Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Fucking Nigger

by lizard

Seemingly out of no where, CNN dropped an obscenity twofer that has sparked some interesting discussion about the notorious racial epithet commonly referred to as the “N-word”. Here’s the offending clip:

Two prominent media figures—Whoopi Goldberg and Don Lemon—have advocated for a complete utterance of the derogatory word, when appropriate:

Lemon said, “I hate saying ‘the n-word.’ I think it takes the value out of what that word really means. Especially when we’re reporting it. And I don’t care what color the reporter is. I think someone should say, that person called someone ‘nigger,’ instead of saying ‘the n-word,’ because I think it sanitizes it.” Lemon added that he hates the use of the word in music and when it’s used for misogynistic purposes. “What I’m saying is in the reporting of a story, you should say the word,” he said.

Goldberg echoed Lemon’s sentiments on Tuesday’s “View.” Goldberg said that using the term “n-word” makes the word sound “cute.” Goldberg also said that she feels very strongly about the word. “Do not eliminate it,” she said. “It’s part of our history.” Co-host Barbara Walters, who has clashed with her “View” colleagues over the word in the past, agreed with Goldberg’s response. “If I were quoting somebody else, and it’s intrinsic to what the person was saying, then you have to be able to say it,” Walters said. “That’s what reporters are supposed to do,” Goldberg said.

Does the abbreviated version really “sanitize” the word? I don’t know. The whole topic of use is a minefield.

But there it is, brazenly in the title of this post, and after just a few more words, I’m going to use that abhorrent word in a poem, along with other offensive words.

Full disclosure: I’ve been sitting on this poem for a few weeks now, and though I’ve vetted it with a few trusted confidants, who liked it (but told me not to post it), I feel compelled to ignore their good advice, and post it anyway.

I’m sorry ahead of time if this offends anyone, because that is not my intention. That said…

*

OBSCENITY

nigger, faggot, asshole
sluts with cunts that feed
on cock and ball propulsion
spitting spurts of seed

obscenity is everywhere
I mean holy fucking shit
some psycho mother fuckers
simply refuse to quit

they revel in their power
and some, they get new hearts
these psycho mother fuckers
really tear shit apart

meanwhile, the angry rabble
go blindly for the throat
hatred loves division
and by those lines, we’re toast

but niggers aren’t just black folk
and cunts aren’t only chicks
and cock is just a hard rock word
for penis, schlong, or dick

the real mother fuckers
the ones who feed on war
spill their death in poison waves
that wash upon the shore

our atmosphere is awful
and the state of hate is strong
please don’t read this poem aloud
and kids, don’t sing along

—William Skink


  1. mahmet7

    Why now CNN? Many more important truths will never be examined. Is this just the first volley? Where the election is headed anyway?

    • lizard19

      why now is an important question. I’m sure corporate media would have no interest in stoking racial tensions (snark).

      maybe CNN is just trying to create a little controversy to drive viewership.

  2. Carpet Bomber

    Lenny Bruce is so retro.

    — Max Bucks

    • lizard19

      it’s all been done before, maybe.

      but there is beauty in variation.

      a human should be able to understand that.

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