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The niggardly use of racial epithets

JR11 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:29 AM
While the use of any racist epithet certainly damages credibility and intellectual competence, substituting the phrase “n-word” for the word “n.i.g.g.e.r” when discussing racism and the word’s impact, makes American journalists sound like kindergartners. This politically correct moratorium on _all_ use of the word “n.i.g.g.e.r” is, unlike, unified and socially beneficial protests against the public use of _all_ racial epithets, (of which there zero) is a resentment producing racist demand for submission, not for the mutual respect between equals necessary to social harmony.

Dear Ray:

I want you to know that I don’t get offended very often. But I am certainly offended by your recent letter telling me you are now “boycotting” my columns because I recommended a CD by David Allan Coe. The column you are referring to, “Circuit Cuidad,” was, ironically, a spoof on minority boycotts. Plenty of people misunderstood the column—perhaps none as thoroughly as you.

In today’s column I want to take some time to address your silly assertion that David Allan Coe’s use of the n-word—in more than one of his songs—means that both a) Coe is a racist...

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