"epithet" avoidance once again ...

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jul 20 03:31:14 UTC 2011

On Jul 19, 2011, at 11:15 PM, victor steinbok wrote:

>> From Wired:
> http://goo.gl/PJTHf
>> “Re: Obama fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon,” read one
>> of the messages posted on the Yahoo finance site by Walter Bagdasarian.
> From LA Times:
> http://goo.gl/5At94
>> The observation that Obama "will have a 50 cal in the head soon" and a call
>> to "shoot the [racist slur]" weren't violations of the law under which
>> Bagdasarian was convicted because the statute doesn't criminalize
>> "predictions or exhortations to others to injure or kill the president,"
>> said the majority opinion written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

Besides, the actual racist slur, as opposed to the [racist slur], was misspelled, so it doesn’t really count.


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