A few weeks back, there was some discussion in the paper about the N-word.
Earlier this year, the NFL began formal discussions on whether the N-word should be banned, and if so what penalty should be levied against a player for using it.
African-American Richard Sherman, football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, thinks banning the N-word is in itself racist. He noted, “It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”
Sherman added that when spoken by an African-American and pronounced ending in “-a”, it is not racist. In fact, in that situation, it’s considered a term of endearment.
Term of endearment? Harry Carlson, another African American NFL player, but from a generation prior, disagrees. He challenged younger players who use the “-a” version to “go visit your grandfather and use it on him. See how endeared he feels!”