Uber Apologizes For Accidentally Using The ’N’ Word In Customer Support Tweet

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Uber is under fire for sending out a tweet using the “N word,” after customer @realTheeCheney demanded that the ride-sharing refund his money for a bad experience.

According to Mashable the account that Uber responded to is a troll account that will use slang in the display name and when a company’s bot replies it uses the slang in the response.

Uber issued an apology on Twitter and said they are currently investigating how the derogatory tweet got out.

Warriors Star Andre Iguodala Fined $10,000 Over Post-Game Remarks

The NBA fined Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala $10,000 over “inappropriate comments during a postgame media interview,” an organizational press release said on Monday, according to USA Today.

Iguodala raised eyebrows on Friday night during a post-game interview after the team’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he alluded to the powers that be as “master,” and used the N-word.

Iguodala was asked to confirm whether he, along with teammates Stephen CurryKlay Thompson and Draymond Green, would be sitting out Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

“Nope, no clue,” Iguodala replied. “I do what master say.”

“We gotta score more than the other team,” he continued to reporters. “Yep, they want dumb n—-s, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb n—-.”

When asked if the team has internal conflict, Iguodala responded, “What would dumb n—-s say? ‘Just play harder. Figure it out. Change gonna come.’ You know what we used to say. Change gonna come.”

The interview stirred up emotion from critics over Iguodala’s use of the N-word. There were also debates regarding the idea that a mostly White male dominated executive pool in the NBA provides a stark contrast in a league where the majority of athletes are Black.

Others pointed to Iguodala’s remarks as a scathing rebuke of Warrior’s head coach, Steve Kerr.

On Monday, Iguodala explained that his response was part of an inside joke and ultimately expressed regret that his comments caused heightened media attention for the Warriors organization, ESPN reports.

He also made it clear that he has no issues with Coach Kerr. “I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that,” Iguodala said.

Kerr echoed Iguodala’s statements, saying he didn’t believe Iguodala’s comments were directed towards him.

“Andre is one of those guys who likes to stir the pot and has a lot of cryptic messaging at times,” Kerr said. “[He] jokes around. I didn’t take anything from it. It’s just Andre being Andre”.



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CNN Host Apologizes For Comparing The Term ‘Fake News’ To This Racial Slur

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo received major backlash on Thursday for his comments during a recent radio interview in which he compared the term “fake news” to the N-word.

Cuomo said that as a journalist, being called “fake news” is the equivalent of “the N-word.” He added, “It’s like an ethnic disparagement. We all have these ugly words for people, that’s the one for journalists.” After feeling the wrath of the internet, the host took to social media to apologize about his statement, tweeting:

Cuomo’s initial comments were made in response to a tweet from Donald Trump, in which he refers to one of Cuomo’s recent interviews as “fake news.”

Another day, another cultural lesson learned.

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Utah Teacher Punished For Using N-Word In Class

A Utah school district made it clear that it’s never OK for teachers to use the N-word in the classroom. That’s why officials at the Weber School District said they took administrative action against a White teacher, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Holly Frye told the Associated Press that her 14-year-old son sat through a class in which history teacher Douglas Barker spent an entire period in April saying the word, while defining its meaning and history.

What was the context? The South Ogden Junior High teacher used the racially offensive word before showing his eighth-grade students the Civil War movie, Glory. The film is about a Union Army company of Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Barker explained to the AP that he wanted his students to understand why they would hear the N-word in the film and stated to them that the offensive word is inappropriate.

“My intent has never been to offend, only to teach for understanding with historical context,” Barker told the AP.

But Frye, who is Black, told the news wire that nothing in the curriculum permits Barker to discuss the racially charged word.

“If he were at a KKK rally, I guess that would be OK, but he’s in a public school system,” she told the AP.

She said her son now feels unsafe at school.

A school district spokesman stated to the AP that Barker violated its policy, but offered no details about his punishment, citing privacy rights issues. The spokesman also noted that Barker displayed the Confederate flag in his classroom last year, but voluntarily removed it.

Frye said the district didn’t go far enough. She wants all administrators to take sensitivity training and Barker fired. The teacher needs to be taught the lesson, she told the AP.

SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune, Associated Press | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 


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Ja Rule Addresses White Rap Fans Using The N-Word In Hip Hop

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The use of the n-word in hip hop by white rap fans has been a controversial topic for years.

