The n-word in New York

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Fri Mar 2 22:48:26 UTC 2007

Well, that's the way a living language changes and grows.

Seán Fitzpatrick
It’s a Gnostic thing. You wouldn't understand.

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Need [mailto:nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, 01 March, 2007 11:23
Subject: The n-word in New York

New York City has passed a resolution to encourage residents to avoid
using the n-word. The City apparently feels that it is not
appropriately used under any circumstances (not even among blacks).
One of the arguments put forward was that the young people using the
word (having heard it in rap and other popular culture "venues")
don't realize the history of its offensiveness.

(This was in today's Chicago Tribine.)


Barbara Need

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