African American Leaders Encourage Parents to Talk about Civil Disobedience with their Children

CHICAGO — Shush. The “N-word.” They say I shouldn’t say it. Shouldn’t write it. Dare not let it roll from my tongue. For it is much too vile to say, they say. Too laden with hatred and historical degradation. Too painful a reminder of the racial sins of a nation. The N-word. From the Latin word “niger” (long I vowel sound) for the color black. Shush. Let it die, some say. I say, “How can they ever take it back?” The N-word. Uttered with contempt. Verbal dagger of white supremacist
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