The "N" Word
Aight, so I'm watching CNN and comedian Paul Moody claims he's going to stop using the "N" word after all of the controversy surrounding Michael Richards' well publicized tirade. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters says it's time to erase the "N" word from the vocabulary.
In theory it sounds great. The word is controversial, it's tied to this country's painful past, and there are two standards: on one hand it's cool if blacks use the word with each other, but if a white person says it... Watch out!
Comedians like Richard Pryor (RIP) and most recently Dave Chapelle have used the word as part of comic relief, and saying it is almost mandatory in rap music. So while the debate continues, think if you're ready to forgive Richards for his few minutes of madness.