4 May 2016
American comedian and political commentator, Larry Wilmore, sparked heated debates in the US and across the world when he referred to President Barack Obama as “my nigga” in his speech at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner.
In a racially charged speech where he referred to the Dinner as “Negro Night”, the African American comedian also called Ben Carson a “jigaboo”, another offensive slur steeped in racism.
Wilmore said: “When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team—and now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world. Words alone do me no justice. So, Mr. President, if i’m going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry, you did it, my nigga. You did it.”
A lot of people disagree with the use of such an offensive term especially for someone as highly placed as the President but some believe that the N-word has been reclaimed by American black people and is now a term of endearment, though it is obvious that the word is mostly used in a pejorative manner even between African Americans.
This will be Obama’s last WH Correspondents dinner as President.