So, there was an interesting debate that went on about whether or not racial slurs that are used as terms of endearment by some Black people be considered offensive is used in the same context by people who are not Black. Are they racial slurs or are they terms of endearment? This is a very touchy topic, because if you listen to the music from many of the Black rappers or if you just sit in on a conversation at a Black barbershop you may hear the N-word a few dozen times, but it's used as a term of endearment mostly in the Black community. Some Blacks feel that it should never be used even if you are a Black person and it's in used in terms of endearment, because of where it came from and how derogatory it has been used against Black people by other races of people.
Mike Pesca who host the podcast The Gist was suspended indefinitely for use the N-word in a debate with colleagues about the use of the racial slur. Apparently there were some who felt like this should not have been a debate at all and that Pesca should have known better. It's seems that Slate has policies in place that warns against the use of such language and because of this Pesca was suspended for being in violation. The full story can be found in the New York Times.
What do you think. Should Pesca had been suspended? I did not see the full transcript about what he actually was debating about and the context in which he used the word, but something tells me it wasn't a derogatory way.
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