Monday, July 20, 2009


The Freeman published an article from the AP bringing an issue to light about what you can and cant repeat when quoting another source.

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney had to apologize for repeating a racial slur when she quoted another person during an interview. This time it was the 'N' word.

The AP article offered: "I apologize for having repeated a word I find disgusting," Maloney said. "It's no excuse, but I was so caught up in relaying the story exactly as it was told to me that, in doing so, I repeated a word that should never be repeated."

Maloney is is expected to be the primary challenger of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Also from the AP: Maloney says she got a call from someone who used the slur in accusing Gillibrand of backing English-only public education.

So this could be simply a good learning experience for all of us. You don't repeat a number of words when recalling a past conversation. It just doesn't get past the bad taste that comes with the use. Its still offensive in every context. I recall a former Alderman used the 'C' word a while back. But we got past that, didn't we?

Maloney will learn from this as so many of us have learned from our own mistakes. As far as the english-only public education issue, there is plenty of rhetoric on both sides of that issue and should be dealt with without using racial slurs and foul language.

Gillibrand is just as open to helping elevate the education of all legal immigrants who come into this country. Immigrants are the foundation of this country and I think we all know that a good education helps to build a stronger America.

Question is, what was Carolyn Maloney thinking?


Anonymous said...

Maloney should never have been elected in the 1st place,
she is just a grandstanding opportunist & cant carry Gillibrand's jock.
she is a travesty in gov't.

Anonymous said...

The thinness of our national skin is just getting embarrassing. Ms. Maloney simply used the word to accurately quote what someone else had uttered. I agree that the word is ugly and offensive. If it is used in a way meant to demean or offend then I would agree with Ms. Maloney being taken to task, but that does not seem to be the case here.

Anonymous said...

The question has to be directed RIGHT BACK AT YOU!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Teaching students in a bilingual program ensures a permanent underclass - creating factory workers for factories that no longer exist! Why would anyone support that? ESL programs give access to success in the broader society - it's the "on-ramp" to the highway of American life.

In my opinion, the English Only movement deserves no attention in this debate - it was created by racist, discriminatory half-wits who are most likely a very small percentage of our US population.

Our federal government should be supporting the mainstreaming of our immigrant students with mandatory ESL and English immersion programs. Dooming students to a life of second-class status is simply un-American.

Mike Madsen said...

3:06 - Regarding the last question poised in my post......What was she/I thinking? Is precisely why I put that there. Thanks for picking it up and throwing it back.

We all make mistakes is the point of the article.

Funny, the Freeman went and printed a direct quote in today's paper regarding the Ice Cream Caper which included the same word. I am not a fan of hiding behind a "direct quote" when repeating or printing something. And you'll notice I am NOT calling for the ouster of Maloney as a Congresswoman over it.

Anonymous said...

Obviously Maloney's base is so stupid they'd fall for a sleazy trick of marrying the english only movement to education! The problem with that is her base actually supports making translation illegal in places like hospitals and courtrooms. One of my family members got shot by that lunatic too, but I didn't make a political career out of it.