In Dick Teachie's room, he's still trying to get a straight answer out of everybody about what happened. Andre's saying, "I told you. He called me a nigger." Teachie thinks he means Jordan, since Jordan's white, which is an assumption that is not unrelated to the episode's themes. After all, why is it less offensive if JT does it? JT draws the distinction between "nigger" and "nigga," the latter being equivalent to "brotha," at which point Andre notes that Jordan isn't a "brotha" at all. Which is a weird rebuttal, since it wasn't Jordan who directed the word at Andre in the first place. Anyway, leave it to Talk Time herself to clear things up. She explains the whole story to Dick Teachie, which I won't bother recapping because we. Just. SAW IT. Teachie takes a breath, then declares talk time open for the whole class, pushing the midterm back a day. Everyone applauds. Idiots. Anyway, no sooner has Teachie asked somebody to start when Brooke Harper raises her hand, while also opening her mouth: "I think if Andre understood the context and intent with which Jordan and JT were using the word " But Andre doesn't think that makes it okay. And even though he uses the word, and so do rappers he listens to, that's okay because he's black, and so are said rappers. Jordan finds that double standard racist. Everyone starts talking at once. Dick Teachie settles them down. "Do you guys ever feel that if a word stirs up so much hatred then maybe the word has too much power?" Talk Time suggests not using the word at all, though Teachie points out that this is not, perhaps, entirely realistic. "Another solution might be to take away its power." How? "Well, Brooke mentioned intent, right? Jordan and JT are friends, right? Black guy, white guy, doesn't matter. Both niggas. Like homeboys. Or buddies." But everyone stops listening to him as soon as he says "nigga." Instead, they concentrate on shifting around uncomfortably. Maybe they saw him play the skinhead who shoots Tyra Banks, and makes Adam Goldberg lie on the ground, in Higher Learning. ["On the other hand, maybe they also saw Zebrahead, which would mitigate that somewhat." -- Sars] Andre says, "I don't like when Jordan says it. I don't like when you say it." Teachie asks what if a Harvard Law professor says it, or writes about it, and then he assigns them all to read Randall Kennedy's new book on the subject. Because, I guess, whoever published that book is owned by Fox.
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