Letter: ‘Golden was not “using a racial slur” but rather quoting the racist language that he had heard’

October 8, 2022

Regarding the article on Republicans (cynically) accusing Sen. Jeff Golden of using a racial slur: I am offended by the Ashland.news’ use of the term “racial slur” to refer to the use of “n” word when quoting racists.

It is clear from the context that Golden was not “using a racial slur” but rather quoting the racist language that he had heard and been subjected to himself. Taken in the context of a book written in 1971 by a 20-year-old anti-racist, anti-segregationist, there is absolutely no way that the quoting of racist language could be considered a “racial slur.” And Ashland.news should not have used that description in the story to describe what Golden wrote.

Benjamin Ben-Baruch

Ashland

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