I am going to keep Gandhi’s words in mind as I process Dr. Laura’s N-word rant. She argued that black comedians use the word on HBO and some black people use it as a term of endearment. What she failed to realize is that comedians use words for effect and that each and every one of us is responsible for what we say. We can’t cast aside our responsibility because someone else is doing or saying something we know is wrong.
There are various strategies for dealing with the N-word. Some try to steal its power and embrace it, while others want to ban it. I prefer a different approach. I don’t use it. I’ll teach Simone and Nadia to do the same. I’ll be the change I want to see in the world. How about you?