Monday, July 09, 2007


"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.

"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."
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.

10 Comments:

At 4:30 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

We need to do better.

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get real. The N-Word will NEVER go out of style or cease to be used until the black community stops using it when they talk to one another. Black people use the N-word with impunity like some kind of badge. Stop acting like we should do better. Political correctness is killing our nation and stiffling reality. People just verbalize it to SEEM good. It sickens me.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

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.
I think that was part of their point, Anon.

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the right thing and I am a 60 year old southern man. These words hurt. But the black community needs to rise up against the "rapper" or "hip hop" people to spot using it.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Lucid in Phoenix said...

When do we put cracker and honkey to bed? I'm all for vanquishing all disparging words, but this selective deletion of a single offensive word is a joke. To bad they didn't also burry the NAACP and the rest of the racially-based minority organizations that dictate what's acceptable & what's not - to the rest of society. Bury honky, and I'll be impressed.

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I agree that limiting it to one or 2 words isn't enough. There are enough reprehensible words and actions to go around. I've been the recipient of a few, myself.

I don't see how declaring them dead will stop it, but public acknowledgments of how offensive they are will accumulate over time and eventually, hopefully, make a difference. It has to start somewhere.

Even the most superficial attempts are better than looking the other way.

 
At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Lucid in Phoenix said...

Fair enough, the path is a long one and any progress is better than none. It becomes a divisive (not uniting) issue though when a minority group (12.1 % of the popultation) continues to dictate what can and cannot come out of our mouths in a free society - escpecially when the word "deletion" is self serving, and not in defense of all. I"m with you, this will not change anything in the end - unfortunately.

 
At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know if Snoop Dog book "Love Don't Live Here No More", which is littered with N-word or a form of it anyway, was tossed inside the casket. Seems to me like they need to go after their own before others. I RARELY here a white person use the N-word. I hear it daily within the black community. By the way, how was the plot in the cemetary paid for?

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess they buried proper English as well - "Die N-word, and we don't want to see you round here no more."

What a pathetic mayor.

 
At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer - Does treating the symptoms of cancer make cancer go away? Will burying, erasing, stopping the usage of the "N" word make racism go away? Misplaced focus..

Sean

 

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