While some artists have addressed the issue in the past, Ja Rule was asked about it in a recent interview with Vlad TV, and gave quite an interesting answer.

The veteran MC was addressed about his use of the n-word on his family’s reality series, and then moved into the topic of how hip hop can keep white fans from saying the racial slur.

He told the outlet that “there’s no way around” keeping white youth from using the term, even sharing a story of a concert he went to where he heard it.

Ja explained, “It’s Hip Hop, man. The kids listen to Hip Hop. They use the n-word. Point blank, period. There’s no way around it. You know what I mean? I’m at a concert the other day. Nothing but white kids at the concert. Metro Boomin is deejaying and shit, right? What does he throw on? ‘All day, nigga’…And he’s fading the ‘nigga’ part. And those white kids are singing that ‘nigga’ word like a mothafucka. You know what I’m saying? I’m up in the balcony dying laughing because I’m like ‘Yo, what do you expect them to do? What do you think they’re gonna do?’ To them it’s a song. They just singing a song, having fun. So, now what do you do? Not play that song when you have a white audience and you deejaying? I don’t know—I really don’t know how to combat this.”

He then uses Justin Bieber as an example of somebody who may have received a pass to say it because of his age, as it surfaced in old footage of the singer.

Ja Rule stated, “Let’s bring Justin Bieber into this for a great example. He has the video that came out a few years ago. He’s singing ‘one lonely nigga’ or whatever. He got a pass. He got a pass because we all looked at it like ‘He’s a kid. He doesn’t know no better. He probably doesn’t even know the history of the word.’ But he got a pass. I don’t know why he got a pass, but he got a fuckin’ pass. It’s hard to determine who can say the word, who cannot say the word…The word has a different meaning now. It’s not the same.”

What are your thoughts on white rap fans using the n-word? Can it be prevented?


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Pennsylvania Police Chief Apologies For Using N-Word In Fundraising Email

The future police chief of a town in Pennsylvania has issued an apology for using the n-word in an email.

According to WKNBThomas Burke, who is white, sent the email in April to raise money and books for the residents of Sharon and Farrell.

“Even $1.00 will be greatly appreciated,” the email said. “Them Sharon n***as gotta learn how to read.”

Burke gave a public apology Monday, just months before his tenure as Farrell’s Police Chief begins in January.

WKBN 27 reports:

“To everybody here, to everybody out there, my deepest. I cannot tell you, from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry. I apologize deeply,” he said.

An upcoming community meeting is being organized at the request of community leaders and the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan, who is Black, says be believes Burke’s apology is sincere, therefore he won’t face any disciplinary action.

“Until you get to know a man’s character, you can’t judge him by one off-the-cuff remark, or else we would have to judge all white people as equally guilty,” McKeithan said. “I have spoken with Mr. Burke and consider the matter as closed.”

The town remains divided on Burke’s comments. Mercer County President Monica Gregory is hoping their meeting will help Burke understand the repercussions of his actions. Farrell, low-income community, has a large African-American community. City Data reports 48.2 percent of African-Americans reside in the town, followed by 45 percent Caucasian residents.



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Hospital Patient Gets Shot By Security Guard While In Treatment & More News You Need To Know

Doctors Are Outraged After A Patient Was Shot By Police On Hospital Grounds

In the video above, Alan Christopher Pean, a 26-year-old patient who turned himself in at Houston’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center for an anxiety attack, is thanking his supporters for the care he has received after being shot in the chest by security guard O. Ortega.

Pean, Ortega, and another guard, R. Law got into a scuffle after hospital staff members reported Pean as combative; however, medical professionals have been complaining that things went too far, as they say that the shooting was “inexcusable” and that the patient should have never been hurt while seeking medical attention. Pean’s shooting injury is indicative of a larger problem, as shootings on hospital grounds have increased from nine per year to almost 17 from 2000 to 2011. Read more on the story at The Huffington Post.

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Obama Says N*gger, Cable News Goes Wild

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“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n*gger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

These are the words of President Barack Obama during his recent appearance on Comedian Marc Maron’s podcast, “WTF.” Obama flew into Maron’s recording studio to talk about a range of topics, largely on his wavering acceptance and enthusiasm from the American public, what has and hasn’t been accomplished during his term and the lessons he’s learned before and during his time in the Oval Office.

