Barbara Walters and "The View" ladies discussed a Washington Post story about a rock with the word "Ni$&erhead" written on it at the hunting camp used by Rick Perry and his dad.

Barbara used the n-word while she was explaining the story, and Sherri Shepherd was not happy about it.  However Shepherd did not have a problem when Whoopi said it.  When things got heated and Walters asked why Shepherd had a problem her explanation wasn't all that great.

Sherri Shepherd explained that:

"When I heard you (Whoopi) say it, it was fine. You said it a different way. When I heard you (Barbara) say it, I didn't like the way you said it. Because when you say it, you say [inaudible]. And I don't like [inaudible].

Barbara asked what was the proper way for her to say it, and Sherri told her that there is no way for her to say it.

In the entire segment Barbara uses the n-word once but Sherri and Whoopi use it almost a dozen times.

My question is, will there ever be a time when a white person can use the word?  Is this a case of, it's not fair and nobody cares because that's the way it is?