Will Drama Over the N-Word Ever Go Away?

From Chevy Chase's on-set rant to Sharmeka Moffitt's case, the slur still manages to stir the pot.

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If words actually hurt and language is powerful, then why do we continue to take chances with the n-word, whether it's Chase using it to prove a point or Moffitt allegedly using it as part of some sort of elaborate hoax? When will people stop inflicting the injurious nature of the n-word on themselves and others?

The answer is that no one wants to take responsibility for the real-world consequences of the use of the n-word, which is why folks continue using it, even when trying to make a point against the use of it. These recent acts speak volumes about how problematic the term remains, whatever the circumstance.

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is editor-at-large for The Root. She is also editor-in-chief of the Burton Wire, a blog dedicated to world news related to the African Diaspora and global culture. Follow her on Twitter.

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Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is founder and editor-in-chief of the Burton Wire. A media scholar and critic who is an expert on the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality with film, television and new media, Burton is associate professor of communication and media studies at Goucher College in Baltimore. Follow her on Twitter.

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