Brother Spotless has thoughts on the use of the N-word by the chairman of the board of trustees at some other Williams College.

A lot has been said about Roger Williams University’s longtime chairman Ralph Papitto and the N-Bomb he dropped in a board meeting. My question is simple: why?

Ralph Papitto is an 80 year old white man; the fact that he’d know how to use the n-word is not surprising, nor am I shocked or distressed that he’d actually use it when discussing potential black board members. When are we, black folks, going to get past the fact that racism exists, especially among people who were born less than 70 years after slavery ended?

Fortunately, it is “inconceivable” that an Eph would use the N-word at an official meeting at Williams. Or perhaps that word does not mean what you think it means . . .

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