11/10/2014 10:06 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2014

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

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This season, the National Football League is attempting the impossible, a reasoned but dubious mission that has already tripped up an institution as venerable as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, municipalities as large as New York City and countless parents of teenagers across the land. The goal: banning the n-word within the chalk-lined borders of its purview.

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