After the excursion ended, according to multiple parents of students on the trip who spoke with The Daily Beast along with documents shared with the Times and reviewed by the Beast, many participants relayed a series of troubling accusations to the paper: McNeil repeatedly made racist and sexist remarks throughout the trip including, according to two complaints, using the “n-word.”
Hmm, what did he say?
“I would change the journalist. He was a racist,” a third person wrote. “He used the ‘N’ word, said horrible things about black teenagers, and said white supremacy doesn’t exist.”
“He wasn’t respectful during some of the traditional ceremonies we attended with indigenous healers/shamans,” yet another wrote.
We found he had used bad judgment by repeating a racist slur in the context of a conversation about racist language.
So, to say that “White folks can’t use the word nigger but black folks can because it’s a reclamation of the slur” is in itself racist because it’s a white folk using the world that a white folk cannot use. In fact, by using the word in that sense and context here I have just been racist.
At which point we really do need to proffer that Anglo Saxon Wave a little more, don’t we?