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Why isn’t Hunter Biden being condemned for unacceptable use of the N-word?

The N-word is the most atrocious word in any language. Historically, it was the last word many heard before they were lynched or jumped off slave ships. It was the last word women on plantations heard before they were beaten and raped by their slave masters. It was the last word husbands and children heard before they watched slave masters snatch up their wives and mothers for the masters’ diabolical pleasures. 

The N-word was likely the last word heard by Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American from Chicago who was accused of whistling at a white woman before he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two white men in Mississippi. 

This most heinous word has been a favorite of white supremacists, members of the KKK, slave owners, and racists in general. It may shock you to learn that it is also a favorite word of Hunter Biden, the son of the president of the United States. 

You may not have seen this bombshell story over the past few days because most of the mainstream media has refused to cover it. Text messages revealed that, in a December 2018 conversation with his white, $845-per-hour lawyer, George Mesires, Hunter used the N-word multiple times. At one point, Hunter asked Mesires: “How much money do I owe you. Becaause (sic) n***a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.”

The damning texts emerged just days after his father, President Joe Biden, gave a speech decrying racism on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre. A Democrat, Biden has sought to portray racial justice as a top priority for his administration, and in the past, he has called Hunter “the smartest guy I know.” 

As an African American, I don’t just take issue with this; I am repulsed by it. Why? Racism knows no party. Indeed, both parties are guilty of racism. But I must admit, when Republicans encounter someone who has said or done something racist, that person is usually punished and often expelled from the party — or, at the very least, there’s an attempt to strip them of power. 

This has happened many times. Former Rep. Steve King, for example, was stripped of his committee assignments by House Republican leadership in Congress after it was reported that King said in an interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” 

Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, was confused as to whether he dressed up as a Klansman or wore black face as a younger man. And although Democrats condemned him, the Virginia Legislature didn’t try to force him out of office. None of his powers were usurped. 

Here, the black community would do well to look to their Jewish brethren, who are an example of a historically oppressed group that has achieved great success and political relevance. If a person in politics were to use the K-word, which in their culture is equivalent to the N-word, many in the Jewish community would be up in arms, denouncing the individual who used that language — no matter what their party. And they would push politicians to be vocal in condemning use of that word — or any kind of anti-Semitism. 

Look no further than Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who recently compared Israel to a terrorist organization. Leaders of her own party came down on her hard, uniting together and denouncing her words and forcing her to clarify her statement. Jews often vote for Democrats, but they have drawn a line in the sand on what’s acceptable and what’s not. Blacks need to do the same. 

The media endlessly reported that President Trump used the N-word without evidence, while ignoring Hunter Biden's proven use of it. Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam (center) and former GOP Rep. Steve King (right) were caught up in their own racial scandals — with very different outcomes.
The media endlessly reported that President Trump used the N-word without evidence, while ignoring Hunter Biden’s proven use of it. Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam (center) and former GOP Rep. Steve King (right) were caught up in their own racial scandals — with very different outcomes.
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I firmly believe the N-word shouldn’t be safe for anyone to use, including black people. I discussed this in an episode of my podcast, “Outloud with Gianno Caldwell,” with John Schnatter, the billionaire founder of Papa John’s Pizza, on his alleged use of the N-word. No one should utter the N-word — not rappers, not athletes, not cultural figures. 

During his presidency, the media endlessly reported rumors that Donald Trump used the N-word while filming his hit TV show “The Apprentice” even though no proof of these comments existed. Meanwhile, the text messages from Hunter Biden are clear as day and have received little to no press coverage — media malpractice at its height. 

Furthermore, the refusal of the media and Democrats to get outraged and condemn Hunter, who so casually uses the language of a white supremacist, suggests to the public that white supremacy is acceptable so long as the person in question belongs to a certain political party. 

Racism should be condemned no matter where it comes from or the individual who espouses it. Humanity should always supersede party affiliations. 

Gianno Caldwell is a Fox News Political Analyst and the author of “Taken for Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed” (Crown Forum), out now

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