Yes, The Wire is one of the best pieces of entertainment ever created. It’s also a fact that it was created by a white man. But even producing a highly entertaining crime drama doesn’t give someone a pass to casually throw the n-word around. Unfortunately, David Simon thought so.
This week, Simon tweeted in response to the idea of Sean Hannity hosting a speech where Donald Trump will try to appeal to black voters.
“Hannity my n—a!” Simon tweeted. “If they couldn’t get a Ta-Nehisi or Deray to host, then who but you on the pulse of black America.”
As expected, the conversation quickly shifted from Hannity’s involvement to Simon’s use of the word. Especially after he tried to justify his use of it.
@AoDespair I'm sorry, are you a white man explaining what is and isn't racist? Who made you arbiter?
— Caitlin (@MeanDanceFightr) September 20, 2016
@AoDespair Hello, fellow white person! I see you are using racially loaded in-group vernacular! Might I suggest rethinking this idea?
— Studious Butt (@Sedna_51) September 20, 2016
— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) September 20, 2016
Is @AoDespair also referring to the numerous Black folks he upset with this tweet as "hall monitors?"
— Elon James White (@elonjames) September 20, 2016
Just let this be a reminder to allies everywhere, there’s always a line that shouldn’t be crossed.
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