Have I ever been called the "N-word?" Yes. Have I been publically called the "N-Word?" Yes. Have I been around conversation that uses the "N-word" in casual conversation? Yes. Is this a hurtful word? Yes, if used to degrade or put someone down. A public ban doesn't prevent people from privately using it. Nor, does a public ban prevent people from thinking it. Also, if you are banning the word why allow an "exception." When is the "N-word" friendly?
I was always taught that it's not what someone calls you; rather, it's what you respond to. Therefore, what's the basis of this ruling? Is the Mayor saying that the people who use the term are acting like the reference?
What are your thoughts on this? I am VERY interested in hearing what you have to say.