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The 'N' Word, Piers Morgan, and the Myth of Black Respectability

Arielle Newton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

Recently, Piers Morgan penned an incendiary piece titled "If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves." I held my breath the entire time I read this misguided piece. I saw all the markings of a privileged white male telling me and my community how to behave ourselves.

Examining The N Word As It Becomes More Prevalent Than Ever In American Vernacular

The Washington Post | Dave Sheinin and Krissah Thompson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices

This season, the National Football League is attempting the impossible, a reasoned but dubious mission that has already tripped up an institution as v...

Students Ask Not To Be Called African-American; Teacher Allegedly Calls Them N-Word

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.05.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, an Illinois substitute teacher reportedly called a group of four middle school girls the N-word after they asked not to be called African-A...

Is It True That Everybody Uses Racist Language?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 10.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I must be the most serene dude on the planet, because I swear to you that I have never hurled a racial invective at someone. No, not even when I was a kid. And no, not even when I was drunk. I'm not boasting, because it would be pretty sad if I wanted kudos just for avoiding hateful insults. To me, that should be basic behavior.

Victim of Viral YouTube Video has Message for Racist Stripper in Explosive Interview

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tanya Young Williams

Narvell Benning posted a video on YouTube on June 4, 2014 called Blatant Racism in Cheektowaga NY. In the video you watch and hear Janelle Ambrosia u...

Usher's Defense of Justin Bieber Is Indefensible

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

Whether Justin Bieber "is a racist" is not and never was the point. It was never an issue of whether Justin Bieber privately hopes for the subjugation of African-American people. Usher is trying to provide answers to unrelated and unasked questions.

Why Pharell Williams' Hipster Headdress Is Offensive To Native Americans

Gyasi Ross | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Some people simply don't hold anything sacred. When nothing's sacred, it is very difficult to explain why non-Natives flippantly wearing headdresses are horribly offensive.

White Police Official Won't Apologize For Calling Obama N-Word

AP | LYNNE TUOHY | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama ...

The Curious Case of Lil Boosie

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 05.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ferrari Sheppard

I tell young black men to sag their pants down to their ankles if they like, and to be as loud as they want. I tell them, remain who you are because no matter how much you assimilate, you will not be viewed as a human being by those wishing to view you otherwise.

Treating Women as the Second-Class Citizens of Sports: A Response to Richard Sherman's Critique of the NFL's Proposed Ban of the N-word

Abigail Perdue | Posted 05.17.2014 | Sports
Abigail Perdue

The harmful impact that sex-based slurs may have upon male players, fans, and coaches has also received insufficient attention in the NFL.

I'm Sick of the N-Word

Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr.

So then this new idea came along. Since we can't get rid of it, since we can't let it go -- let's embrace it. Let's reinvent it. Let's endear it. Well folks, we've had our little experiment and let me just tell you, it's failed miserably. Yes miserably.

The N-Word and the NFL

Randy Miller | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.

ESPN Host Drops The N-Word On-Air

Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

The NFL made headlines earlier this week when their competition committee reportedly suggested a rule proposal that would enforce a 15 yard penalty to...

Here Is A Guide On How Not To Be Racist

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Despite the fact it is 2014, racism is still running wild. We know that incredible leaps and bounds have been made in the battle against bigotry, but ...

Jordan Davis Trial Illustrates Well What Richard Sherman Meant When He Said 'Thug' Was the New N-word

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Dunn's lawyer, Cory Strolla, insisted that the trial was not about race, but instead about a "subculture thug issue." But what work is "thug" doing here, other than to dehumanize a group of young men for the purposes of devaluing their lives in order to justify ending them?

A Cure for the N-Word

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The next time, you hear someone call themselves by this term, try not to engage in respectability politics. Because simply being "respectable" won't save us and never has. Instead, if the person is open to it, use it as a learning moment.

Elementary School Principal Placed On Leave After Using N-Word

Associated Press | Posted 01.24.2014 | Black Voices

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- An elementary school principal in Washington state has been placed on leave while the district investigates her use of the N-wo...

Zero Tolerance for Intolerance

David Moshman | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
David Moshman

Our intolerance of intolerance, in other words, must include intolerance of intolerant terms.

An Open Letter Response to 'In Defense of a Loaded Word' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Vaughn Bryant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Vaughn Bryant

What if we as a collective people decided we were not going to use the word? What if we truly unified around this? Could that take away the power the word has over us?

From Muhammad Ali to Charles Barkley, How the Use of 'Ni**a' in the Media Shows How Black America Lost Its Way

Antonio Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Revisionism will not fix our issues as we face an American history that has left open wounds that clearly have failed to close and begin healing.

Charles Barkley: 'What I Do With My Black Friends Is Not Up To White America To Dictate'

Posted 11.25.2013 | Black Voices

--NBA Hall of Famer & sports analyst, Charles Barkley responds to Los Angeles Clippers guard, Matt Barnes’ recent tweet using the N-word. He was lat...

There Is No Good Use of the N-Word

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

For many years now, there have been on-going controversies over the question of whether the N-word can be used in friendly or endearing fashion; or whether there are different standards for use of the N-word by Blacks and all others

TELL US: Will Jury's Verdict On The N-Word Impact Use Of The Word Among Blacks?

Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices

A federal court ruled earlier this week that it is illegal to use the N-word in the workplace, even if you're black, reviving debate over whether the ...

A N*gg*r Is a Black Person, Says Webster

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Tanya Young Williams

No matter how Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries define the N-word -- I have never and will never be a n*gg*r -- although I am very proud to be a black person.

The "N-word" Was the Last Word They Heard Before They Died

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We have made tremendous progress as a society when it comes to racism. However, we have by no means conquered it. It would be a great thing if no one ever used that word to slur a black person again, if the use of all hateful slurs simply ceased.