Drug War Targets Blacks/NAACP: Webster's to cite "nigger" as

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 01:17:59 -0700 (PDT)

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The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tues, 15 June 99 -- 3:46 (#282)

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                      Desmond Smith via Jim Cole

There has been a change in Webster's Dictionary.

Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently gave a speech at
Virginia Tech. Everyone was informed that a land mark decision was made
last week with the people at  Merriam-Webster Dictionary. They have
recognized the error of their ways.  So beginning with the next edition
the word nigger will no longer be synonymous with African-Americans.

It shall be duly noted that it's a racial slur and not what African-
Americans themselves are. Along with this, all racial and Religious
slurs will finally be indicated for what they really are-cruel and evil
slurs to often used to degrade people.  Please pass this information on
to others.  This change should serve notice to people corporations etc.
that when individuals stick together to right a wrong a change is gonna

This wasn't just a victory for African-Americans but for everyone.


                     THE MYTH OF BLACK DRUG USAGE
                         Jim Cole (10 Jun 99)

It is sometimes helpful to have a few numbers in order to challenge
other people's assumptions and get a better understanding. While 74% of
those who are sentenced to prison for drug usage are Black it is
interesting to look at what this really means. The U.S. Public Health
Service has estimated that African Americans account for 14% of the
drug users. African Americans account for 35% of those who are arrested
for drug usage and African Americans account for 55% of those who are
convicted. Yes, African Americans do make up 74% of those who are
serving time for drug usage but it seems to be more a problem of
enforcement practices rather than reflecting the rate of drug usage.
David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University, gave these numbers
while speaking on National Public Radio's Morning Edition June 10th

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