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New York bans ‘nigger’ slur: Eroding free speech in America? March 1, 2007

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Is it racist for New York City to single out one racial slur and turn a blind eye to all the others? Is this constitutional? Is this the first steps of eroding free speech in America? Well regardless of what critics have said, New York City has now officially banned the use of the word ‘nigger’ in a “symbolic gesture.” Newsday.com has published some notable quotes from people in regard to this story. One of these quotes is:

“People are using it out of context. People are also denigrating themselves by using the word and disrespecting their history, disrespecting the history of a people and a country and also putting themselves in a negative light that we need to correct.” _ Councilman Leroy Comrie, sponsor of the bill.

The featured article follows below:

New York City symbolically banned use of the word nigger today, the latest step in a campaign that hopes to expunge the most vile of racial slurs from hip hop music and television.

The City Council unanimously declared a moratorium that carries no penalty but aims to stop youth from casually using the word, considered by most Americans to be the most offensive in the English language.

The New York City measure follows similar resolutions this month by the New York state assembly and state senate, and supporters of the ban are taking their campaign to The Recording Academy, asking it not to nominate musicians for Grammy awards if they use the word in their lyrics.

Many rap artists and young New Yorkers toss the word around as a term of endearment or as a substitute for black, angering some black leaders who consider those who use it as ignorant of the word’s hate-filled history in slavery and segregation.

“This could be the beginning of a movement,” councilman Albert Vann said.

Councilman Leroy Comrie, a sponsor of the moratorium, said the campaign against the word has gained strength since comedian Michael Richards spewed it in a racially charged tirade in Los Angeles.

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Alabama college hosts ‘n-word’ conference February 26, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Alisea McLeod, Andrew Hacker, Black, Blacks, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, Hip Hop, n-word conference, nigga, nigger, racial slurs, Racism, Racist, rap, Stillman College, Tim Robinson.
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With a debate swirling nationwide over the n-word, a historically black college in Alabama has set aside four days to discuss the racial slur.Participants at the conference, which began Thursday and ends Sunday, discussed topics ranging from the origins of the epithet to whether juggling a few letters makes it socially acceptable at the “N” Surrection Conference at Stillman College.

Organizers said the goal of the event is to challenge the use of the n-word “through the use of intelligent dialogue and a thorough examination of black history.”

Debate over the use of the word has escalated in recent months, with comedian Michael Richards’ racial rant prompting black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to urge the public and the entertainment industry to stop using it.

Clarence Sutton Sr., president of the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he’s taken deep offense to the slur since a 1960 incident when a knife-wielding white youth slapped him and said “Nigger, you wanna fight?”

“From that time on in my life, the word nigger was personal. I associated it with the hate and the very deep disdain that this gentleman had perpetrated on me at the time,” he said.

These days, Sutton said, it’s mostly other blacks he finds using the word.

“I’m fighting now because we have lost a generation of young people who don’t know the history associated with that word,” Sutton said.

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The Muhammad Cartoons Go On Trial February 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-racism law, Card, Charlie Hebdo, France, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, French, Islam, Islamic, Muhammad Cartoons, Muhammad Cartoons lawsuit, Muslim, Muslims, Philippe Val, satire, satirized, Union of Islamic Organizations of France.
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Voltaire must be spinning in his grave. Just down the Parisian hill from where the Enlightenment’s greatest satirist is interred, a noisy scrum of intolerance is drawing any public figure with an image to market, clamoring to deliver a sound bite before the row dies down and the cameras move on.

The contest pits the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France against the editors of the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, in a lawsuit citing anti-racism laws over the magazine’s February 2006 publication of those Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that caused a global uproar. The complaint describes the decision to reprint the drawings as “born of a simplistic Islamophobia and purely commercial interests”; as having “insulted people on the basis of religion”; and as a “provocation aimed against the Islamic community.”

The editors of Charlie Hebdo and their incensed backers depict the trial as an assault on free speech by religious intolerance. A paper that thrives on controversy and insult, Charlie Hebdo argues the drawings were published both to support the Danish editors who drew the ire of Muslims around the world, and to make the point that a fully equal and integrated Islam in secular European societies can’t expect to enjoy a deference not accorded to Christianity or Judaism. “The Pope is satirized, the Church is satirized, Christians are satirized and so are Jews — all in a well-established tradition of commentary and humor,” declared Reporters Without Borders general secretary Robert M�nard outside of the court as it opened Wednesday. “Muslims have to get used to the same treatment — and in reality, most have.”

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Man sentenced for racist rant February 7, 2007

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A 19-year-old man ended up in the dock after a racist rant at police officers.

Edward Tugwell, of Test Road, Sompting, launched into the abuse while already under arrest in the back of a police car.

Tugwell, who had no criminal record, was convicted of causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence with his comments.

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He was being taken to custody at Durrington on August 25 last year after being arrested on another charge at the Club East nightclub in Railway Approach, Worthing.

He launched a volley of swearwords at two police officers, accusing them of favouritism towards Asian minorities, who he referred to as “Pakis”.

Tugwell said: “Why do you stick up for the likes of them, coming into this country while we pay their taxes?”

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court today he was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay £43 prosecution costs.

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New York City Council Considers N-Word Ban February 6, 2007

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New York bans ‘nigger’ slur: Eroding free speech in America?

