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NY case puts N-word
use among blacks on trial

Associated Press, by Larry Neumeister

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Posted By:StormCnter, 9/3/2013 5:22:56 AM

NEW YORK — A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what. Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a black employment agency worker who was the target of an N-word-laced rant by her black boss, and they return to a Manhattan federal court Tuesday to decide on punitive damages. The case against Rob Carmona and the employment agency he founded, STRIVE East Harlem, gave legal airing to what some see as

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/3/2013 5:33:56 AM     (No. 9503061)

Good. Now someone sue the rappers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Petalcup, 9/3/2013 6:03:57 AM     (No. 9503080)

Sue the rappers and the recording compaines that produce that crap, $$$$ relative to the amount of money made from the song. Make it hurt!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/3/2013 6:08:40 AM     (No. 9503085)

Does that mean the "black boss" is a racist?
If the boss" were white it would be labeled racism. Curious minds want to know.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FunOne, 9/3/2013 6:48:13 AM     (No. 9503105)

I suggest that the concept of "word police" is repugnant to a free society.

But, at least we can take comfort in being politically correct.

s/off

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cThree, 9/3/2013 7:15:55 AM     (No. 9503138)

I am happy to see this small step toward ending this poisonous paradigm we´ve endured which the speech of one group of people is privileged over that of a different group.

That is madness.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 9/3/2013 7:53:02 AM     (No. 9503177)

I want to hear the tapes in the oval office of Holder and Bammy showing the love.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 9/3/2013 7:59:43 AM     (No. 9503187)

It´s about time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 9/3/2013 8:11:30 AM     (No. 9503204)

If this is enforced on the Internet then Twitter will vanish.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MattMusson, 9/3/2013 8:25:10 AM     (No. 9503230)

Apparently some people cannot say Grace without using the N-word.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mc squared, 9/3/2013 8:41:09 AM     (No. 9503264)

We will regret banning words.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mossley, 9/3/2013 8:43:42 AM     (No. 9503273)

As much as I agree with the verdict, I don´t have a lot of sympathy for the so-called victim. If you´re not familiar with STRIVE, it works on the principle that the reason these people don´t get jobs is because of their attitude. They are fourth or fifth generation welfare cases. They´ve never known someone who had a job, so they don´t grasp the fact that you can´t threaten to kill the boss when he tells you to do something, you can´t go home in the middle of your shift to watch your soaps, you have to show up on time, etc. I get the feeling this victim was just upset that he cut through her bovine excrement.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bugboy, 9/3/2013 8:50:06 AM     (No. 9503284)

Good, blacks can´t have it both ways. Either the word is derogatory no matter who uses it or it´s not.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 9/3/2013 8:52:21 AM     (No. 9503288)

#10 is absolutely correct. Those of us who are rejoicing at this, should step back and think of what could happen if this is taken to its ultimate conclusion.

That a jury can punish someone ($$$) for saying a word should be chilling, not an excuse to go on a tirade against rap music (really?).

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/3/2013 8:53:11 AM     (No. 9503290)

The formulation in the headline offends me more than the word itself. I refuse to use it. I´m a grown up. I know what words mean, and I know the difference between saying a word and meaning harm.

When I was growing up, George Carlin taught us about the seven dirty words you couldn´t say on television. Two decades later, Carlin was performing at a benefit for the homeless and got excoriated for using a different word to describe golfers´ pants. (Think "bundle of sticks" plus a "-y" on the end.) They called him a "homophobe." I admired Carlin for standing his ground on that one, but I also secretly enjoyed the fact that right-wing prudes were no longer Carlin´s biggest problem.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bpl40, 9/3/2013 9:06:45 AM     (No. 9503315)

Unless direct harm to a specific individual can be demonstrated, First Amendment protected freedoms should be left intact. If employers want to discipline or fire a person for creating a hostile workplace atmosphere, that is their business.They and the employee can have it out in court. The law should stay away.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FLCracker, 9/3/2013 9:07:59 AM     (No. 9503318)

(And here at LCom, I can´t quote the article without editing it.)

Carmona said he might put his arm around a longtime friend in the company of another and say: ‘‘This is my [N-word] for 30 years.’’

‘‘That means my boy, I love him, or whatever,’’ he said.

Yeah, lover or whatever - like you "love" a subservient wife, employee or dog.

Oh, and aren´t we supposed to not call darker-hued males "boy"?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mossley, 9/3/2013 9:56:47 AM     (No. 9503401)

The issue isn´t about banning words. It´s about the double standard. If a white had said this, there would have been no need for a trial. If anyone else had used any other offensive, derogatory term in a professional setting, it would not have been tolerated. Blacks have gotten away with this stuff for too long. The laws apply to them as well.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: grampus, 9/3/2013 11:03:55 AM     (No. 9503510)

Shortly after Ford replaced Nixon , Ford traveled to Seoul, Korea. Various outlying U.S. installations were tasked to send resources to Seoul for logistical support. Camp Humphreys sent some Korean motor pool workers, and, as was expected, later billed Eighth Army. Listed on the bill was one "greaser" with hours to be paid. The bill bounced back with the requirement to change the word "greaser".
A wise warrant officer retyped that page with the word changed to "Chicano" and resubmitted. The bill was processed.

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