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Thoughts From A Diva

Random images and thoughts from a misplaced Minnesota Diva trying to survive in Wisconsin.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The N Word

LZ Granderson is a writer for ESPN. He is articulate and well-educated. And after reading the above article, I am now a fan.

He discusses the use of the N word by black athletes and rappers. He asks them to stop using it because it keeps the country divided.

I agree.

I have only said that word once. When I was in grade school, the movie "Roots" came out. Anyone remember that? It was a powerful, moving experience. My entire family sat around the television each night to watch the story unfold over several nights.

In that movie, the N word is used frequently. So one night I had a question and I used that word. I have never seen my mother so upset. I thought she was gonna wash my mouth out with soap.

She then explained that it is never to be used. It is worse than a cuss word she explained to me because it made someone feel inferior and that is never a good thing.

I have never used the word again. And I do not allow its use in my house. I have also banned the word faggot.

They are both derogatory and inappropriate for any situation.


At 12/03/2006 2:07 PM , Blogger H. Lewis Smith said...


Los Angeles, CA., Author H. Lewis Smith has written a thought provoking, culturally divided book that will not only spark heated conversation, but can also bring about real change. The N-word is often used in the African American community amongst each other and is generally not a problem when spoken by another African American. However, once the word is used by a Caucasian person, it brings on other effects. The question is "who can use the word and why?" Smith believes it is a word that should be BURIED!!!!

The book is written in a manner that all can understand. The points are well-taken and the wording is easy to follow. There are quotes from great people in our history including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, James Baldwin and many, many others. Smith has mixed history with honesty, love with life, education with effects. This is a great book for educators, parents, managers, professionals, newsmen, and anyone else wanting an in-depth look at the N-word, the effects and the solutions. A MUST READ!!!!

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