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The Lookout | October 19, 2018

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‘The N Word’ is great success

‘The N Word’ is great success

Shelby Schueller
News Editor

LCC students, faculty and staff of all ages and races gathered on Feb. 11 to discuss what has been called the most offensive word in the English language: the N word.

The discussion was part of the “Difficult Dialogues” series and Black History Month Event sponsored by LCC’s Black Student Union.

The event was held in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, located behind Campus Resources in the Gannon Star Zone.

“This discussion exceeded my expectations,” said Sarah Hardin, Black Student Union member and co-facilitator of the discussion. “The discussion topic is very sensitive for some people to talk about, because it can be uncomfortable addressing topics like this without offending anyone.”

Approximately 50 people attended the event to voice opinions and hear the thoughts of others on all aspects of the word.

Participants of the discussion evaluated numerous parts of the N word.

This included the definition of the word, how it has changed throughout history, whether or not there is any situation when it would be acceptable to use and reasons it is considered offensive or not offensive.

Hardin said the discussion met its goal to “make people aware of controversial issues and not to be afraid to talk about things that might be uncomfortable, or to have a different opinion about something and be able to address it respectfully (and) to gain a better understanding of the issue.”

LCC Student Andre Sheppard said he thought the discussion was very needed.

Sheppard said his favorite part of the discussion was “hearing the different generations and different types of people and their take on the word because … the opinions that I didn’t agree with didn’t make them any less valued.”

Sheppard said he felt the atmosphere at LCC helped foster the conversation.

“I think that LCC is a very safe space and I enjoy coming to campus even if I’m doing horribly in my classes or have a ton of homework. I still enjoy being on campus and … in this environment.”

For more info about the Black Student Union, contact Club President Edward Wol at wol468@gmail.com. For more about the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, visit www.lcc.edu/resources/the_centre.

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