We’ve heard this before in regards to rappers but this could be our first time hearing a comedian’s joke being used as an excuse for someone to use a racial term. A woman who is actually running for office in Southampton recently was caught on tape saying Ni**er in a 911 call. When asked about why she felt comfortable to use the term she went on to use Eddie Murphy and comedy classic All In the Family as her excuse, Via 27 East.
Valerie Smith, who is white, on Friday confirmed that she made the call, and used the slur, after a recording was obtained by The Press on Friday via a Freedom of Information Law request—and she went on to defend her use of the word, and used it several more times in an interview. The call, made at 6:17 p.m. on August 5, 2016, from her residence on Windward Way, included Ms. Smith reporting that there were “a bunch of niggers” standing in front of her house, drinking “Hennessy.” She asked to have a police officer sent to her street to get them away from her house. A source told The Press about the call made to Village Police, and the recording. A FOIL request was submitted, and a copy of the recording was provided by the village, since it is a public record. Without even hearing the recording on Friday, Ms. Smith, 53, confirmed that she had made the call, and repeatedly used the “n-word” throughout a phone call with a reporter. On Friday, Ms. Smith said her use of the racial slur was no big deal, and she should be entitled to use it whenever she wants. She suggested that comedian Eddie Murphy made a career out of using the word, and added that she grew up hearing it on television in the 1970s show “All in the Family.” “Now, all of a sudden, I can’t use it?” Ms. Smith said in a phone interview on Friday. “Sorry—I live in a black neighborhood. I came here and didn’t see color.”
Interesting enough, Eddie Murphy had his own moment with someone non-black using N*gger right in front of him when he visited The Dick Caveat Show in 1986.