Weer’d World brings us news of a racially-charged incident.
Apparently, while Black folk are allowed (and even encouraged) to use the N Word as a term of affection and endearment, Other-Than-Black folk so doing are considered RACIST!.
NOW, this has been raised a notch, as a Black Woman took her Black boss to court over use of such language in the workplace. And won.
$250,000.00 !!! in compensatory damages.
The jury returns Tuesday next to decide PUNITIVE DAMAGES !!
Lenny Bruce was a standup comedian in the early 60s who was essentially the first ‘shock jock’. He was (in)famous for coming out on stage and spewing a litany of foul epithets, including the ‘word’ N*GGER.
He explained in interviews that in so doing, he was a attempting to desensitize use of such language, to render it’s harm meaningless.
Obviously, his screed didn’t work. Now even Black people can offend other Black people, and pay for doing so financially.
Now, while I don’t support hurtful language, I do support The First Amendment. And, surprisingly, common sense and courtesy.
Let’s all keep our tongues civil, shall we? Especially in the workplace.
If Lenny hadn’t died of a heroin overdose in 1966, perhaps we wouldn’t have such goings-on.