Should Use of the N-Word Be Illegal?

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  • If you’re black and angry at another black person on your job, please don’t shout the N-word – it could become illegal.

    The N-word is used all over the country by black folks were who mad, loving or joking. But now, a New York federal jury court has weighed in to say use of the N-word in the workplace is offensive and discriminatory — even when an African American uses the N-word to another African American.

    So when you go to work tomorrow, think about this: In the heat of an argument, if you call another African American the N-word, you could be sued and wind up in court.

    Is it worth it? And shouldn’t black folks resist calling each other the N-word anyway?

    A Manhattan panel rejected arguments from lawyers for a black Harlem employment-agency boss that it was right for him to use the hateful slur — and ordered him and his company to pay $280,000 to a black female worker who was subjected to his tirade.

    Brandie Johnson, a black single mother, won her suit against STRIVE East Harlem President Rob Carmona, 61, for repeated verbal abuse — including a March 2012 rant she caught on tape.

    “I was offended. I was hurt. I felt degraded. I felt disrespected. I was embarrassed,” Johnson, 38, testified about what her lawyer called a “four-minute n—-r tirade” over her on-the-job conduct and attire.

    “Both of you are n—-rs . . . You all act like n—-rs all the time . . . and n—-rs let their feelings rule them,” Carmona said in an outburst that targeted Johnson and an unidentified worker.

    Her lawyer, Marjorie M. Sharpe, told the jury — which consisted of eight whites, one black and one other dark-skinned man — that the pair’s race made no difference.

    “When you use the word n—-r to an African American, no matter how many alternative definitions that you may try to substitute with the word n—-r, that is no different than calling a Hispanic by the worst possible word you can call a Hispanic, calling a homosexual male the worst possible word that you can call a homosexual male,” Sharpe said in her closing argument.

    Clearly, the death of the N-word has been greatly exaggerated.

    In 2009, thousands gathered in Detroit to participate in the NAACP’s funeral and burial for the “N” word.  A horse drawn carriage carried a wooden coffin that adorned black roses and a ribbon with the word “nigga” displayed.

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    7 thoughts on “Should Use of the N-Word Be Illegal?

    1. I’m black and I HATE the use of the N word, regardless of who utters it. Being black does not give you license to use such a hateful, hurtful word.

    2. I AM 37 YEAR OLD BLACK AND HAS USED THE WORD BUT NEVER IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHER RACES THE WORD SHOULD DIE TOO MANY IGNORANT PEOPLE DON’T NO WHEN TO USE IT. IT IS SO SILLY TO ME TO HEAR THESE RAPPERS SAY WERE TAKING THE WORD BACK AND MAKING IT OUR OWN WERE CHANGING THE MEANING THEN WHY BEAT UP THE WHITE KID WHO USES IT IF ITS SO OK. SPECIALLY WHEN THATS ALL THE MUSIC THEYBUY KEEPS REPEATING IT. ITS ALL GOOD TO USE WHEN SELLING RECORDS BUT NOT OK WHEN WHITEY REPEATS IT. MY PEOPLE STOP BEING SO SILLY KILL THE WORD.

    3. I believe after WW2 Germany outlawed certain behavior and symbols including language associated with the NAZI party that wont work here because of the constitution it would be like trying to outlaw the confederate battle flag as well as any confederate memorably

    4. The word should not be banish. Some people going to continue to use the word. I’m fifty-something, and I don’t like people calling me ‘boy’ . Ask any black man about the word “boy” and they will tell you that it is just offensive than the N-word, especially coming from the mouth of a white person. And black women have it bad calling grown men boys. Nothing good is going to come out of banning certain words.

    5. Should the N-Word Be Illegal. ——- Yes.
      along with all other forms of alternative names for races that are meant to hurt. Regardless if you say it with affection.

    6. I am a 50ish black female. No I have not called anyone on my job the N-word. The word should be banished from appropriate communication. I don’t care if it is black on black, black on white, green on green, it does not conjure of any good, even when blacks are calling each other this word, it is to a lower nature of behavior. It’s like hearing women call each other “Ho.” No good can come out of these words as a description of any part of a person’s character.

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