N-word champion issues statement about OU
By StaffMarch 19, 2015, 10 a.m. - Fort Valley State University’s Criminal Justice professor, Attorney Roy Miller, commented today on N-word usage and a fraternity’s misconduct at the University of Oklahoma.
“The world changes without notice. Prior to 1994 the typical worldwide dictionary definition of the N-word was something like (N-word: any dark skinned or colored person. Obscene, Profane - see negro). This could never apply to an innocent black baby or child and amounted to defamation. In 1994, I became the first and only person to succeed at having the N-word deleted from a major dictionary (Funk & Wagnall’s). By having an expert of words agree in writing that the definition was unacceptable and to take the N-word out of future publications, this powerful decision somewhat forced other dictionaries to follow suit. Today no child in the United States or around the world has to see such or deal with such a demeaning definition. The impact in educational settings for black children and for all children is immeasurable.
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"Who may use the N-word and claim that it is acceptable. For one race to claim privilege to N-word usage is like the cheating husband claiming that it is okay for him to cheat, but not the wife. Legally in the United States, due process demands that if a right is given to some it is therefore available to all. Of course, what is socially acceptable is different from what is a crime. Social misuse of the N-word may escape criminal charges; however, it may serve as evidence to support a hate crime type criminal charge.
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"The University of Oklahoma’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, usage of the N-word should fall into the category - do so at your own risk. Obvious university image damage leads to loss of money and its ability to recruit minorities. N-word usage is a symptom connected to a potentially lethal problem with uncontrollable and unpredictable consequence. Blacks and whites take on a risk whenever they use the N-word and hope that it doesn’t come back to bite them. We must acknowledge that everyone in a hate group does not have a sincere heart for hate, the same as not everyone in a gang has a sincere heart for violence. Most people in such groups are foolish followers. I feel it important to focus on leaders of groups, rather than on followers.”
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