NFL Shouldn't Censor the N-Word on the Field

NFL referees will likely penalize teams for players' use of the N-word during games this fall. "The officials will be empowered to call a foul if there are racial slurs or statements regarding another player's sexual orientation," St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said last week. "[The N-word] falls under that. It is going to be a very significant point of emphasis." Fisher is part of the league's competition committee, which proposes rules for the owners to vote on.

It is not an NFL referee's job to censor athletes. Refs are there to call games impartially.

This is just another attempt by the league to rein in outspoken black players such as the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, who thinks banning the N-word is a dumb idea. I agree. It impossible to get rid of the N-word. Though African-Americans are split on its use, the word is a part of black culture.

Younger, liberal generations that grew up on rap music and MTV embrace it as part of their daily dialogue. They use it in both derogatory and complimentary ways. For instance, if I say, "That's my nigga," I'm calling someone my pal or my buddy. And "What's up, nigga?" is the equivalent of "Hey, guy, what's going on?" Hip-hop artists have been using the N-word in this context since the '80s.

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Now, if a black man has a friend who stabs him in the back, burglarizes his house, or sleeps with his significant other, that's a "fuck nigga." On the football field, you might see a defensive player trying to take out a wide receiver's legs and injure him. The wide receiver is likely to get in his opponent's face and scream, "That was some fuck nigga shit you just did."

That's completely different from an incident before last season involving Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who is white. At a country music concert, the University of Florida alum was caught on video saying, "I will fight every nigger in here."

It is not an NFL referee's job to censor athletes. Refs are there to call games impartially, regardless of what players say to one another in the heat of battle.

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PS: I do understand your point, there's a lot of testosterone flying around out there. But don't you think we should just try and evolve out of this thought pattern? This N-word revived by the youth culture is now crossing racial lines. To those of us who are older, it brings a slap to the face, and makes me glow with red. That my ancestors could think along these lines is abhorring. I am not my Great Great Grandfather's mind, rather a brand new soul, that wants the future to be great for all of us. ALL OF US. We are on this ship called Earth together. Perhaps I'm a Dreamer, but I feel we need to cut to the chase, and quick. Too much we need to fix here on Earth to judge a fellow Human over skin tone. Just too petty. I don't do petty.


I don't know near as much about this as you do Luther. I was born (thankfully) after blacks were given their entire set of rights, at least on paper. I was brought up by a family who never subjected us to racism on any level. We were a lucky white family, allowed to make up our own minds.

I found it astonishing that anyone could think for a moment they had the right to 'own' another human being, much less our devaluement of creatures that walk on 4 legs. I was a child, wild and free.

I loved the world.The Green. The Forest. The Lakes, the Trees, Grew up. All you had to do was look into the eyes of passerbys,Their eyes...

I guess it's just what kind of soul you were born with. 

Bottom line: I would cringe as a white person if I personally heard another person spat out the N-word. Maybe it has a different meaning for some, but to me it's horrifying


For the first time I agree with my nigga Luke.


This is a matter that should have been resolved by the Black community ages ago, it wasn't, so now the NFL finds itself saddled with something that's gotten way out of hand. Richard Sherman is a perfect example as to why the Black community have been negligent in resolving the matter, nobody seems to have the backbone to stand up and face the issue and don't want anyone else demonstrating any backbone to tackle it. Richard Sherman and all other African American users of the term, their problem isn't necessarily with the NFL it's with anyone who dares to try and stop them from using the n-word:

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