Friday, June 17, 2005

Nader Says He's A N-Word

"What's up, my niggah"
Originally uploaded by wonderbread74.
Speaking on Wednesday night, former presidential candidate and consumer activist, Ralph Nader, shocked a party he was hosting to retire debt from his fateful run for the White House by equating his alleged inability to be allowed on several southern states' ballot with Jim Crow laws in the 50s and 60s.

"I felt like a [n-word]," remarked the 70-year-old white multimillionaire graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Washington gadfly Evan Gahr reported Nader's comments on his Web site.

"If Ed Koch had said what Ralph Nader said, we'd be marching," Sharpton noted. "This [scolding] doesn't rise to the level of a march. It rises to the level of a wrist slap."

Yesterday, Nader told me he was using the word in the same spirit as the Black Panthers of the 1960s - "as a word of defiance."

But Sharpton retorted: "He's not a Black Panther."

The peculiar aspect of Nader's unfortunate comments is that he's of Lebanese decent, meaning a person could ignorantly call him an A-rab or possibly a sand [n-word]