Friday, September 07, 2007

The n-word blacklash continues

The debate about black Americans' use of the n-word has hit the headlines again, with the comedian and actor Eddie Griffin stopped mid-performance at a night of stand-up comedy organised by Black Enterprise magazine. For The Guardian's take on this story look here.

This is the latest in a string of actions against the use of the word "nigger", including Def Jam's Russell Simmons and the City Council of New York who symbolically banned the word last year.

While many young black people are happy to use the word in its "semantically reclaimed" form, older generations are less happy, and there's a groundswell of opinion that the word can never be truly washed clean of its demeaning connotations.

For more on the debate search this blog using keywords in the search bar at the top, and take a look at this site abolish the n-word.

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