It was a bold move by the president, who is generally reserved when it comes to discussions on race. The candid comments immediately ignited a media firestorm, with nearly all of the major outlets debating whether the use of the word to make a point about race was the wrong choice.

“Obama Uses N-Word On Purpose,” one CNN headline proclaimed, their shock radiating in their words.


“If he talks like that in public — I can only imagine what he says in private,” a Fox News writer declared.

The debates themselves show just how far the media missed the point, not to mention how far we still have to go when it comes to progress, an observation that was not lost on the president.

“Progress in a democracy is never instantaneous. It’s always partial. You can’t get cynical or frustrated because you didn’t get there immediately…The question is given the way we’re starting now, how do we move as best we can in the right direction?”

He also listed the incremental gains he’s made in restoring 401(k)s, ending two wars and securing healthcare for millions of Americans that were previously uninsured. Still, Obama expresses that he understands Americans’ frustration, cynicism and resulting detachment with the government and the voting process. In his view, lack of motivation from voters is one of the most damning issues that impacts Americans, as their lack of engagement can in turn leave them behind with policies that conflict with their needs and priorities.

“One of the challenges that I’ve had to adapt to—and I think this is where hopefully I’ve gotten better as a president—is to recognize that it’s not enough to be right or to get the policy to be right. It’s also important to be able to communicate it in a way that is digestible easily enough for the public but you can move the needle of public opinion and sometimes it’s just a matter of you being able to get enough folks in Congress who share your views to have the votes to get stuff done.”

Among his various statements, Obama’s commentary on racism were equally striking. He jokes that he is a highly optimistic man, and says that even in light of the recent brutalities and homicides we’ve seen against Black bodies at the hands of the police and white supremacists, there’s been measurable progress in race relations in the 20th and 21st Century. Yet he continues to say that the legacy of racism from slavery and Jim Crow is still deeply ingrained in American society.

“Progress is real and we have to take hope from that progress. But what is also real is that the march isn’t over.”

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He Tried It! Chet Hanks Explains Why He Can Say The N-Word

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Today in You Tried it News…

Chet Hanks, son of iconic actor Tom Hanks, wants everyone who has something to say about his use of the n-word to know that he can say it if he wants to. Yup. This privileged sumumabish posted a statement and video on his Instagram claiming that hip-hop isn’t about race, and that it’s about the culture you identify with. He added, “can’t nobody tell me what I can say.”


Let’s start with what hip-hop is about, because that’s complicated. When hip-hop started in the late 70s, it was about originality and celebrating a culture of young people who were often marginalized and yes, there were White hip-hop heads early on, but they knew better and would get checked quick if they overstepped their boundaries. Hip-hop has since morphed and been bastardizded (or evolved depending on who you’re talking to) over the decades, and I’m not sure what it’s about other than “mainstream appeal” (read money), and often, habitual line steppers are allowed to keep line stepping under the guise of hip-hop being global (read: Iggy Azalea being let off the hook for the slave master line).

Now about that pesky n-word. This is a debate that will continue to be circular, because some people think it should be eradicated and others think it’s okay to say as long as you’re using the version that ends with the “a” and not the “er,” and both sides are at a stalemate. Then you have the White folks like Chet Hanks who probably have a Black friend that allows him to say it because he’s “down,” despite knowing why it’s not okay for him to say it. He said in that Instagram video that he knows most of us aren’t going to get it since the history of the word is still fresh, but you know, he can say whatever he wants, because, hip-hop and rebel, and…whatever…

Someone who actually respected the culture wouldn’t say it on g.p.

Some people will say that  that the only reason non-Black people continue thinking it’s okay to say the n-word is because rappers say it, but that’s a cop out. We all have logic enough to know why it’s not okay as Hanks mentioned in that video. There is a long, deep, ugly history attached to the word, and for the Black kids who began using the version ending with an “a” in hip-hop, it was a way for them to take away some of the word’s awful stigma and reclaim its power. But again, let’s not forget that Chet Hanks is privileged. Usually, in the case of the word, privileged people balk  when they’re told they can’t say it with the trite retort, “Why can’t I say it if they can?” Knowing full well why. Chet Hanks is just disguising that same privilege as someone who, in his mind, gets a pass because he is  immersed in the culture.

