WATCH: Barbara Walters' Use Of N-Word Leads To Intense Discussio - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WATCH: Barbara Walters' Use Of N-Word Leads To Intense Discussion On 'The View'

Photo courtesy Huffingtonpost.com Photo courtesy Huffingtonpost.com

>>>CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg had a tense discussion on Monday about the use of the n-word.

The conversation was centered around the controversy surrounding Rick Perry and a hunting camp he owned. The camp's entrance contained a rock with the term "Niggerhead" on it for many years. The Washington Post broke the story of the rock, and presented conflicting narratives about Perry's knowledge of the rock and his efforts to get rid of it.

Goldberg used the n word (which was silenced throughout the conversation) first, while talking about Herman Cain's use of the word during a Sunday interview. It was when Walters used the word, though, that things got awkward. "It's very hard for me to say," she said. "...It gives me chills." Goldberg said it was useless to "pretend" that the word didn't exist. "Let's call it what it said!" she said.

It was here that Shepherd cut in. "When I heard you say it, it was fine," she told Goldberg. Turning to Walters, she continued, "I didn't like the way you said it." In explaining this, Shepherd used the word several more times.

"I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body," she said.

"It's because I'm white?" Walters said. Shepherd acknowledged that it was. "It's something about hearing you say it," she said. "...I don't like it when you use the word...when you say it it's a different connotation."

Goldberg returned to the broader issue about using the word, but Walters wrenched the conversation back. "If i'm reporting on this you mean i can't use the word?" she said. "You can do anything you want!" Shepherd replied. "You're Barbara Walters!"

"I'm sorry, that has nothing to do with it, Sherri," Walters said. "When you say the word I don't like it," Shepherd. "...When white people say it, it brings up feelings in me." Goldberg said she didn't care if Walters used the word, because she was relaying information. Walters appeared offended at Shepherd's opposition.

"We all should care about the same things and the fact that I don't say something exactly the way Whoopi does--"

"You can't take away the way it makes me feel Barbara," Shepherd said. "...But I never knew you felt this way and I find it just amazing," Walters replied.

The panel has had emotional discussions about the N word before -- most notably in 2008, when Elisbaeth Hasselbeck began crying during a conversation with Goldberg about the word.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-06-19 01:09:44 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>
  • 3 people dead after drowning in North Carolina pool

    3 people dead after drowning in North Carolina pool

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-06-19 15:59:32 GMT
    Three people are dead after drowning in a pool early Tuesday morning at a North Carolina apartment complex. Police in Durham responded to the pool at the Chapel Tower Apartments, near Duke University, around 3AM.  Officials say two males and a female were receiving C-P-R, but were pronounced dead as a result of drowning.  Their names and ages have not been released.  Police say a total of four people were swimming at the pool after hours.  Officials are i...>>
    Three people are dead after drowning in a pool early Tuesday morning at a North Carolina apartment complex. Police in Durham responded to the pool at the Chapel Tower Apartments, near Duke University, around 3AM.  Officials say two males and a female were receiving C-P-R, but were pronounced dead as a result of drowning.  Their names and ages have not been released.  Police say a total of four people were swimming at the pool after hours.  Officials are i...>>
  • Spokane employee burglarized at work

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:56:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A Spokane man says he's learned the hard way to always lock his car, even if it’s just for 20 seconds. James Parker says thieves burglarized his company truck in a matter of minutes. Behind an alleyway at Mattress Firm off of Division by NorthTown Mall, Parker says he was in the store delivering inventory while his co-worker was across the way at Subway to get food. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A Spokane man says he's learned the hard way to always lock his car, even if it’s just for 20 seconds. James Parker says thieves burglarized his company truck in a matter of minutes. Behind an alleyway at Mattress Firm off of Division by NorthTown Mall, Parker says he was in the store delivering inventory while his co-worker was across the way at Subway to get food. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/