The N-Word trial in New York has declared the usage of the N-Word as never appropriate, even if the N-Word is being said by blacks.
A federal jury was faced with deciding what to do with the N-Word. Brandi Johnson said she suffered a “four-minute nigger tirade” about inappropriate workplace attire and unprofessional behavior that led her to cry in the bathroom for 45 minutes. The defense of Rob Carmona was arguing the “usage of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment.” Both Johnson and Carmona are black.
Joe Carmona is a black man who founded STRIVE, an employment agency which attempted to find jobs for black people with troubled histories. In his teenage years Joe Carmona became addicted to heroine and only broke away from that lifestyle with the help of others. Since 1984, STRIVE has helped nearly 50,000 people find jobs. Most of STRIVE’s employees are black women.
Brandi Johnson felt she was being degraded and disrespected by Joe Carmona, so in March of 2012 she taped Carmona’s rant where he used the N-Word repeatedly. The N-Word trial had to decide what to do about the double standard often employed in workplaces, where whites using the N-Word are seen as offensive while blacks could use the N-Word without being reprimanded.
In the end, the NY N-Word trial decided the usage of the N-Word was hostile and discriminatory no matter the context the N-Word was used in. The N-Word trial resulted in Brandi Johnson becoming $250,000 richer due to the workplace harassment she received.
Do you agree with the decision of the N-Word trial?