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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.

Tom Ford, the N-Word, and What Oprah Winfrey and Jay Z Have in Common

Dana T. Blackmore | Posted 10.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dana T. Blackmore

One thing is fairly certain, although Oprah and Jay Z do not agree on the use of the N-Word, together, they are making Tom Ford a rich man!

It Ain't Just About the Word: Tell Us How You Really Feel, Riley

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The fact that Cooper felt comfortable uttering the nigger word in public speaks volumes to its continued usage in popular culture.

Riley Cooper Provides Us With an Almost Teachable Moment

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 10.06.2013 | Sports
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

"The Riley Cooper affair" provides a pivotal opportunity for the National Football League to take the lead on this issue by getting its own house in order.

Sensitivity Training Set For Eagles Receiver After Racial Slur

AP | Posted 10.01.2013 | Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a rac...

Tim Allen Condemned For 'N-Word' Rant

Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

Tim Allen took heat on Sunday for his insistence in an interview released over the weekend that "the 'n-word' is worse to me than n*****." The comm...

When My Date Called Me the 'N' Word

Justin Hernandez | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

Did this guy really think it was OK to call me that because he and I are both Latino? I switched gears and jumped on my soapbox, telling him about my distaste for that word and how I did not want him to use it with me again. I felt like a lecturing schoolteacher.

Drunk Man Shouts N-Word, Gets Knocked Out Cold

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.13.2013 | New York

A drunk man allegedly hurled a racial slur in New York City's West Village and ended up in the hospital. On Friday afternoon, the unidentified whit...

Hip-Hop and the Globalization of 'Nigga'

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 09.08.2013 | Black Voices
Nicolas B. Aziz

Hip-hop has globalized "nigga," morphing its role into much more than the casual conversational term that it served as for decades exclusively within black America. So should blacks in America be mad at this harsh reality?

Dear CNN, This Is Not OK

Posted 07.08.2013 | Comedy

Deon Cole, star of "Deon Cole's Black Box" and "Conan," can barely wrap his head around CNN's debate over the N-word. For starters: Why does LeVar Bur...

Paula Deen, Microaggressions, and Why the N-Word Isn't Even the Major Issue

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Microaggressions are demeaning or subtle insults against minorities that can be verbal, behavioral, or environmental but either intentional or unintentional.

Parsing the N-Word

E. R. Shipp | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
E. R. Shipp

A whole lot of people are making a big deal over the fact that Paula Deen may have uttered it within the past 30 years. As if she is the only 66-year-old Southern white woman who has done so. As if she is the only public figure who has done so.

Paula Deen, the N-word, and Sh*t Black Folks Can't Say

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

I realize that it is disturbing to think that there might be one privilege that black people have that white people do not. Therefore, I am going to set the record straight.

How Not to Be Racist

Floyd Elliot | Posted 08.31.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Anyone who says, "Now, I'm not a racist, but... " is a ginormous racist-y racist and is about to say something horrendously racist. Another thing: accidental racist, you say? I call bulls***.

Beyond Paula Deen: Why Multiculturalism Has Failed Us and Why We Need an Intercultural Dialogue

Samuel Autman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Samuel Autman

We can't begin to get along entirely if we don't seek answers from each other about the roots of our biases. In fact, that's one issue I have with the Paula Deen episode. So far I haven't seen in any of her interviews questions as to why she felt it was OK to use the "N" word.

The N-Word and Other Stones

Gillian Clark | Posted 08.31.2013 | DC
Gillian Clark

As black people, we've come to not expect too much from white America. Paula Deen's use of the N word and her plans for a plantation wedding fit right in.

Real Talk With Rob Smith Podcast 1: Paula Deen, Outserve/SLDN and the Fall of DOMA and Prop 8

Rob Smith | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this week's podcast, I take on the Paula Deen race scandal, the Outserve/SLDN ouster of Allyson Robinson, and the historic victories with DOMA and Prop 8.

Values in Indecision over the N-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chris Drakeford "If it ends with an 'a' it's 'a'-ok" explained Todd, after seeing my face cringe when he referred to his white friend as "my n...

Paula Deen Loses Another Piece Of Her Empire

AP | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Paula Deen lost another part of her empire on Monday: Smithfield Foods said it is dropping her as a spokeswoman. The announcement ca...

Speaking About Race: Paula Deen and the Need for Racial Literacy

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

Even if you don't use racial slurs and don't have a prejudiced bone in your body, speaking about race is not easy. It's time we did more to improve everyone's racial literacy.

Paula Deen Allegedly Makes Racist Comments

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 06.21.2013 | Black Voices

Paula Deen is no stranger to controversy, but new allegations of racism leveled against the Southern chef may shock even those who have followed her t...

'What's a 'N-word' Mommy?'

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

As the mother of a mixed-race 8-year old, I often think about how to keep my son's eyes, ears, and heart, open to the realities and ignorance of racism. He and a friend recently saw the movie 42, and for the first time, heard the 'n-word' thrown around like a baseball.

Kansas Board Member Defends Using N-Word

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

Kansas Education Board member Steve Roberts defended himself on Tuesday after facing criticism over his use of a racial slur at a mid-April meeting wh...

Preston Maddock

Democratic Lawmaker Uses Shocking Language To Discuss Voting Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) rattled off a list of epithets, including the N-word, at an event in his home state last week, The Tennessean reports, in or...