On Sunday night, the n-word controversy came up again with Noel Sheppard, editor of conservative watchdog Newsbusters. He believes now is the wrong time to have that discussion considering all that is going on with the Trayvon Martin case.
He said that “the nation is on the precipice of conceivably a very, very serious racial tension, or maybe even, heck, maybe even a race war” over the killing of Trayvon Martin and the shooting spree in Tulsa that left three black people dead and wounded two others.
On the other hand, Lemon stands strong on his position. He told audiences that journalists and anyone of any color should say the full word.
“I don’t care what color the reporter is, I think someone should say ‘that person called him a nigger,’ rather than ‘the n-word,’ because it sanitizes it.”
Shortly after the post, reporter Susan Candiotti quoted a pretty disturbing message regarding a suspect in the Tulsa shooting spree: “Today is two years that my dad has been gone, shot by a fu*king nigger.”