Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The NAACP To Hold Funeral For 'N' Word

The NAACP To Hold Funeral For 'N' Word

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The NAACP is reportedly holding a funeral this summer in Detroit for the "N" word, in light of the Don Imus controversy.

Much like they did 63 years ago with the symbolic funeral for Jim Crow, the civil rights organization will do the same for the slang term, Rev. Wendell Anthony told the Associated Press on Sunday (April 29).

"We are committed to ending hate -- word and talk," Anthony said. "It doesn't do anyone any good, whether it's a journalist on TV or a rapper on the radio."

The symbolic funeral, which will be held July 7-12 in Detroit, calls for African Americans to boycott music that uses such language.

So far, legendary hip-hop artists such as MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh, have signed on to the campaign, The Detroit News reports.

The announcement comes after Imus sparked national discussion about racial insensitivity, following derogatory comments he made about black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

Although he didn't use the "N" word in those comments, he did use the term "nappy headed hoes." Imus was fired in early April by CBS Radio and NBC after major companies began pulling their advertising spots.

With corporate America taking notice, the NAACP feel that it's time to make something happen.

Jim Crow was the -- mostly Southern -- practice of discrimination against and segregation of blacks from the end of post-Civil War reconstruction into the mid-20th century.


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