpatrick wasn’t the ideal spokesman for the obsequies.  He wasn’t exactly a role model either before or after he became Detroit’s mayor, what with a plethora of corruption, perjury, obstruction of justice, bribery, extortion, and fraud  scandals and serving time in federal prison. 

The first evidence that nigger was making a comeback fortunately didn’t happen on FOX News which would have been castigated by the left wing media had someone on FOX employed the term.

Last month, CNN special investigator Drew Griffin was reporting on an alleged hate crime in Mississippi and cited a cell phone call by one of the suspects: “At the end of this, Deryl Dedmon is laughing with his friends and actually called on a cell phone and, pardon my language but there’s no other way to say this–‘I just ran over that f—ing nigger.’ ” (  

Of course, there were myriad other ways of saying it but none had the shock value of Griffin’s usage of a buried word. 

Likewise, there were various other ways for Susan Candiotti, a CNN correspondent, to report on the recent Tulsa shootings than by quoting a Facebook entry by one of the accused on Easter Sunday: “And it reads like this: ‘Today is two years that my dad has been gone, shot by’–and please excuse the language, it’s very sensitive–‘Shot by a fucking nigger.’ “  (

Apologies were duly accepted for both the use of the F-word and the N-word and neither Griffin nor Candiotti were publicly reprimanded by their employer. 

of CNN anchor Don Lemon,  In any event, white correspondent Candiotti had effectively been authorized to use “nigger” on air by CNN’s black weekend anchor, Don Lemon, who had said earlier that he endorsed using nigger on air since saying “the N-word” somehow “sanitizes” and “takes the value out of what that word ready means,” no matter ”what color the reporter is.” ( 

Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t sanitize much, least of all her language when she is speaking on ABC’s “The View” or anywhere else. 

whoopi-goldberg  Goldberg sided with Lemon on the “N-word” issue, contending in her inimitable fashion that, “I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it. It’s part of our history. Every time people try to sort of make it sound better or more acceptable, let’s call it what it is. Yes I call it what it is. I say nigger, they bleep me.” (

So, there we have it.  A formerly forbidden word re-born after it had been buried and relegated to the scrapheap with all the other words stricken from the English language.  The facts that there had never been another word so stricken and that banning “nigger” was nothing more or less than another foolish and useless politically-correct gesture may have been contributing factors in its resurgence. 

In the future, we should all learn from the keen perspectives and insights of Whoopi!