Here’s his full statement:

If I say the word nigga I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say “fuck yall hatin ass niggaz” it’s because that’s really how I felt at the time. And I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH. Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe era might have strong feelings against this. And that’s understandable… But what I’m saying is this is 2015… And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and fucked up system… We have also reached a point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so choose. And who is to say only black people can use it? The way I see it, it’s a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing. It’s a word that can be used out of camaraderie and love, not just exclusively for black people. What’s the point in putting all these built up “rules” about it. It’s time to let go. You can hate me or love me for it, but can’t nobody tell me what I can or can’t say. It’s got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It’s about the culture of the music. And that’s all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It’s all love. Some people will get it, some people won’t. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the fuck I want. ALL LOVE.

That’s all fine until he says it around the wrong people.

Chet Hanks, you tried it!

Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit From White Teacher Suspended For Using N-Word

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A federal judge on Thursday tossed out a civil suit filed by a White Chicago public school teacher who claims he should not have been disciplined for using the n-word in class during a “teachable moment” in front of mostly Black sixth-graders, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

U.S. District Judge Manish Shah upheld the board’s discipline of Lincoln Brown, 48, rebuffing the argument that his constitutional rights were violated when he was suspended without pay from Murray Language Academy for five days in 2011 following the incident, writes the news outlet.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Public employers can regulate the speech of their employees without regard to First Amendment limits when the speech at issue is uttered in the course of the employee’s duties,” Shah wrote in a 15-page opinion. “There is now no dispute that teachers may not use racial, cultural and ethnic epithets in the classroom; this policy was in place before Brown’s conduct in this case; and Brown knew it.”…

Brown sued his principal, the Board of Education and the city of Chicago, alleging that his First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated for attempting “to teach his class . . . an important lesson in vocabulary, civility and race relations.”

The Sun-Times could not reach Brown for comment, but his attorney, William Spielberger, says his client intends to appeal the decision.

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Can Everyone Please Stop Debating N-Word?

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As much work as the people behind the Washington Post’s interactive project on “The N-Word” likely put in, its biggest and only beneficiaries are those who profited from the traffic it generated. Sure, the publication tried to argue the purpose of its package. When you venture on to the site, you are greeted with this message: “After the National Football League made the controversial decision to ban it on the field this year, a team of Washington Post journalists explored the history of the word, its evolution, and its place in American vernacular today.”

This, despite the reality that such exploration has been done for what feels like a million times already. I’m probably really close to the exact number.

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It may be serious in its presentation, but no serious person could expect any real evolution from long-established points: the word isn’t going anywhere; some Black people will continue to use “nigga,” and they are well within their rights to take a slur and morph it into a colloquialism they feel comfortable with; some Black people will never feel comfortable about “nigga” and they are well within their rights to hold that opinion; and most will reach an accord that a White person who uses “nigga” should immediately lose their lips and tongue.

Another basic albeit inconvenient truth is that it’s easier to have a conversation about “the n-word” than racism.

It’s not even a symptom of systematic racism so much as it is a response to that. A response that’s relatively small when you consider everything else going on right now.

The Washington Post makes note of this point of view, but where is the big interactive project on that?

A project that examines just how detrimental institutionalized racism is and how strongly it presses on. Just check the Washington Post masthead — particularly the very top of it.

Even if Black people took part in the project, this is another instance of White people holding a magnifying glass to Black people when they ought to be standing tall in the mirror, wondering just when are they going to give Black people a fighting chance in this country. Instead, we go for repetition and the superficial. And not surprisingly, we are met with the same results.

Enter television personality and unapologetic troll Piers Morgan (pictured), who wrote the essay “If Black Americans Want the N-word To die, They Will Have To Kill It Themselves,” where he attempts to tell Black people about themselves when it comes to the vernacular remix of “n*gger.”

Like other White men who have no realistic concept of racism because it has never been a factor in their lives, Morgan offers a naïve assessment of how racism works.

Black people are victims of racism. We cope with the conditions we’ve been given. It is not our responsibility to solve the problem we did not create.

It’s hilarious that a British White man wants to tell Black Americans about the state of race when he’s from a country long criticized for not even acknowledging Black people and culture.

