[fancy_box]Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi[/fancy_box]

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?

3 thoughts to “Be The Change

  • Blanc2

    Regardless of what what Dr. Schlessinger was attempting to say and/or her good/bad intentions, the word is vulgar and I don’t use it, ever. We don’t let our kids use it either. Heaven knows they will be exposed to enough vulgarity via pop culture (music videos, etc.). They certainly don’t need to be given more of it at home.

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  • Amanda

    Be the change, my thoughts exactly! Our family doesn’t use it and I will teach my kids to do that same thing.

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  • ET

    I’m with you. I think it’s a disgusting and harmful word. I don’t use it. I don’t like when my [black] friends use it, and I tell them so. And I have been known to lecture punk kids on the subway about its use and how it influences how they are negatively perceived.

    – existenceET.blogspot.com

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