Kathleen E. Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Thu Jun 12 14:33:17 UTC 2003

According to the NAACP press office, that happened in March of 1998 and Mr.
Mfume did not give a speech, he only issued a statement.

Kathleen E. Miller
Research Assistant to William Safire
The New York Times

At 07:44 PM 6/11/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>>Subject: FW: NAACP WINS
>>Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 17:04:51 -0400
>>This is a great victory for all African Americans.
>>NAACP wins on "nigger" in dictionary
>>A Small Victory...A Giant Step ( Thanks NAACP )
>>There has been a change in Webster's Dictionary.
>>Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the
>>Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), recently gave a speech at
>>Virginia Tech.
>>Everyone was informed that a landmark decision was made last week
>>with the people at Merriam-Webster Dictionary. They have recognized
>>the error of their ways.
>>So, beginning with the next edition, the word nigger will no longer be
>>synonymous with African-Americans. It shall be duly noted that it's a
>>racial slur and not what African-Americans themselves are. Along
>>with this, all racial and religious slurs will finally be indicated
>>for what they really are - cruel and evil slurs too often used to
>>degrade people.
>>Please pass this information on to others. This change should serve notice
>>to people, corporations, etc., that when individuals stick together to
>>right a wrong, a change is gonna come. This wasn't just a victory for
>>African-Americans, but for everyone.
>>Now if we can only get some of our young black men to stop using it
>>so freely... then we will truly win.
>>Terry J. Pierce
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