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Parks moves to ban use of N-word in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Wave ^ | 11/8/2007

Posted on 11/10/2007 8:58:00 PM PST by South40

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Bernard Parks Tuesday introduced a resolution symbolically banning the “N” word in Los Angeles.

Nearly a year ago, Michael Richards, who played Kramer on “Seinfeld” repeatedly used the word when he took on a heckler during a stand-up routine at the Laugh Factory and, last week, reality-television figure Duane “Dog” Chapman was excoriated for his use of the derogatory term for blacks.

On Friday, the City Council will vote on the resolution, which is similar to a ban called for by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles.

The word “connotes a lazy person with no self respect or regard for family, a person who is ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities,” Parks wrote in the resolution.

“The council of the city of Los Angeles encourages the residents of Los Angeles to cease using the ‘N’ word and to encourage all others whom they may encounter in their daily routine to cease from using the word as well.''

Richards made national headlines after cell phone video of the Nov. 17 confrontation came to light. He later made an appearance via satellite on the “Late Show with David Letterman” for the sole purpose of apologizing for his rudeness. In July, he announced that he had retired from standup comedy.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: losangeles; nword; speechcodes
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1 posted on 11/10/2007 8:58:01 PM PST by South40
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To: South40

Wonder how they’re going to enforce this in Compton.


2 posted on 11/10/2007 8:58:35 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: Terpfen

The word is banned everywhere...except for Watts.


3 posted on 11/10/2007 8:59:24 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

Yeah, but good luck enforcing it with some of those neighborhoods.


4 posted on 11/10/2007 9:00:00 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: Terpfen

“What’s up my N-word brutha!?”


5 posted on 11/10/2007 9:00:52 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Terpfen

They won’t, Compton is a separate city from Los Angeles.


6 posted on 11/10/2007 9:01:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: South40
Hey Parks. Ya can't legally ban words - you MORON
7 posted on 11/10/2007 9:01:18 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I know, but since I’m unfamiliar with the names of LA’s various districts, that’s the closest I can get.


8 posted on 11/10/2007 9:03:48 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: South40

This article is confusing. I don’t see an example of the “N-word” they are talking of banning. Nepotism? Neophyte? Nuclear fission? What?


9 posted on 11/10/2007 9:03:50 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Terpfen

Not going to be done...or enforced in those neighborhoods...only where predominantly white folk live, if even there.


10 posted on 11/10/2007 9:05:15 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: South40
HERE is one of the most HILARIOUS things I ever saw in my life....
11 posted on 11/10/2007 9:06:28 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: South40

Gonna be hard to do in nearby Hollywood, which uses it regularly in their movies......


12 posted on 11/10/2007 9:06:56 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Rastus
This article is confusing. I don’t see an example of the “N-word” they are talking of banning. Nepotism?

Politicians might ban the word "Nepotism" but they won't ban the practice.

13 posted on 11/10/2007 9:08:02 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: South40

How’s about these 3 little words: FREEDOM OF SPEECH?!

(Not that I condone the use of ‘bad’ words, but this will be a slippery slope if it passes!)


14 posted on 11/10/2007 9:08:15 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: Terpfen
Wonder how they’re going to enforce this in Compton.

They won't. Key word in the first sentence -- "symbolically." Vote it up or vote it down, no matter which, because it doesn't matter. Then move on to matters of substance.

15 posted on 11/10/2007 9:08:20 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: South40
Because we still have people of all races who are

"lazy people with no self respect or regard for family, a person who is ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities,”

We will need a replacement word,

city coucil member.. NO too long. DEMOCRATE!

16 posted on 11/10/2007 9:08:45 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Jeff Head

Indeed. Ain’t liberalism grand?


17 posted on 11/10/2007 9:09:01 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: South40

While you’re at, why not the b-words? (sarc)


18 posted on 11/10/2007 9:09:03 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: South40

I think mostly Blacks use this term anymore. Is there going to be a symbolic punishment for this symbolic banning?


