Honored to a Fault

Every few years the N-word rears its ugly head, so toxic that I dare not use it in this post, even though I think I heard it used on air by Roland Martin on his News One television show without a peep nationally, I guess it’s all about whom is using it, Rap artists have been given somewhat of a pass for years. The musical Rag Time sparks a discussion every time it’s even rumored to be presented, which is quite silly since it cannot be performed with a politically correct re-write. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, has been under the strain of a rewrite or an out and out banishment for years because of its use of the language in common usage when it was written. I recently viewed director Joel Schumacher’s 1996 ‘A Time to Kill’ based on John Grisham’s 1989 novel is just one many films set in the segregated old south that would seem incomplete without the N-word adding to the charm of that place and time. And yes, among slaves there were house ‘Ns’ and field ‘Ns’ as Bill Maher alluded to that was largely based on skin tone, the lighter skinned slaved in the master’s house while the darker ones in the fields. It’s anybody’s guess how some slaves came to bare the burden of lighter skin. Speaking of Bill Maher, who was chased from network television when his Politically Incorrect offended, then on to cable with Real Time, so, what’s left, the Web, where anything can be said without any fear of cancellation. No meaningful exploration of the N-word in literature or in real life can be complete without the honorable mention of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, however, I have never been known for long posts, here is where you must do a little research on your own to complete this study of the N-word and how it came to be so honored to a fault…