"Today we're not just burying the N-word, we're taking it out of our spirit"
Hundreds of onlookers cheered Monday afternoon as the NAACP put to rest a long-standing symbol of racism by holding a public burial for the N-word during its annual convention in Detroit.It's hard to believe that in 2007, this remains an issue. What a sad commentary on the inability of some humans to recognize that other humans don't have to look like, sound like, or believe as they do. And for those who are tolerate "slips of the tongues" or "misstatements", please explain where those thoughts originated in the first place.
"Die N-word, and we don't want to see you round here no more."
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People delegates from across the country gathered at downtown's Cobo Center and marched about a quarter-mile to Hart Plaza for a ceremony and rally. [...]
...the issue over racially insensitive remarks heated up earlier this year after talk show host Don Imus used derogatory language to describe black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
Black leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have challenged the entertainment industry and the American public to stop using the N-word and other racial slurs. [...]
"While we are happy to have sent a certain radio cowboy back to his ranch, we ought to hold ourselves to the same standard," Bond said. "If he can't refer to our women as `hos,' then we shouldn't either."