I can give you plenty of examples of racist and hate speech that don't use that inflammatory word at all. How about this?
"This problem ends if you get rid of the negros. Any black man 20 years of age or older not working without a degree gets shipped off to the military. Make them the first wave in any assault."
"THIS TRASH AND THE SALSA COCKROACH TYPE ALIKE ARE RUINING THE LEHIGH VALLEY AND THE POCONOS!!!!!!!!!"
Is there some local KKK blog, you ask? Nah, it's just The Morning Call's reader forum, home of the Lehigh Valley's lowest common denominator among human beings. Racism is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley, and The Morning Call permits racist remarks (so long as no inflammatory words are used) because it generates interest and ad revenues. Isn't it nice that bigots have a place to meet and talk? Maybe some of them are dating and will produce some little bigots.
The Morning Call gods were supposed to discuss this matter with me in a conference call in January, but they're probably too busy selling ads.
Instead of discussing it with them, I'll bring up this topic at breakfast to be conducted this June by a consortium of groups - including The No Place for Hate Initiative - deeply concerned about what is happening in Allentown.
Why don't you come and offer your suggestions, too?
When/Cuando: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008
Breakfast 7 AM, Program 7:30 AM – 9 AM
What: Community Dialogue: Allentown a “NO PLACE FOR HATE” City
Where/Donde: The Palace Banquet and Conference Center, 623 Hanover Ave, Allentown 18109 (former Ice Palace Skating Rink)
Register: Please contact Nicholas Butterfield, Human Relations Officer, at 610-437-7616 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by Monday, June 2, 2008. Para asistencia en Español llame a Erlinda Aguiar al 610-439-5976.