Friday, January 26, 2007

"N-Word" Ban Update

Brazoria mayor ends battle to ban racial epithet | - Houston Chronicle: "By RICHARD STEWART
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

After facing intense opposition against a proposed ordinance that would have outlawed the use of the 'n-word' in his town, Brazoria Mayor Ken Corley announced Thursday he would drop the proposal altogether.

Corley's decision brought applause from most of the 200 people who gathered in the middle of Main Street to discuss the issue.

The meeting was held outside Thursday because the town's council chamber is too small.

Though almost all speakers said they condemned the use of racial epithets, most said the Brazoria County town of 2,800 has few racial problems, and the proposed ordinance would cause more problems than it would cure.

'I'm embarrassed for my little town,' said Bill Lott, who is white. 'We need to unite, not divide.'

The Rev. Melvin Johnson, who is black, said he thought it was wrong to single out one word."

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