Man Accused of Racial Abuse Says He Used N-Word as ‘Term of Endearment’, Blames Hip-Hop

In America, you can say n*gger all you want, and it’s considered protected speech under the Constitution. Even though free speech is not absolute, it does still protect people from being prosecuted over insults, even if those insults are racially motivated.

In the United Kingdom, however, you can be prosecuted for hate speech. One man who used the N-word to address a black man found this out the hard way. Christopher Jones was initially charged by local authorities and courts with racial abuse for using the word.

Jones, a fan of rap music, maintained that he is not a racist, just a fan of rap music who grew up listening to the word being used.

“I am not a racist,” he told The Sentinel. “It was used as slang. For me it is a term of endearment, not something racist.”

He  continued, saying, “I like hip-hop and it is a word that is used all the time in music.”

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said Jones had “repeatedly shouted [the word] from a window to a group on the street” on Sept. 10 of this year.

“Mr. Jones accepted that he used the language alleged but denied it was motivated by hostility,” the representative added. “This was accepted by the magistrates and Mr. Jones was acquitted.”

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3 Responses to Man Accused of Racial Abuse Says He Used N-Word as ‘Term of Endearment’, Blames Hip-Hop

  1. marcus davis December 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This topic again ,does this ever get tiiresome,to those folks that just think its a word and all that other stupid shyte ,would they call their mothers the N WORD ? then come back and say all that crap about it being just a word .I think hip hop has a lot answer for all this retarded BS .You come to some parts of Toronto some of these young fools will be using the N word with white folks and laugh along with them becsue all they do is copy the americans ,same with the africans the exact same shyte no sense non of them.

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  2. Herman Hawkins Jr. December 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    What has commercialized hip hop done to our culture and our society? There was a time when the “N” word was only used casually. Now it is used by anyone any place regardless of race and jokingly I would say. This world is going down the tubes so fast that if we are not careful, we will fall into a bottomless pit.

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  3. Abdullah El Malik Muhammad January 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

    first of all the word endearment means:feels love or affection.And nigger is a word meaning offensive,a lazy black ignorant person as its states in Webster.How do you confuse the two.Its said that” its not what your called but what you answer too” true that as may but being raised in the 50′s and 60′s I still to this day do not like that word and I hate to hear our young children walk around saying it to each other,its just disrespectful.

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