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CENTER LINE - While you're at it, take the f-word with you

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

It was the cover story of the July 10 RED EYE, an edition of the Chicago Tribune End of the "N" word?

There was no mourning at this funeral, the Associated Press reported.

Hundreds of onlookers cheered Monday afternoon (July 9) as the NAACP put to rest a long-standing expression of racism by holding a public burial for the "n-word" during its annual convention in Detroit.

The ceremony included a march by delegates from across the country from downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall Center to Hart Plaza. Along the way, two Percheron horses pulled a pine box adorned with a bouquet of fake black roses and a black ribbon printed with a derivation of the word.

The coffin was to be placed at Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery and will have a headstone.

"Today we're not just burying the n-word, we're taking it out of our spirit," Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said.

The n-word has been used as a slur against blacks for more than a century. It remains a symbol of racism, but it also is used by blacks when referring to other blacks, especially in comedy routines and rap and hip-hop music, the story said.

My question is this: why did it take so long? And why was it comments by slugs like Michael Richards (Kramer) and Don Imus that stirred up so much controversy?

But no matter who got the ball rolling, it's long overdue. And while you're at it, I think it's about time to put to rest the "f-word."

Enough is enough. At one time it was one of the most vulgar expressions you could use. Now, even the kids on South Park have to be bleeped out.

It's a worn-out, tired expression.

Just look at the T-shirts people are wearing. There's a fine line between freedom of speech and just plain vulgarity.

Did you see the story about baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez' wife?

A-Rod, as he is known, suddenly changed into F-Rod.

Here's what was reported about a game earlier this season in Yankee stadium:

Now, F-Rod.

So many rods. This time, the Rodriguez under fire in the Big Apple is Cynthia. Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez's long-suffering wife may have finally flipped her lid yesterday when she went to a game in The Bronx wearing a tight-fitting, white tank top bearing this on the back:

"F*%k you."

The obscene phrase was visible to many fans including kids as she, 2-year-old daughter, Natasha, and another woman took their seats.

Cynthia Rodriguez's F-word faux pas also violates Yankee Stadium policy.

The team's policy prohibits any banners or signs that are not in "good taste" and also warns that security guards will eject anyone "using foul language" or "making obscene gestures."

Still, when fans let nearby security know about Cynthia Rodriguez's classy four-letter garment yesterday, nothing was done about it.

And it's not just in New York City and Hollywood.

Here are some story comments posted on the Norwalk Reflector's Web site:

There you go again showing off all your class! Starting a commen by saying F- off just goes to show what type of person you are. I don't need to put you down or talk trash about you, you make yourself look like a fool all by yourself!

This is to all the sh_t talking mother f_ckers here that don't have a life this my blog to you b_tches

f_ck off and worry about your own family don't you know this is my nephew's obituarie page have some respect and of cource we are going to defend our family i'm sure you would to thank you.

I think it's time for another funeral.

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