The New York City Council approved a resolution Wednesday urging New Yorkers not to use a racial slur that has a painful history intertwined with slavery.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, sponsor of the measure, began the effort weeks ago at the start of Black History Month, to urge New Yorkers to voluntarily stop using the word "nigger", sometimes referred to as "the N-Word" because of its sensitivity. His proposal gradually gained nationwide notice and support.
"People are using it out of context," Comrie said. "People are also denigrating themselves by using the word, and disrespecting their history, disrespecting the history of a people and a country, and also putting themselves in a negative light that we need to correct."
Other communities have passed similar measures, and a historically black college in Alabama recently held a four-day conference to discuss the epithet, which also has widespread use among entertainers and youths as a term of endearment.