In any event, Morgan got the attention he wanted from John Legend and writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Rebecca Carroll. And now me. He’s been smug in all of his responses to the aforementioned and basically told Black Twitter to shut up given he covered Trayvon Martin.

You know, despite it being those very members of Black Twitter who helped up the volume on the journalists and activists who worked to have the story of Trayvon’s tragedy told.

Problem is, the aforementioned Morgan critics do their part to raise the state of conversations about race, but they are drowned out by institutions like the Washington Post and high-profile media personalities like Piers Morgan no matter how reductive the narrative or simplistic their argument is.

We deserve better.

Yet to answer my own question, “Can everyone please stop debating ‘The N-Word?’” No. Because the structure is set up to keep the conversation about race on the superficial and spectacle than the substantive. I wish I had an answer to this, but much like my choice to make “nigga” my own, I can only deal with the conditions I’m provided with. As best I can.

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Nipsey Hussle Chats N-Word Use With Larry King

Larry King had Nipsey Hussle on his panel to chat about who could use the N-Word. “I do think we are improving,” he said. “I do think there is a big difference between the word “n***er” with the intent to be a racial slur, when you say ‘You n****r’ or ‘Get those n****rs out of here, that’s very offensive and no one here is going to take the stance and say that it isn’t. ” Most of Hussle’s comments would go along with a few people I know, especially when he comments about growing up & using the word. “We grew up in an area where you say ‘that’s my n***a, that’s my homeboy, it was before us it was the language. When we would come outside that was what we experienced. You hear words and learn what they mean and we weren’t offended by it because of the intention.”

Justin Beiber Speaks Out On His Controversial N-Word Footage! [VIDEO]

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Justin Beiber has come forth in a public statement apologizing for his use of the n-word after footage leaked of him being a young teen making racial jokes.  In the footage, a young Justin talks about black people being afraid of chainsaws and the sound the chainsaw makes sounding like the n-word.  Justin wrote his apology on twitter stating,

“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.”-Justin Beiber’s twitter

Here is the controversial video below of young Justin Beiber speaking on black people and the n-word.  Warning: Language on this video is derogatory and racist!


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Common Breaks Down His Commitment To The N Word On ESPN

So Common recently broke down the reasons “we” use the N Word and the reason “they” should stay out of it.  You say what?


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Calling A Black Man “A Thug” Means Your Actually Calling Him The N-Word

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If you follow NFL football then you’ve seen the meme’s and video clips or Richard Sherman and his post playoff game rant after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. His loud and brash post game interview has America calling him “A Thug,” and a hoodlum, but how are people justifying calling this Stanford University graduate a Thug?  Well I am here to tell you, if you call a black man “A Thug,” it means your actually calling him a nigger.

The N-word has been highly debated in the media over the past few months. Some using it as a tool to spark conversation about race relations in America. The racist side of America finds ways around the word, by dubbing someone who doesn’t fit there mold of  a normal black man a “Thug” and disgrace to his race. This is evident because black men like Richard Sherman are being called thugs without merit or basis. Twitter trolls attack his account with racism and hatred. The day after the Seahawks’ win, the word “thug” was uttered 625 times on American television.

In a recent interview Sherman was asked about  his critics’ use of the word “thug.”

“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know.”


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Chuck D: Don’t Believe Suge Knight’s N-Word Hype


Former Death Row Records boss Suge Knight landed himself in a mess of controversy earlier this week when hje told TMZ that he would rather be called a ni**er rather than African-American. Knight’s opinion led the gossip site to put a poll in the post asking whether Black people should be called Afrifcan-American or ni**as. Well, that didn’t sit well with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and he had a few choice words for TMZ and Suge Knight.


Chuck D does agree that African-American isn’t a proper term to describe Black Americans because technically actress Charlize Theron is African-American. However, Chuck D says the word is too connected to a history of blood, lynchings, and oppression to just be thrown around the way it is. “Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water. Being a Nig**r or [Ni**a] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim.”

As a matter of fact, Chuck D believes that any rapper who uses the epithet in a song more than three times is just being lazy and shows a lack of creativity. So these young rappers better get on their jobs because they use the n-word all of the time, which means they need to get more creative with their wordplay.

What do you think about the n-word debate? Sound off.



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