Panel Chat on the N-Word

05 Sep 2012 10:56 AM | Anonymous
Dori Dumas, member of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter and First-Vice President of the Greater New Haven NAACP, participated in a panel chat on the n-word. 

Shahid Abdul-Karim, staff reporter for the New Haven Register, facilitated the discussion.  It streamed live over the Internet on Saturday, September 1, 2012 and is available to view online.  

The n-word was used for generations to subjugate black Americans.  Although the word has become a mainstay of comedic routines and a term of endearment within some groups, many still find it unacceptable in any context and it continues to cause conflict when used as hate speech.  The panelists discussed the word's history, its use today and whether it is unacceptable in any context.

The other panel members were Gary Highsmith, Hamden High School principal; Clifton Bush, social scientist and professor at Springfield College in Massachusetts; Rich Hanley, Quinnipiac University associate professor of journalism and director of the graduate journalism program; and Stanley Bernard, assistant professor of public health and human services at Southern Connecticut State University.

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