One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

What else could “the n-word” refer to?

This teaser from The New Republic‘s latest editorial strikes me as, at best, entirely unnecessary, and at worst, an entirely unnecessary racist provocation.

In the brief weeks that Barack Obama has been president, the n-word has been heard with startling frequency in Washington. We’re talking about “nationalization,” of course.

The editorial is titled “The N-Word.”  In case anyone didn’t get it, the editors are misleading you to think that they mean a very different n-word.  And the only reason that this little stunt is possible is because the newly elected president is African-American.  Is that not almost patently offensive, or am I missing something here?

February 4, 2009 - Posted by | media | ,


  1. Yeah, actually. I’m not usually one to care about the overblown offenses created by writers’ silly attempts at wordplay, but that one’s pretty messed up. It seems to invoke a sort of national feeling that Capitol Hill has become the mystified urban streetscape that so many have fled to the suburbs to avoid, but then by being “funny”, tries to pretend that’s not what it’s doing.

    Comment by Kenny B. | February 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. i’m with you on this one, John. I would think the same thing looking at title only and not reading the article.

    Comment by jennasauber | February 5, 2009 | Reply

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