Law/Justice

Local Fox anchor pulled off air for 3 days after using racist ‘jigaboo’ slur during Oscars coverage

An interesting question that no one ever seems to ask is this: How is it that on one hand we are treated to a never ending series of hysterias over someone having said a bad word pertaining to race, gender, homosexuality, or some other inflammatory topic, and yet we continue to have the kind of police state and prison-industrial complex of the kind Michelle Alexander describes in the post adjacent to this one, and with its over the top racial disparities ? The only possible explanation is that as American society has become more liberal, culturally diverse, and socially and political integrated, the actual level of state repression and division between social classes has expanded.

American culture and politics are now more liberal than ever before. Middle class and elite members of traditional outgoups are now reasonably integrated into mainstream society, and even the political class itself. However, as this social and cultural integration has take place, and liberalization has occurred in the cultural realm, the actual level of state repression has exploded, and class divisions are the widest they have been in a century. On one hand a Victorian-like priggishness has developed concerning the expression of illiberal views about traditional outgroups, even casually, inadvertently or in a way that is contextually irrelevant. On the other hand, America’s traditional racial caste system has been resurrected under the cover of the so-called “criminal justice system.”

Unfortunately, the Right looks at this situation and sees only pampered and/or criminal minorities, and the Left sees only “straight white male privilege.”

By David Edwards

Raw Story

Fox 8's Kristi Capel (screen grab)

On Monday, co-anchor anchor Wayne Dawson had been reporting the Oscars when Capel had said that she appreciated Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute because it did not sound like her normal “jigaboo music.”

“It’s hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music — whatever you want to call it — jigaboo!” she said.

“I apologize if I offended you, I had no idea it was a word or what it meant. Thank you for watching,” she wrote.

In a statement on Wednesday, Cleveland 8 said that Capel had been suspended for three days.

“Kristi Capel will not be anchoring ‘Fox 8 News in the Morning’ for the remainder of the week,” the station noted.

However, executives would not confirm if Capel had been formally suspended, or if she was being paid for the remainder of the week.

The Tribune Company, which owns Fox 8 News, has aggressively used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to take down clips of Capel using the “jigaboo” slur after Raw Story included them in reports.

“This incident has prompted thousands of social media comments and emails from across the viewing area and the nation. Unlike many who have commented, co-anchor Wayne Dawson and many of us at Fox 8 have the advantage of knowing Kristi Capel personally and her work in our community,” the station’s statement said on Wednesday. “It is for that reason that we join with the pastors she met with on Tuesday to begin the process of forgiveness and healing.”

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