Originally Posted: 8/29/2010
There was a time when the N-word was never used in our music or
even by those of us who played the 'dozens' on our block. I'm old enough to remember when hearing the N-word out loud on the Roots mini-series was shocking and demeaning.
Personally, I've never thought of the N-word as a term of endearment. In my view, the word is a racial slur no matter who says it. I wouldn't use the word "Nazi" as a term of endearment for a Jewish person ... and my preference is that the other N-word not be used as a term of endearment for a Black person.
Villagers, it's time that we simply eliminate the N-Word entirely from our lexicon. It's not a word to use as a greeting ... or to complete sentences ... or to start conversations.
An 11-year old child, Johnathan McCoy, says it best in the following video clip:
I challenge all villagers to make a personal commitment to eliminate the N-word from their vocabulary. What say u?