Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Doh? Shaun Munsey tackles Clarkson’s latest slip up

Can anybody tell the difference between these two cars without being incredibly racist? Clarkson thinks not.

Can anybody tell the difference between these two cars without being incredibly racist? Clarkson thinks not.

Shaun Munsey, self proclaimed socialist, libertarian and member of the Green Party tackles Clarkson’s latest slip up. He rarely agrees with anything anyone says, but will defend to the death their right to say it.

Words by them self are so rarely offensive. Without motive or intent they are ink on a page, a collection of grunts and wheezes that incredibly come together to form meaningful sentences. In the right hands they can save lives, bring peace between enemies. In the wrong hands they can be powerful weapons against humanity. One word in particular carries heavy responsibility, a word even the most die-hard libertarians hesitate to defend: ‘n****r’.

A racial slur descended from Latin, its earliest recorded uses date as far back as the 17th century. To an entire race of human beings mercilessly taken from their homes and enslaved for generations this word became an identity forced upon them, to the monsters that enslaved them it was a powerful form of oppression. The consequences of such ruthless prejudice still resonates strongly more than 400 years later.

Slavery played such a large part in our culture at the time that alongside the Black Death and many other dark remnants of our lineage, found its way into a children’s rhyme that’s still naively echoed by kids today in playgrounds and sports fields across the United Kingdom. It starts with “Eeny, meeny, miney, mo”.

It’s a rhyme TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is all too familiar with, now flailing helplessly against a tidal wave of scathing criticism after allegedly using the full, uncut version of the familiar rhyme. At the peak of his career, he has carelessly launched his cumbersome 6’5” frame head-first, wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place after he foolishly decided to use the rhyme during another one of his man-child routines in the popular TV show Top Gear.

For those of you who haven’t seen it he used the rhyme to demonstrate how to choose between the almost identical Toyota BRZ and the Suberu GT86 sports coupés. For obvious reasons the rhyme was modified, early takes included an awkward attempt at censorship, mumbling out the offensive word and eventually replacing it with the word ‘teacher’. He even wrote a note to the producers to make sure they didn’t use those takes because he feared it sounded too much like the word he was trying to avoid. The unused takes were then curiously buried away in the crypts of the BBC archives, only to be exhumed two years later by that well-known flag bearer of journalistic integrity: The Mirror.

Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist. Quoting his colleague James May, he is a “monumental bellend” for his actions, but 15 seconds of a clumsy attempt at censoring a children’s rhyme does not the career-ruining title of racist make.  Instead he’s a scapegoat, a victim of an unforgiving attempt to hide the shame of a shamefully conservative, stubbornly amnesic society that consistently fails to come to terms with its heritage. For we know that rhyme, we created it along with our ‘proud’ empire which in all its warmongering, thieving, genocidal glory, gave birth to that most diabolical word.