19 posted on 11/10/2007 9:10:17 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
connotes a lazy person with no self respect or regard for family, a person who is ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities There is also about fifteen other words that describe the same thing, maybe they shoud be banned as well.
20 posted on 11/10/2007 9:10:29 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
connotes a lazy person with no self respect or regard for family, a person who is ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities There is also about fifteen other words that describe the same thing, maybe they shoud be banned as well.
21 posted on 11/10/2007 9:10:29 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Rastus

They should start with narcissist. (Like Herr Parks)


22 posted on 11/10/2007 9:10:48 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

And the H-words? And the S-words? And the G-words? And the...


23 posted on 11/10/2007 9:11:32 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: South40
Is "N-word" code for nappy-headed?
24 posted on 11/10/2007 9:12:50 PM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
What do you have against Baptist/sat
25 posted on 11/10/2007 9:13:41 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: All

I just had a thought—if this thing passes and the N-word is banned, and someone actually uses the N-word, will they symbolically be accused of using symbolic ‘hate speech’???


26 posted on 11/10/2007 9:13:56 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: South40

Once upon a time we use to learn etiquette or to be courteous, thoughtful etc.

Women libs and amoral parents fostered this culture of chaos upon society!


27 posted on 11/10/2007 9:17:13 PM PST by restornu (Improve The Shining Moment! Don't let them pass you by... PRESS FORWARD MITT)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
Gonna be hard to do in nearby Hollywood, which uses it regularly in their movies......

What's really frustrating is when a movie uses it in such a way that the plot nearly turns on THAT WORD - and then, when the movie airs on network, something else gets substituted. I saw one movie where a prison riot started over someone being called that - but when the movie showed on Bravo, the word got dubbed in as 'black'. What? We're supposed to think the riot got started because someone used the politically correct term at the time of the movie?

An even more odious example of that is in Die Hard 3, where Bruce Willis is forced to walk through Harlem wearing a sandwich board that says "I HATE NI___RS", which was supposed to get him killed. When the movie showed on network, it said "I HATE EVERYBODY" - what, we're supposed to accept that, instead of blacks killing whites upon extreme provocation by a racial slur, they'll do it just because an equal opportunity hater is marching around town? Aren't they promoting a racist attitude towards blacks by painting this picture?
28 posted on 11/10/2007 9:17:50 PM PST by beezdotcom
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To: pillut48

How can they pass that with out starting to erode the 1st amendment?


29 posted on 11/10/2007 9:18:18 PM PST by restornu (Improve The Shining Moment! Don't let them pass you by... PRESS FORWARD MITT)
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To: pillut48
I'm with you. Take just about anyone and you can find some word/label that they find offensive. I would hope that anyone called an offensive name would have enough self-respect and enough self-esteem to shake it off, know that they are the bigger/better person for not having to resort to name-calling.

The upside of freedom of speech means you can say just about anything you want. (short of the typical "fire" in a crowded theater) The downside is you have to put up with other people expressing their views too.

I often have to just shake my head and laugh at some of these people pushing diversity, tolerance, etc. They are all for tolerance and understanding - right up to the point where they are confronted with someone who is intolerant, opinionated, perhaps even bigoted. Then these proponents of tolerance tend to become some of the most intolerant people in the world. They cannot tolerate intolerance, they must fight it, suppress it, ban it, penalize it, etc. Their hypocrisy can actually be quite funny. But alas, whatever happened to "I disagree with what you say, sir. But I will defend to the death your right to say it!"

As for the LA Law... I guess that means about 50% of the rap songs will be banned within the city limits. Maybe they can fine any radio stations broadcasting into their airspace too. Sounds like another unenforceable, unreasonable, feel-good, do-nothing law.

30 posted on 11/10/2007 9:19:50 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: Rastus

Neener, neener?


31 posted on 11/10/2007 9:20:34 PM PST by donna (Duncan Hunter: US Army, 1969-1971, with service in Vietnam)
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To: South40

“connotes a lazy person with no self respect or regard for family, a person who is ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities,”


All right - which democrats in DC are they referring to?


32 posted on 11/10/2007 9:24:16 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: South40

All the problems and this idiot worries about that?

No wonder things don’t change in the city.


33 posted on 11/10/2007 9:26:36 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: claudiustg
I think mostly Blacks use this term anymore. Is there going to be a symbolic punishment for this symbolic banning?

