In a shocking, on-air moment that occurred on January 17, 2013, Fox 5’s DC correspondent, Holly Morris, was discussing the upcoming presidential inauguration and the extravagance of The Willard InterContinental Hotel when she looked straight into the camera and said: “It’s been a key n*gger…inaugural spot for over 150 years.”
Now before conservative whites accuse me of being a race hustler for even talking about Morris’ statement, let me say that my first response on hearing Morris say an “N-word inauguration” was a chuckle. There is definitely an element of humor involved when you hear an articulate news reporter make that kind of gaffe on the air with something as controversial as the N-word.
But all gaffes aside, Morris needs to apologize for her faux pas, and Fox News should insist that she apologize and then consider some sort of reprimand. If Morris refuses to address it or refuses to apologize, then she should be shown the door. Trust me, people have had to apologize for a lot less.
Based on this “N-word inauguration” that is going to be held for President Obama, the question that people like me have is: what was Morris thinking and who was she directing the N-word to? Was she directing it at her fellow African-American anchor people, or was she directing it at President Obama? Because one way or another, the N-word was on her mind on some Freudian level.
So how many of you would like to attend the “N-word inauguration?” There’s a nice, shiny nickel in it for whoever can pick out the most important N-word at the ceremony. After all, since this president is identified as the black president, there will probably be a lot more N-words on display than usual. Maybe that’s what Morris was attempting to bestow on the audience just in case any of them were thinking about going to this “N-word inauguration.”
There is a long-standing belief in the black community that white America will never hesitate to let black people know exactly what they think about them. Sometimes it’s implied and sometimes it just slips right out into the open for the world to see.
Usually, when something like this happens, the traditional insensitivity of white-male-dominated society is to, first, rise up and decree that blacks should stop making such a big deal about racial issues and just get over it. The second is to shuck the responsibility of dealing with race via the argument that whenever African-Americans speak out about racial issues or demand accountability for racial issues, they are the ones who are being racist.
This is precisely why people like Holly Morris should not be allowed to skate away scot-free from the recklessness of her journalistic bungle, whether it was accidental or deliberate. It doesn’t make me a racist for demanding that Morris address this issue in an apologetic manner, but it does make Joe Six-Pack a racist for expecting me not to!
As expected, the actual video footage of Morris’ blunder went immediately to YouTube and has quickly gained over 30,000 views and counting in a society where appealing to the lowest denominator almost guarantees any fool 15 minutes of fame or infamy. All of our high-tech gadgets record and upload every moment, which leaves very few unturned stones for one to hide their ignorance beneath. Morris just found that out the hard way.
Here’s the video: