The choice of the group Naughty by Nature as entertainment for the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1992 was short-sighted at best, deplorable at worst. I am not a music critic, nor do I typically engage in artistic censorship. However, this group spouted a constant stream of offensive lyrics that were not worthy of the students, alumni, nor an institution which is already trying to distance itself from a hateful, intolerant past. This choice did not further that goal.
Twenty-five years prior to the graduation of this class, the use of the ‘n’ word was a matter of common utterance directed at African-Americans by those spewing hate and harboring misguided illusions of superiority. Today, African-American men and women without historic context embrace the ‘n’ word in everyday language as if to remove the sting through what is claimed as ownership. This is a ridiculous argument that merely legitimizes the