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The niggardly use of racial epithets

randallhsmith1 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 4:12 PM
The latest and most offensive racist epithet is "socialist"...so I've heard. It has recently replaced the "n-word" as the most hurtful and inflammatory word.

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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