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Larry Wilmore Clears Up Use Of The N-Word For Confused White People

There's a HUGE difference between -er and -a.

Larry Wilmore wants to correct to those who thought he called President Barack Obama "n****r" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.

 A lot of people, both black and white, disagreed with Wilmore using the word to describe the president, including Piers Morgan. On Monday's episode of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," the host gave Morgan, and anyone other critic who misconstrued his intention, a quick lesson on usage, context and reclamation. 

Morgan who, as a white man, wrote a lengthy think piece on why black people shouldn't use the n-word. He wrote two, in fact. In Morgan's most recent piece, which was his finger-wagging response on why Wilmore shouldn't have said "n****r," he said Wilmore's "stunt" was demeaning and backed the president into a corner of "excruciating discomfort." (The White House said Obama “appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore’s expressions on Saturday night.”) 

On Monday's episode of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," the host gave Morgan, and anyone else confused about what he meant, a quick lesson on usage, context and reclamation. 

"[Morgan] quoted me as saying 'Yo, Barry, you did it my n****r,'" he said in the video above. "Now hold on. Are you saying that I called the president a n****r? Ok, that's horrible. I would never do that."

"'N****r' is what white people use to denigrate, demean and dehumanize black people and  'n***a' is a term of endearment some black people use between each other to take back that power."

Despite the backlash, some people praised Wilmore on social media for embracing the first black president in a way that's never been done before while other called out the hypocrisy of conservatives being offended by the n-word:

 Wilmore left Morgan -- and others who believe he said "n****r" -- with some sound advice.

"Stop calling us that," he pleaded. "Conjugate the slur. And then, also, don't use it."

Know the difference.

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