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"Today we’re not just burying the (racial lsur), we’re taking it out of our spirit"
"evidence...suggest(s) that at least two African American s said the word in the workplace with no consequences."
"When viewed in its historical context, one can see how people in general, and African Americans in particular, might react differently when a white person uses the word than if an African American uses it. Nevertheless, we are unable to conclude that this is a justifiable reason for permitting the Station to draw race-based distinctions between employees."
Originally posted by gandalph
I don't know about this burying of words... I don't agree with changing Mark Twain's works for example.
However, non-blacks shouldn't be prosecuted for the use of the n-word until black people are prosecuted for that use as well, which they use in songs, on TV, etc...
Originally posted by youdidntseeme
How the court sees it is yet to be determined.
Originally posted by traditionaldrummer
I think context is the key. In this case, Burlington used the word as a referent, no different than using the term "N-Word". He was not using it in a derogatory manner.
That was the way U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick framed a dispute before him that had been headed for trial Tuesday, but that has been postponed pending the outcome of a related Supreme Court case.