Journalist’s Gorilla Comparison Should Have Resulted in Termination

A year or so ago, I had a White colleague in the media industry who did not know that calling a Black person a gorilla, monkey, ape or anything similar constituted a racial slur.

We got into a debate on the radio about comedienne Roseanne Barr comparing former President Barack Obama Cabinet member Valerie Jarrett to the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

My colleague honestly did not know that Black people considered that a racial slur as he tried to make false equivalences out of White people like former President George W. Bush getting called a monkey or something of that sort.

I am a good judge of character too, so I know when someone is being sincere and solid as opposed to fake and phony.

To his defense, he did not know what he did not know and I had to educate him on air as to why I would rather a White person call me the N-word, than call me a monkey or a gorilla.

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