And here's some more reliable confirmation:NEWS BUSTERSWhoopi Goldberg: Blacks and Whites Live in Different Worlds
Jesse Jackson reportedly also used N-word in off-air gaffe
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* Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during commercial break, Fox says
* N-word uttered in reference to black people during an off-air moment last week
* Jackson apologized last week for making other distasteful remarks about Obama
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a TV interview where he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.
By Justin McCarthy
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July 17, 2008 - 15:42 ET
Do not say black and white Americans live in the same world or you will feel the wrath of Whoopi Goldberg. That is what Elisabeth Hasselbeck discovered on the July 17 edition of "The View." Upon suggesting that, Whoopi reduced Elisabeth to tears.On the news of Jesse Jackson’s use of the "n" word,
the conversation quickly developed into the double standard involved between a white and black person’s use of the word. Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg admitted there is a double standard, but added there should be. Sherri Shepherd said she uses the word "as a term of endearment," but said to Barbara Walters "I don’t want to hear it coming out of your mouth."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, puzzled by the obvious double standard, questioned how she can explain to her young daughter why she is not allowed to use that word, but other kids are, when she noted "we live in the same world," Whoopi went off on a tangent that blacks and whites do not live in the same world. Whoopi, who also dismissed Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s concerns as "very white," added Elisabeth just does not "understand."
GOLDBERG: We do live in different worlds. I’m sorry. I’m sorry it’s the way it is Elisabeth. This is the way it is. This is how I grew up. My mother could not go and vote in the United States of America, the place of her birth. We, go- wait, wait.
WALTERS: And don’t we want that to change?
GOLDBERG: Yes, we would like to. But you don’t understand
HASSELBECK: I’m not going to take that away from no.
GOLDBERG: No, no, I, I want you to. But what I need you to understand is the frustration that goes along when you say we live in the same world. It isn’t balanced. And we would like it to be. But you have to understand, you have to listen to the fact that we’re telling you, there are issues, there are huge problems that still affect us. And you’ve got to know this if you want to know us.
Elisabeth started to cry and asked "how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?"Barbara Walters used the opportunity to promote Obama’s candidacy opining "Barack Obama and others...are trying to move forward."
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I don’t know whether you’ve been watching television last night or this morning, but new footage was leaked that apparently shows Jesse Jackson using the "n" word. Fox News says the tape was leaked. They didn’t have anything to do with it. So I ask you, is any of this a surprise?
SHERRI SHEPHERD: Well, you know, what, what I think the hypocrisy is coming out because Jesse is the main, he was the main proponent of, of saying, you know, he didn’t want the rappers using it and take it out. And I thought, and we were talking about it, I thought it had been a funeral or something where they– I don’t know if Jesse came to the funeral– where they buried the "n" word.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK: Did that come after Michael Richards, when after his rage, using the "n" word? He called for a boycott of all the "Seinfeld" DVD’s and episodes telling people to take of their DVR and-
SHEPHERD: Was that Al Sharpton?
HASSELBECK: Jesse was part of that as well.
JOY BEHAR: He wasn’t talking about using the word privately. He was talking about using it publicly.
HASSELBECK: Did you ever see "Crash"? Did you guys see "Crash" the movie? See I don’t think there’s an ounce of difference, and sometimes I think it’s almost worse to talk- use it privately than publicly.
SHEPHERD: No, no, it’s not true, no.
HASSELBECK: Well, I’m saying, are they equally as bad if I say it to someone in, in the privacy of my household? That’s still bad. It’s not a word that should be used. I think it’s, it’s-
SHEPHERD: Don’t tell me I can’t use that word. Because I use it.
BARBARA WALTERS: Okay, there’s something I want to add.
HASSELBECK: But how is it- you’re telling me I can’t use it, but you can use it.
SHEPHERD: It’s not the same when I use it-
WALTERS: That’s what I want to ask you.
HASSELBECK: Is it when you’re funny or you’re not funny all the time-
SHEPHERD: There’s no difference from being funny.
WALTERS: Just a second.
HASSELBECK: I don’t understand.
WALTERS: Could I just ask a question?
HASSELBECK: I would never use it to begin with, but yes.
GOLDBERG: Then why are you arguing?
HASSELBECK: I’m saying why is it for anyone to say it?
WALTERS: Elisabeth could I just ask a question?
WALTERS: Is it-- and what you’re saying– is it okay for black comics primarily, like yourself when you do an act and so forth, is it okay then to use as it is still done and not okay for white people? Is that the case?
SHEPHERD: Yeah I, I have no problem with them using it. It’s something that means something way different to me than it does to you. I grew up with my family using it. It– for me, I can use it as a term of endearment.
WALTERS: But if I used it...
SHEPHERD: I don’t want to hear it come out of your mouth.
HASSELBECK: I just think, here’s the like, how do you, okay, so wait a minute, let’s think about this. This is how I think things can be simplified sometimes. How do you teach children, okay? We should be acting. We’re trying to teach our kids certain things in this world, no? So then are we, are we acting out on what we’re actually preaching them? Am I supposed to tell Grace, "Grace okay, here is [sic] some words you can use, here is [sic] some words you can not." And then but you’re friend over there can use it because-
GOLDBERG: Can I simplify it for you? The little kid is not going to walk up to Grace and say "[bleeped out]" It’s not going to happen. [laughter]
The entire transcript:http://newsbusters.org/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/07/17/whoopi-goldberg-blacks-whites-live-different-worlds