This column contains language that many people will find deeply
offensive. Many, but not enough.]
Just so we’re clear: The word is “Nigger.”
That’s the word that was launched last weekend at fellow human beings -- and, incidentally, members of the United States Congress -- as the voting neared on reforming the nation’s health-care system.
The same word that’s been shouted, whispered, hissed and hurled for generations -- a word that dehumanizes and intimidates. A word that’s intended to dehumanize and intimidate. A word as vile, as hate-filled, as any the English language has excreted over the many centuries.
And still, somehow, alive and well in ours.