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It’s N-word Day at the New York Times

The Times uses the N-word no less than four times in their article today to describe Governor Perry’s rural upbringing in Texas.

And the writers went out of their way to include it. For example, it’s used twice in the lede paragraph:

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who often waxes nostalgic about his small-town roots, grew up in an almost all-white rural area where many referred to slingshots as “niggershooters.” One elderly black resident recalls being introduced by her boss at a party decades back as “my maid, Nigger Mae Lou,” while just four years ago, a black high school student found a noose in his locker.

I’d like to know how many interviews writers Deborah Sontag and Manny Fernandez conducted to reach their “many” conclusion, and why the editors allowed the use of the word at all.

Remember, using the way-back machine, the Times felt that their readers didn’t need to hear Jesse Jackson use the N-word to describe then-candidate Obama when Jackson said, “Barack . . . he’s talking down to black people . . . telling n—s how to behave.”

So, what is it New York Times? When, really, is it acceptable to use that word?