There seems to be confusion as to whether or not the “n-word” should be used in our culture. Some say certain uses or spellings of it are okay, even good (see this report). Al Sharpton is apparently disappointed in Jesse Jackson’s latest display of his – er,…winsome vocabulary. And today comes the report (see below) that Whoopi and company apparently don’t see anything wrong with it as long as it is used by someone who is black:

“View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was in tears Thursday after a discussion about the use of the n-word, in which fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg told her the two “don’t live in the same world.”

During a segment covering Jesse Jackson’s recent use of the n-word while preparing to tape an interview on FOX News, Whoopi and co-host Sherri Shepard, who are both black, contested that the word has a different meaning for black people.

“It’s something that means something way different to me than it does to you,” said Shepard. “I can use it as a term of endearment.”

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Shepard also said to co-host Barbara Walters: “I don’t want to hear it come out of your mouth.”

Hasselbeck contested that “We [blacks and whites] don’t live in different worlds, we live in the same world.”

Goldberg, who used the n-word repeatedly during the broadcast (it was bleeped out), said that “We don’t live in the same world. What I need you to understand is the frustration that goes along with when you say we live in the same world. It isn’t balanced.”

Two observations:

1. I have never watched this show and do not plan to do so unless captured by the enemy and forced upon the threat of death to watch it (I may choose death).

2. Some people need to get their heads screwed on straight before they open their mouths.