Maybe hang a noose on their door? ;-)

34 posted on 11/10/2007 9:40:42 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: beezdotcom
What's really frustrating is when a movie uses it in such a way that the plot nearly turns on THAT WORD - and then, when the movie airs on network, something else gets substituted...caught two old-timers on TV just today (still waiting for the leaves to fall to be raked here in S Jersey) in which the N word was used prominently - Trading Places used it to help motivate Eddie Murphy to do in the Duke Brothers when he was sitting in the bathroom stall and heard one of the Dukes say to his brother "Do you think I'd ever let a N- run our family business?" - of course by the time the movie appeared on the Comedy Channel the word vanished in a blip of silence, as you point out.....

And then there was Blazing Saddles where it kinda disappeared as part of the movie, as in "The new sheriff's a Nig-boing" (bell ringing) - hilarious - I don't remember any great protests about even the potential use of the word when the movie came out, but those were days when everyone wasn't out looking to be offended on any excuse......

35 posted on 11/10/2007 9:41:25 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: South40

I think they should just ban rap, it will be easier,
and all the crap coming out of Holliwood as well. They are going to have to throw out all archives of all old movies made before this N word ban came into effect.

Toss it all out, burn it all. And don’t make any more until a complete list of insensitive words are properly banned before making new tv shows and movies. Start fresh with a clean slate.

Of course, something will come along and be nasty and start the process all over again..


36 posted on 11/10/2007 9:57:53 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Rastus
"This article is confusing. I don’t see an example of the “N-word” they are talking of banning. Nepotism? Neophyte? Nuclear fission? What?"

True! You won't know you uttered the word until you are arrested. Then the cop will say you're charged with using the N-word. And the jury will say your guilty of using the N-word. And the Judge will say 'Ten days and $100.00 fine for using the N-word.

And Groucho will say, 'You win the rubber chicken for saying the magic N-word.

And through it all, nobody will tell you what the N-word is. Even when the law is passed, it will be the most ambiguous piece of writing you ever did see.

An underground cult will form, which will be dedicated to chanting the N-word as soon as they find out what it is.

37 posted on 11/10/2007 10:00:21 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: South40

I wonder if they are prepared to fine or arrest a lot of black people if they pursue this.


38 posted on 11/10/2007 10:02:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: Eastbound

I see we’re on the same wavelength. I don’t like the word, either, but if you’re going to report, report.

I like the idea of this cult. It’ll be more mysterious than the Masons.


39 posted on 11/10/2007 10:06:09 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Terpfen
"Wonder how they’re going to enforce this in Compton."

Or against black rappers, comedians, actors and their record labels and studios and show venues.

40 posted on 11/10/2007 10:06:51 PM PST by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Eastbound
To be on the safe side, never __ ever use a word that starts with an "N." "__".
41 posted on 11/10/2007 10:07:48 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: Terpfen
"I know, but since I’m unfamiliar with the names of LA’s various districts, that’s the closest I can get."

Surely you heard the term "South-Central" somewhere in the media.

42 posted on 11/10/2007 10:08:58 PM PST by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Positive

I had actually managed to do a bang-up job of forgetting that term. Thanks for the reminder.


43 posted on 11/10/2007 10:09:59 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: Rastus
Okay, you're a member! The password is "Neener, Neener, Neener!' The counter pass is "Nuh-uh!"
44 posted on 11/10/2007 10:11:26 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: South40

Well, then they should ban the terrible C word. Cracker.


45 posted on 11/10/2007 10:15:48 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: South40
I look forward to their also banning the “H” words, Honky and “Hymietown” and Hillary’s favorite “Jew Bastard”.

I’m sure those will pass also.

It’s good to know our noble lawmakers and esteemed leaders are hard at work doing really important things. I'm sure the entire country "feels" better now.

46 posted on 11/10/2007 10:18:22 PM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: South40

What’s the “N” word? Nothing, nobody, nifty, or nutcase?


47 posted on 11/11/2007 12:14:29 AM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Rastus

“Nattering nabobs of negativism.”


48 posted on 11/11/2007 1:19:29 AM PST by karnage
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To: karnage

It’s hard to believe that Parks was actually the L.A. police chief.


49 posted on 11/11/2007 1:53:56 AM PST by finch
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To: South40

And ban “Cracker” “white bread” “honkey” and a few others. What? You say it won’t happen? You mean this jerk is nothing but a white-hating racist?


50 posted on 11/11/2007 2:37:57 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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