A city politician wants to see the n-word abolished. On the first day of Black History Month, Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie yesterday introduced a resolution calling on New Yorkers to shun the racial slur.

“It’s my hope this resolution will spark a dialogue in all communities and begin to move our society, especially in our entertainment culture, toward a place where the n-word is simply unacceptable to be used in any context,” Comrie said.

Among supporters was Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, who said, “I’m a black man who is someone who is just offended anytime I hear the n-word. No matter who uses the word, it’s totally unacceptable. It’s a word that should be banned from our language altogether.”

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Virginia State University settles discrimination suit January 28, 2007

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RICHMOND, Va. Virginia State University has agreed to pay 600-thousand dollars to a professor who says she was fired in part for holding conservative political viewpoints.

Harris Butler The Third is representing Jean Cobbs. He says the agreement was reached in a January Ninth conference.In a November 2005 suit, Cobbs claimed she was denied her rights to free speech and association when she was fired. Cobbs says V-S-U President Eddie Moore Junior and Provost Eric Thomas retaliated against her for testifying several years ago in a lawsuit filed by a faculty member who claimed the historically black school discriminated against him for being white.The plaintiffs won that lawsuit and awards of more than one million dollars.

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Texas Mayor Singles Out N-Word for Ban January 24, 2007

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It’s one of the most reviled words in the English language, but if one Texas mayor gets his way, getting caught uttering the “N-word” will hit offenders where it hurts.

Mayor Ken Corley of Brazoria, Texas, has proposed a city ordinance that would make using the word in an offensive fashion a crime equal to disturbing the peace and punishable by a fine of up to $500. But legal experts said it’s unlikely the law will stand up to the First Amendment.

“I would like to, if possible, ban all racial slurs,” Corley told FOXNews.com. “We chose this word because it’s the most controversial issue throughout the United States today.”

Corley said the city would like to go after the use of other racial slurs, “but we want to take this one step at a time, depending on public opinion.”

The 62-year-old mayor, who is a self-described “middle-class white boy,” got the idea for the ordinance after watching Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss banning the N-word on TV after “Seinfeld” comedian Michael Richards used it in an act last November.

“The word is not used or abused in the streets of our town; it’s more, amongst the black community, as a term of endearment, OK?” Corley said. “But it is a national issue, and I would like the city of Brazoria to take a leadership role throughout the nation in banning the use of this word.”

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Danes’ Anti-Immigrant Backlash Marks Radical Shift November 23, 2006

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An anti-immigrant backlash, bordering on xenophobia, is sweeping across Europe. Sentiments once associated with ultra right-wing parties are becoming mainstream. Many taboos are being broken — nowhere more starkly than in Denmark — the erstwhile poster child of the welcoming and nurturing welfare state.Earlier this year, that haven of solidarity and liberalism was shaken by violent protests and deaths in the Muslim world over cartoons of Mohammed that were published in a Danish paper. Suddenly, Danes began to see their own Muslim immigrants as a threat to their national identity.

The cartoon crisis hit hard in the Copenhagen commune of Christiania, a bastion of the counterculture where freedom of speech is the paramount value.

Sculptor/welder Charlotte Steem, one of the commune’s 800 residents, says the violence with which some Muslims reacted to the Mohammed cartoons has undermined many of her convictions.

“There are a lot of things I don’t understand in [the] Muslim world,” Steem says. She recognizes the free society of her country but says she doesn’t know whether borders can remain open.

Only a few years ago, Denmark was proud of its open-door policy, and even the mildest critique of immigration would have been labeled racist.

But the mood shifted after Sept. 11, and the terrorist attacks in Europe. After many years of leftist rule, a right-wing government came to power, introducing Europe’s toughest immigration laws.

It also introduced restrictions aimed at curbing forced marriages among Muslims.

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UK Freedom of Speech Based on Race: Free Speech Affirmative Action August 10, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Action, Affirmative, affirmative action, Black bastards, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Collins, David Taylor, Discrimination, expression, Free Speech, Freedom, freedom of expression, Freedom of Speech, grossly offensive, House of Lords, Niggers, offensive, Pakis, Race, Racism, Racist, Speech, UK, Wogs.
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Earlier we brought you the story about how the racist principal of affirmative action was applied to the freedom of speech by a U.S. court judgement. Now it appears that this idea is also being applied in the UK’s House of Lords, as they will decide what is “grossly offensive” based on: “the standards of an open and just multi-racial society” and “taking account of their context and all relevant circumstances.” As well as, they stated that “The test is whether a message is couched in terms liable to cause gross offence to those to whom it relates.” Which seems very reminiscent of what the U.S. court said when restricting free speech based on race, religion, and sexual orientation. The story follows below:
A man who ranted and shouted in telephone calls to his MP should have been convicted for using racist terms that were “grossly offensive”. The offence is a necessary limitation on everyone’s right to freedom of expression, the House of Lords has ruled.

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Freedom of Speech Based on Race: -First Amendment Affirmative Action July 21, 2006

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For forty years, the United States has lived with a variety of government programs applying preferential treatment based on race or gender or both. These programs have generally been limited to education and public contracting.

Recently, in a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision which may provide a foundation for applying preferential treatment to freedom of speech. If allowed to stand, the decision could authorize local governments to set varying limits to free expression, depending on the race, religion, or sexual orientation of the listener.

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