L.A. asks for end to use of the `N’ word

first_imgParks said he was encouraged by community activists to call for the moratorium to bring attention to the one-year anniversary of the incident involving comedian Michael Richards, who directed the word to members of his audience at a comedy club. “We should celebrate that as an opportunity to bring attention to it,” Parks said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is African-American, said she still recalls how the use of the word when she was growing up affected her. “To this day, I remember how I felt and I remember who used it against me,” Perry said. Courts say officials can’t ban the use of the word because of free speech provisions in the Constitution, but the council has adopted rules of decorum allowing them to rule certain speech out of order. Los Angeles city officials called Friday for a moratorium on the use of the “N” word as a matter of both civility and respect for the black community. Councilman Bernard Parks, who came up with the idea and authored a resolution, said he recognized the measure was limited in its scope. “I recognize this is not going to solve poverty or world hunger or all the other ills of the world,” Parks said. “But it brings attention to the idea that the use of this word – whether among friends, in music or before the City Council – it is a word that causes trauma and violence.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more