NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, hip-hop legend Curtis Blow and R & B legend Eddie Levert led the procession from COBO Hall to Hart (Freedom) Plaza. The burial was a part of the 9th Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Making sure that the crowd understood the significance of this event, Kilpatrick said “we should take the word out of our spirit. “Good riddance. Die, N-word,” said Kilpatrick. “We don’t want to see you around here no more.”
Meanwhile, the New York case against Carmona focused on what many see as a double standard over the N-word — that it’s racist if uttered by whites but culturally acceptable when used by blacks in music or when speaking to one another.
Johnson testified that being black made it no less painful to be subjected to Carmona’s vile taunts.
Carmona blubbered like a baby in Manhattan federal court yesterday as he tried to defend his use of the N-word during the punitive- damages phase of the case.
“I come from a different time . . . and this showed me that I really have to take stock of that at my age ,” he said, wiping his eyes.
Defense attorney Diane Krebs argued that Carmona, who had a troubled life before getting a master’s degree from Columbia and starting STRIVE, had a different take on the word.
Carmona testified that he might say, “This is my n—-r for 30 years” to a pal. “That means my boy, I love him, or whatever,” he said.
But Johnson, who was fired after filing the June 2012 lawsuit following more than two years with the firm, said, “No one deserves to be treated like that. I was bullied, disrespected.”
Have you called another black person on your job the N-word? Would you call another black person on your job the N-word? And if you did, should that be illegal? What do you think?