Speaking Wednesday night at a Washington fund-raiser to retire the debt from his 2004 presidential campaign, Nader complained that Democratic Party powerbrokers had kept him off the ballot in such Southern states as Georgia and Virginia - which reminded him of the oppressive Jim Crow laws that denied African-Americans equal rights.
"I felt like a [n-word]," remarked the 70-year-old white multimillionaire graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
I'm shocked, shocked and outraged! Ralph Nader is a filthy racist!
Oh wait, I guess not.
"Nader is not a racist by any stretch of the imagination," Sharpton told me yesterday. "He has a good track record. But he ought to be sensitive that he does not sanitize that word."
Sanitize the word?? Perhaps black people using the word in every sentence are sanitizing the word? Perhaps every song on MTV and top hits radio that shouts the word fifty times a minute is sanitizing the word.
I swear, I listened to a black comic (Ronnie Jordan) on Puff Daddy's new comedy show, it was absurd. Every word. This is verbatim: "Niggas be mean, niggas." So he was using it to describe black people, AND to address the audience! It was crazy-talk! Literally, every joke opened that way. "Niggas be lazy, niggas" "Nigagas be broke, niggas" "nigga, you ever try to get a ride from a nigga, niggas?" I am dead serious, I recorded some of it because it was so insane. Talk about sanitizing the word!
It's nice to see Al Sharpton sticking up for Ralph Nader's comment. Think he does the same for a GOPer? I'm sure he would. Remember when he stuck up for Rush Limbaugh when Rush said the media treats McNabb better because he is black? No? Me neither.