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Time to retire the n word

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Time to retire the n word


It’s time to retire the n word. That’s what the movie Selma has taught me. To see people fight without violence, without immobilizing fear and without selfish intentions for our right to vote, I am positively sure that we should kill and bury the n word and replace it with something more suitable for describing who we really are. We should be using words like warriors, survivors, champions, heroes, fighters, brave-ones…I believe that when we change what we call and how we see ourselves we will change our expectations of the future. The people who marched in Selma were fearless heroes, now that’s what I want to be called one day.


The NFL’s decision to draft the first openly gay player has sparked many unexpected feelings in me. I’ve spent the last few hours rooting for a man I do not know because I feel that what happens to him indirectly impacts every one of us. As an African-American, I am sensitive to the mistreatment of people thriving to live free in a country that prides itself on upholding the values of a democratic society. Michael Sam is proof that a person’s sexual orientation should never negate their right to achieve the American dream. I am proud that the Rams decided to focus on his talent, placed him one step closer to making the roster and looked beyond the fears of those pushing to alienate him because he is different.

I am not an advocate for any given cause but I am someone who believes in fairness and fearlessness.

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