Well, it seems that some people are tired of this racist insult, and are attempting to do something about it.
Brazoria proposes a ban on the ‘N word’
02:56 PM CST on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Click to watch videoThe city of Brazoria is proposing an ordinance outlawing the “N word,” but not everyone in town is on board with idea.
N word ban
Mayor Ken Corley hopes the usage of the notorious racial slur will soon be a thing of the past in his city of 2,800, a relic as distant as the old Jim Crow laws that once ruled the day here.
“Obviously, I’m not black, but if I was and the word was used at me, it would offend me seriously,” Corley said.
Under his proposed ordinance, a person would be committing an offense if he or she intentionally uses the N word in an “abusive, indecent, hurtful, degrading or insulting way” in public. Violators could face fines of up to $500.
And if the ordinance passes, it won’t be the first time Brazoria has been a leader in passing high-profile restrictions – they were the first city into pass a law prohibiting sex offenders from living near children.
The mayor’s plan has already won the backing of some on the city council, as well as a group of prominent local black ministers.
“I applaud him for having the courage to bring this to the forefront,” ******* said.
Opinions on the ordinance differ with many in the population, but the mayor insists that the ordinance will make his city a better place to live.
“This is no doubt a quality of life issue,” he said.
A quality that could cost some people a lot to maintain.
Standing up for decency, dignity and respect has to start somewhere.
And it usually begins with just one person.
Update on the Brazoria ban on the “N-word”:
January 26, 2007
An update on the Brazoria, Texas proposal to ban the n-word:
The citizens gave the mayor a “tongue-lashing” over their objection with just the n-word singled out for being subject to a $500 fine.
One young white woman in the crowd (there were so many people who came to the townhall meeting, that the crowd swelled to over-capacity beyond the 200 people the building could hold, and therefore, the meeting was held outside), asked the following:
“What about the girls that are called ‘white cracker’ or even ‘whore’, you know, what about all them? It’s not only right to pass it for the n-word.”
One elderly white woman, her voice dripping in rage, had this to say to the mayor:
“You have opened up a can of worms!”
On the other hand, some black citizens pointed out that some blacks use the word as a ‘common greeting’.
One black lady had this to say to the mayor:
“To them the n-word is hip, it’s slang, it’s no problem.”
A 30-something black man stated:
“Please don’t do this to me, as a man, because I’m going to be the first person you lock up probably, because, let’s be truthful, I use the word. I’m sorry.”
On the other hand, some black ministers did support the measure and they were concerned about the word’s frequent use in rap music, and they stood by Mayor Ken Corley.
One black minister stated:
“He’s my American hero, and he should be everyone else’s.”
Some citizens were angry at the national attention this story captured and gave the image that there were racial problems in Brazoria.
One middle-aged white man spoke these words:
“And I’m embarressed, and very, very ashamed of what I’ve seen in the news.”
By the end of the townhall meeting/discussion, the mayor had had an “earful” and had relented:
“Ya’ll have spoken overwhelmingly against this ordinance and I think that this evening you will hear the last of it.”
To this statement from the mayor, the crowd cheered and clapped.
In the end, it was doubtful that the ordinance would have stood up in court since the 1ST Amendment protects offensive speech, and it looks like this measure will never be tested in any courtroom.
All of the above was typed while watching KHOU-Channel 11’s News broadcast.
Time for bed.