10 examples of when it’s still OK for a white person to use the “N” word

James Delingpole explores the outrage over Jeremy Clarkson reciting a child’s rhyme that contained the dreaded ‘N-word’…because apparently we can’t be grown up enough to use the word nigger to describe what it is that Jeremey Clarkson actually said with offending people who are easily offended.

He has found 10 examples of the use of the word by white people that?doesn’t mean that you are a car carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan or that mob of black shirt wearing pansies who in Christchurch.

1. In a quiz, when they’re asked the name of Guy Gibson’s dog in The Dambusters – or, indeed, X 3, the code phrase used by the Lancaster pilots to signal that the dams had been successfully breached.

2. When you’re quoting the name of an Agatha Christie thriller.

3. If someone asks you what NWA stands for.

4. It’s your Latin class and you’re saying the word for “black”.

5. You’re starring as a nasty white person in a liberal-guilt-porn movie such as Twelve Years A Guardian Reader and you are required to make your character more realistic and unpleasant.

6. You’re recalling a great Clint Eastwood scene from Escape From Alcatraz.

7. You’re talking about the?funniest moment in the entire history of South Park, when Randy appears on Wheel Of Fortune and the clue is “People who annoy you” – and the word is “N-GGERS”

8. You have become so immersed in rap culture that you think you are black and start referring affectionately even to your white friends as “Homes”, “bro”, “blud”, or “mah niggah”.

9. You are an outspoken controversialist who loathes the stultifying effects of political correctness and wants to test its boundaries.

10. You are in a kitchen with friends, discussing the Jeremy Clarkson “N-word” “scandal”, trying to remember exactly what decade it was that the “N-word” in Eeny Meeny Minie Mo went off-limits.

He adds;

Now suppose in that last instant there had been someone with a tape recorder present. And suppose they had tried to present this in a left-wing newspaper like the Guardian or the Mirror as shocking evidence of a hated, right-leaning commentator’s evident racist tendencies: the irreverence in his voice; the fact that there were children present during the discussion; the evident nostalgia for a past where the language police weren’t out to get you for every vaguely distasteful phrase you may have used…

Even as a recently as decade ago, I would suggest, such a thing would have been unthinkable. As unthinkable as the possibility that a team from the Sunday Mirror would have been able to get hold of some outtakes from an old recording of Top Gear, in which maybe or maybe not the presenter recites the Eeny Meeny Miny Mo rhyme cheekily using the now verboten word from his childhood, and turn it into a story so scandalous that it threatened the ruination of the presenter’s career.

Why would it have been unthinkable? Because even after a decade of Tony Blair people still had a sense of perspective. It would have been perfectly well understood that Jeremy Clarkson is an outspoken, cheeky, politically incorrect presenter who likes to push things to the edge; that the harmfulness of the “N-word” is dependent on context; that using it does not automatically make you a ‘racist’ (whatever that word means); that anyway, the offending incident wasn’t even broadcast, so what business is it of the Sunday Mirror to be intruding on a private moment; that all these bien-pensants now calling for Clarkson’s head – among them the noisome Piers Morgan – are doing so less out of affronted righteousness than simple resentment and jealousy at Clarkson’s salary and popularity.

The same sort of resentment and jealousy that saw similar outrage against Paul Henry.

Social mores change and that’s fine, up to point. But the purpose of changing social mores in a civilised society ought surely to be to create a world in which everyone feels happier, more comfortable and at ease, not one in which in order to correct an injustice perpetrated in the past against one persecuted minority a new fashionable hate group is created and singled out and deemed fair game for bullying, vindictive injustice.

There is nothing healthy or fair about this attack on Clarkson. In fact it is downright sinister and Stasi-like. The fact that hardly anyone is coming forward to say this – with such?notable, brave exceptions as Michael Gove?-? is more worrying still. If freedom of speech is now impermissible even in private, then we are well on the way towards tyranny.

You can witness this tyranny any day of the weeks simply by writing about climate change and take any position other than the ‘approved’ version. Then you cop abuse from people on Twitter, abusive comments and the usual left wing control freaks who think you should be ostracized for daring ti think differently to them, in fact they’d prefer you were silenced altogether.