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Waging War on the N word...
« on: May 23, 2006, 08:59:59 PM »
Waging war on the N word

by errol louis
 


 
By all indications, jurors in the hate crimes trial of Nicholas (Fat Nick) Minucci, which began yesterday, will waste an inordinate amount of time pondering the spirit in which Minucci uttered the N word while allegedly robbing and beating a black man, Glenn Moore, with a baseball bat in Howard Beach last summer.
Under New York's hate crimes law, Minucci would serve less jail time if he had merely clubbed Moore in the head and left him for dead, as alleged, while carefully omitting any utterance of the Nword.

Such absurdities inevitably result from enlisting the government in efforts to suppress what the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as "perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English."

Legislatures and courtrooms are the wrong place to stage fights to end the spread of hateful, dehumanizing images and epithets.

In a cultural war, the true battle is joined in the thousands of public and informal arenas where values and opinions get formed and debated. Places like classrooms, taverns, barbershops, social clubs, street corners, dinner tables, houses of worship - and, increasingly, the World Wide Web.

Just ask Jill Merritt and Kovan Flowers, two 30-something Brooklynites who grew sick of constantly hearing the N word tossed around and recently launched a magnificent, powerful Web site called www.abolishthenword.com.

Visitors to the site see a startling sequence of images of lynchings, attacks on civil rights workers and other violence against blacks - along with a pointed message about the link between the dehumanizing use of the N word and the onscreen atrocities. Viewers can download and sign a pledge to drop the slur from one's personal speech, and buy T-shirts and business-card-sized reminders that say "abolish the N word."

In just over a month of operation, according to Merritt and Flowers, the site has racked up more than 1.4 million hits from 28 different countries, including Japan, Sweden, Qatar, Israel and Turkey. Teachers around the nation are using the site to kick off classroom discussions about discrimination.

The Web site couldn't arrive at a better time. There's a dubious popular notion, often voiced by rappers and other entertainers, that constant use of the N word will somehow dilute its historical sting and convert the slur into a kind of harmless slang by young people.

History suggests otherwise. The most offensive terms once used to demean Americans of Italian, Jewish, German and Irish descent have long since passed out of public usage - not because they were thrown around constantly, but because anti-defamation groups from various ethnic groups organized efforts to rid our public discourse of bigotry and hatred directed at them.

Such efforts usually pay off. Talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey and her sidekick, Gayle King, recently paid an unannounced visit to the studios of Power 105.1, where they confronted the radio station's new morning host, Ed Lover, over his constant use of the N word and the B word for women - and secured an onair pledge from Lover to drop both terms from his act.

That is how you fight, and win, a culture war: one Web site and one radio show at a time.




 

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Re: Waging War on the N word...
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 09:09:17 PM »
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maybe this is bunk? aye think people think so.

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Re: Waging War on the N word...
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006, 09:27:56 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2006, 09:29:06 PM »
'Insult to blacks'
 

Rev. Al to bat attack DA: N-word always vile
 
BY JOHN MARZULLI and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
 
The Rev. Al Sharpton wants to testify that the N-word is never a term of endearment - refuting the claims of Howard Beach hate crime defendant Nicholas (Fat Nick) Minucci.
In a letter sent yesterday to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the activist minister offered to be an expert witness on the vile racial slur.

"To try and recast that word is not only a rewriting and distorting of history, it's an insult to black people," Sharpton told the Daily News yesterday.

The reverend's pitch was spurred by the 19-year-old defendant's claim that in hip-hop lexicon the N-word is a friendly greeting.

But prosecutors contend Minucci's use of the word before he allegedly pummeled African-American Glenn Moore with an aluminum bat was charged with racial hatred.

In a March jailhouse interview with News columnist Denis Hamill, Minucci begged to differ on how he used the N-word during the June 29, 2005, attack.

"There's a very big difference in the hip-hop world that I come from between 'n---a,' which is a greeting, and 'n---er,' which is racist," said Minucci, who is white. "'What up, n---a?' is like saying, 'What's up, pal?'"

But in his letter to Brown, Sharpton said the N-word is vile and degrading - whether it ends in -er or -a.

"I'd be more than willing to take the stand to explain the history and current connotations of the N-word," wrote Sharpton, who led a motorcade through Howard Beach, Queens, after the attack on Moore.

"If Minucci had referred to an Asian-American as a 'g--k' or a Jewish person as a 'k--e' before savagely beating him, he'd be laughed out of the courtroom if he claimed he was using the word as a welcoming gesture," Sharpton said.

Brown could not be reached for comment on Sharpton's letter. Minucci's attorney Albert Gaudelli did not return calls.

Sharpton said he was concerned that if Minucci is acquitted on hate crime charges it could make it harder to bring such charges against people who use the slur.

"It would be creating a climate that somehow that term would be sanitized," Sharpton told The News.

Minucci's Queens Supreme Court trial began May 22. A jury of five blacks, four whites and three Latinos will decide the fate of Minucci, who faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.


 
 
 

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Re: Waging War on the N word...
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2006, 09:37:54 PM »
go ahead...read...aye expect no replies.

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Re: Waging War on the N word...
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2006, 06:16:43 AM »
'Insult to blacks'
 

Rev. Al to bat attack DA: N-word always vile
 
BY JOHN MARZULLI and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
 
The Rev. Al Sharpton wants to testify that the N-word is never a term of endearment - refuting the claims of Howard Beach hate crime defendant Nicholas (Fat Nick) Minucci.
In a letter sent yesterday to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the activist minister offered to be an expert witness on the vile racial slur.

"To try and recast that word is not only a rewriting and distorting of history, it's an insult to black people," Sharpton told the Daily News yesterday.

The reverend's pitch was spurred by the 19-year-old defendant's claim that in hip-hop lexicon the N-word is a friendly greeting.

But prosecutors contend Minucci's use of the word before he allegedly pummeled African-American Glenn Moore with an aluminum bat was charged with racial hatred.

In a March jailhouse interview with News columnist Denis Hamill, Minucci begged to differ on how he used the N-word during the June 29, 2005, attack.

"There's a very big difference in the hip-hop world that I come from between 'n---a,' which is a greeting, and 'n---er,' which is racist," said Minucci, who is white. "'What up, n---a?' is like saying, 'What's up, pal?'"

But in his letter to Brown, Sharpton said the N-word is vile and degrading - whether it ends in -er or -a.

"I'd be more than willing to take the stand to explain the history and current connotations of the N-word," wrote Sharpton, who led a motorcade through Howard Beach, Queens, after the attack on Moore.

"If Minucci had referred to an Asian-American as a 'g--k' or a Jewish person as a 'k--e' before savagely beating him, he'd be laughed out of the courtroom if he claimed he was using the word as a welcoming gesture," Sharpton said.

Brown could not be reached for comment on Sharpton's letter. Minucci's attorney Albert Gaudelli did not return calls.

Sharpton said he was concerned that if Minucci is acquitted on hate crime charges it could make it harder to bring such charges against people who use the slur.

"It would be creating a climate that somehow that term would be sanitized," Sharpton told The News.

Minucci's Queens Supreme Court trial began May 22. A jury of five blacks, four whites and three Latinos will decide the fate of Minucci, who faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.


 
 
 


This is exactly why I try not to use the n word and don't like the way it's used liberally throughout rap music.  Like Al said, if someone said spic than attcked a latino, there's no way that anyone would think that it's anything but a hate crime. Black people who claim that n-word and n-word are two different words and that the latter is somehow sanitized have opened the door for this ridiculous defense. 

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Re: Waging War on the N word...
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2006, 12:18:20 PM »
aye.