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Published:January 25th, 2007 03:37 EST
You Have Never Used the N Word?

You Have Never Used the N Word?

By John Lillpop

Because life in the city of Brazoria, Texas, is as close to Heaven as God will allow, Mayor Ken Corley has been forced to create controversy just to assure that Brazoria does not fall into oblivion.

As a result, the mayor has proposed a city ordinance that would make certain uses of the N word a crime , equal to disturbing the peace and punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The actual language in the ordinance seeks seeks to punish those who use the word in an "offensive manner." What, one wonders, would constitute a non-offensive use?

Apparently the ordinance addresses that question somewhat by providing a loophole for instances in which the word is used as a "term of endearment." Talk about creating job security for lawyers!

Legal experts said it’s unlikely Corley's pipe dream will stand up to the First Amendment.

Or as another noted legal expert opined, " It's a well-intentioned effort, but it's a well-intentioned unconstitutional effort."

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