The media’s use of a racial slur in the wake of the Charleston church shooting is making it even more uncomfortable for many Americans, and some are asking why we should continue to rely on it.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked this week if the media has a “moral obligation” to report on racial and ethnic profiling in America.
“I think it’s a moral obligation,” Kelly said.
“I mean, there are some things that you have to report that are outrageous.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re going to use it, because people are going to have a reaction to it.
And that’s a good thing.”
While Kelly and others may have a right to criticize the media, it is not clear what exactly constitutes outrageous.
Some critics argue that using the word racial is insensitive and racist.
Others have suggested that the word has a negative connotation and it is problematic for the country.
Kelly noted that the term has been used before, but it’s not clear how it came to be.
She added that she does not think it has become more acceptable, and that it could just as easily be “used by some people as a racist term.”
“It’s a word, and I think it just has a history of being used by some of the most reprehensible people in this country,” Kelly concluded.