Discussions of Race in America Don’t Require the N Word

LBN’s Bob Donley points out that words can be powerful, and in this report, he talks about one word in particular: the N word.

Donley recounts a get-together at the house of his daughter and son-in-law, who happens to be an African-American. In addition to family, the couple had some friends over as well. One of the guests was an African-American man, there with his wife and child. The man in question seemed to be entertained by using that N word again and again. “Not in a derogatory sense, . . . but some kind cultural brotherhood sense.”

Donley reports that his son-in-law finally had enough of his friend’s casual use of the vulgar word. He pointed to his young daughter and said, “She doesn’t need to hear that word, especially not in my house.” The man left a short time later, and will never be invited back, the son-in-law said.

Donley notes that President Obama used that same word in an interview recently. The President used the word for a good reason, “to stir a debate over race relations and to shock the world.” Mission accomplished, Donley says.

Discussing race is a serious issue in this country and has been since the early days of this nation. “Talking about race can be a very good thing.” But a lot of people believe that the N word has no place in that discussion. Donley says his son-in-law is one of those people, and he sides with his son-in-law on this issue.

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