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The n-word

An interactive project exploring a singular word

The n-word may be the most divisive word in the English language, and its spread in popular culture has been the subject of renewed academic focus in recent years. After the National Football League made the controversial decision to ban it on the field this year, a team of Washington Post journalists explored the history of the word, its evolution and its place in American vernacular today.

The n-word may be the most divisive word in the English language, and its spread in popular culture has been the subject of renewed academic focus. After the NFL made the decision to ban it on the field this year, a team of Washington Post journalists explored the word’s history, evolution and place in American vernacular today.

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Is it only that sensitive in the United States or do other countries face this problem as well?

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what makes the n-word a problem for some people?

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What is the point of using the n-word in your conversation ?

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What's the purpose of us using the n-word in music when it is offensive to some people?

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they want to end the word from being used , great, i'm all with it, but how will they do that , know we all have the freedom of speech?

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Will the use of the n-word ever be completely diminished?

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If the N-word is offensive when a particular race uses it, then what makes it acceptable to use it amongst the African American race?

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