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The Power of A Word

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I waited until today to speak about the double standard. Alison Morris NBC News decided to use the N-WORD to describe former star, Laker Kobe Bryant who died tragically.  As a reporter, she has a responsibility, to tell the truth, and be honest even though she wrote on Twitter:

 
 
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Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I, unfortunately, stuttered on-air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say “Nakers.” Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.

 At this point it is hurtful. It seems as though some people are making an excuse as though the audience can not hear the words. Rachael Wolchin said, “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone for a lifetime.”

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The power the n-word is real.  Words have the ability to make someone laugh, cry, smile; it could lift someone up. The power of a word allows us to communicate based on tone and words( in some cases, emoji's). The power of the n-word is something real you may not be able to relate to the word. However, it hurts people's feelings; it may leave no physical mark, but the mental toll is something that can cause pain and trauma.

 

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I listened to the recording and I heard "nakers". On the day that the helicopter crashed, I was listening to the Pro Bowl and they had several updates by reporters who sounded shaken. I give Morris the benefit of the doubt. 

I am not saying the n-word isn't hateful or hurtful. I can't change the way another person feels, I can only report what I think and feel. 

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3 hours ago, nursej22 said:

I listened to the recording and I heard "nakers". On the day that the helicopter crashed, I was listening to the Pro Bowl and they had several updates by reporters who sounded shaken. I give Morris the benefit of the doubt. 

I am not saying the n-word isn't hateful or hurtful. I can't change the way another person feels, I can only report what I think and feel. 

Well, it is not okay to ever use the n-word.

Please start at 7:37

 

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1 hour ago, luv2 said:

Well, it is not okay to ever use the n-word.

Please start at 7:37

 

I never said it was okay to say that word. I said I didn't hear that word and I believe Morris. I don't need Wendy Williams to explain what I heard. 

I am probably racist. I am white, I grew up in a nearly all white community, and I have had advantages because of the complexion of my skin.  I don't need a daytime talk show host to interpret what a distraught reporter said or meant. 

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5 hours ago, nursej22 said:

I listened to the recording and I heard "nakers". On the day that the helicopter crashed, I was listening to the Pro Bowl and they had several updates by reporters who sounded shaken. I give Morris the benefit of the doubt. 

I am not saying the n-word isn't hateful or hurtful. I can't change the way another person feels, I can only report what I think and feel. 

I agree completely.  This is a non issue, IMV.

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I agree with nursej22 that it is better to give the benefit of the doubt than to accuse someone wrongly. 

Although most of our family are not white we never lived in a Black neighborhood or a ghetto. In Oklahoma we lived in the country. When we first came to California we lived in predominately White neighborhoods because our White Dad, a teacher, chose a place with good schools. 

Grandma taught us to always give the benefit of the doubt. If we had decided to blame each kid who seemed unfriendly or teased us I know I would have missed friendships that continue to today. 

With violent hate groups and individuals I cringe when good honest people assume racism wrongly or lose the opportunity to help a person learn better through kindness. 

Jumping to conclusions is not helpful. (In my opinion) 

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

 

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29 minutes ago, Fran L. LeMay said:

So true, Herring. this is why I like you so much🤗

I like you too Fran. I consider you a friend, although we only know each other from ALLNURSES.COM.

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On 1/29/2020 at 8:16 PM, nursej22 said:

I listened to the recording and I heard "nakers". On the day that the helicopter crashed, I was listening to the Pro Bowl and they had several updates by reporters who sounded shaken. I give Morris the benefit of the doubt. 

I am not saying the n-word isn't hateful or hurtful. I can't change the way another person feels, I can only report what I think and feel. 

Well, I heard it clearly it was the n-word. When I wrote the power of the word was meant for people to have empathy. 

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On 1/30/2020 at 12:31 PM, herring_RN said:

I agree with nursej22 that it is better to give the benefit of the doubt than to accuse someone wrongly. 

Although most of our family are not white we never lived in a Black neighborhood or a ghetto. In Oklahoma we lived in the country. When we first came to California we lived in predominately White neighborhoods because our White Dad, a teacher, chose a place with good schools. 

Grandma taught us to always give the benefit of the doubt. If we had decided to blame each kid who seemed unfriendly or teased us I know I would have missed friendships that continue to today. 

With violent hate groups and individuals I cringe when good honest people assume racism wrongly or lose the opportunity to help a person learn better through kindness. 

Jumping to conclusions is not helpful. (In my opinion) 

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

 

I am sorry you assume I jumped to the conclusion, but the power of a word must be emphasized. Someone said something offensive, you should have the empathy to state it was wrong.

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On 1/30/2020 at 12:49 AM, nursej22 said:

I never said it was okay to say that word. I said I didn't hear that word and I believe Morris. I don't need Wendy Williams to explain what I heard. 

I am probably racist. I am white, I grew up in a nearly all white community, and I have had advantages because of the complexion of my skin.  I don't need a daytime talk show host to interpret what a distraught reporter said or meant. 

Multiple people now heard and said it was wrong. There can not be a double standard since  Alison Morris is an MSNBC reporter; if it was a FOX reporter people would be protesting and screaming racism. ....I get it now as long an Alison Morris an MSNBC reporter states it is okay since they have "no history racism".  I will make sure I let everyone know this factoid. 

I have nothing against the networks I have something against using the n-word.

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