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September 3rd, 2013
08:48 PM ET

Black employee wins "N-Word" lawsuit; is its use ever OK?

There can be a very high cost of using the "N-Word."

Tonight, a federal jury in New York has ordered the owner of an organization to pay a former employee $30,000 dollars in punitive damages for calling her the N-Word multiple times.

That jury already rejected the defense's argument that using the N-word was culturally acceptable because both the victim and her boss are black. We've talked extensively about this word and examined when – if ever – its use is appropriate.

OutFront tonight are CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill.


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  1. Mert Proctor

    I have a unique story I would like to share by phone with your Don Lemon. I was the only white on an all-black baseball team in 1951 in Columbia, Missouri, when our catcher, "Bullet" Reeves gave me explicit instructions about use of what is now called "The "n-word." I had been denied a spot on the local town team because I was an out-of-towner, but the Black Braves gave me a spot for two successive summers. Not just highly unusual, but truly unique...and funny.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  2. John

    I am glad she won her law suit. The hold idea that some one I my race ca just call me the n word is just plai ignorant. Culturally acceptable by who, another **gger calling some one any thing other than their name, or Mr or Ms.

    September 4, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply

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