LA City Council Passes Symbolic Ban of Racial Slur

The City Council approved a symbolic resolution Friday calling on residents not to use a racial slur directed at blacks.

The council voted unanimously to pass the measure after hearing
public comments about the N-word.

City Councilman Bernard Parks, who is black and a former police chief, proposed the resolution. He said it wouldn't end the "ills of the world," but that he and his colleagues needed to make a statement against discrimination.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is black, said she was traumatized
after hearing the word directed at her many years ago.

"It affected me so much psychologically that I remember to this day, the name and the place and the person who used that word," Perry said.

The nonbinding resolution calls on residents to stop using the slur "and to encourage all others whom they may encounter in their daily routine to cease from using the word as well."

The resolution was prompted by an incident last year in which a black merchant complained to the council about city efforts to ban certain items that he could sell on the Venice Beach boardwalk. The speaker used the N-word to describe how he was being treated.

Council members complained about his choice of words. They later
adopted rules of decorum which prohibit "threatening, personal and
abusive language."

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