NEW YORK – A New York City paper is under fire for calling President Obama the n-word in the headline of a recent article.
The West View News ran the headline “The N***** in the White House.” The paper actually printed the word.
The piece, written by James Collier, is oddly enough a pro-Obama op-ed.
But Florence Kindred, a poet, says it’s sickening. “I can see his point but the fact that is a headline in this paper that represents the West Village is disgusting.” The article is countered by a black writer who is offended.
Collier used the slur to criticize what he calls the racism of far-right voters.
The editor of the paper, George Capsis, wrote in an explanation that “the editorial staff continues to object to the use of the n word,” according to the New York Post.
“Collier wanted to use the n word to shock us into accepting that there are people who believe the use this outrageous word,” the statement went on to say.
Capsis made headlines last year for slapping Sen. Brad Hoylman in the face at a rally for mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.
Some say the headline was a publicity stunt.
Ide Ogaj says the headline is completely irresponsible and offensive. “I respect the legacy of all African American men and women who suffered under the pain of slavery.” Ogaj went on to say, “When someone splashes it over a newspaper, it’s offensive. “