On her Atlantic Correspondents blog, Wendy Kaminer channels Lenny Bruce and questions both Maloney's apology for repeating the full word and Rev. Al Sharpton's vocal displeasure with her:
...Too bad Lenny Bruce wasn't around to hear her. He used racial and ethnic slurs purposefully, repeatedly, to deprive them of their power. As free speech stalwart Nat Hentoff recalled in a 2000 interview, Bruce "used to come into the Vanguard Stage, and at this time, that was probably the most integrated audience of all kinds, sexual preference, color, religion, no religion. He'd come up and look around and say, "Any kikes here tonight? Any niggers? And spicks?" The place would freeze. What dybbuk got into this guy? Then he'd say, "All right, now, why do you get paralyzed by words? Why don't you try to figure out why those words have that effect?"
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