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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Paltalk News - NYC to Ban the N-Word -- VIDEO

So now the New York City Council wants to ban the "n" word in New York.

We decided to go to Harlem to ask people what they thought of the non-binding resolution. And found that, interestingly, not everyone was in agreement.

We found it to be a generational issue. Older people find the word to be biting, cruel and demeaning, no matter the context.

Many young people, on the other hand, say they use the word as a form of affectionate greeting.

If nothing else, the New York resolution creates discourse on the issue. But is this really the responsibility of government? To attempt to regulate good public form?

It's not really an encroachment on First Amendment Rights, because the proposed ordinance would have no effect of law. But as reprehensible as many of us find the 'n' word to be, do we want the New York City Council, or any other governmental entity for that matter, to become the thought police?

As one woman we interviewed in Harlem suggested, there are a lot more issues the City Council should be tackling that affect her daily life, than whether or not hip hop artists and comedians should use the 'n' word in their acts or whether young black people should greet each other, affectionately or not, with the pejorative.

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