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The word "N1gger" Displayed on Man's Car

Is a person protected by the First Amendment's free speech rights if he drives around in his car with the "N" word prominently displayed in bold letters? It may be a first, but as WAFB's Paul Gates reports, a man who lives in Amite has been ticketed by local police for doing just that.

The man tells us he was ticketed for obscenity by the police officers for trying to make a living selling a book he has written. Johnny Duncan is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in the south, particularly, in the Florida Parishes in the 70s. He has written about that in a self-published book of life experiences, poems, essays and historical surveys that offer credible insight into the black experience, including the birth of the "N" word, which is prominent in the title of his book. When Duncan was asked why he did that, he says, "Because it's gonna attract attention. It's gonna attract attention because of the negative connotations associated with it."

Duncan went further. He took the title page with the "N" word and plastered it on his car. He has been driving around with it for awhile. He says, "Probably about two months. It was just a method of advertising and marketing to promote my books to try to increase the sales." Duncan got attention alright. Police in Amite received a few calls from persons saying they were offended. While trying to drive home, Duncan got a ticket from Amite officers Sunday. The ticket is for displaying an obscenity on his car. There's a law against that, but is the display of the "N" word in a book or in its title or anywhere else an obscenity, or just offensive to many people?

That's where Police Chief Jerry Trabona comes in. Chief Trabona says, "We'll let the judge decide whether this will be prosecuted or not. It'll go to court. What we see, we think, needs to go to court and then, we'll let the judge decide." Duncan says, "It's a question of freedom of speech. Do I have a right to ride around and promote and advertise my product like anybody else without being harassed and stopped by the local police officers?" Duncan says he's not a user of the "N" word and it may be many things, including offensive, but he doesn't see getting a ticket and going to court for using it in the title of his book.

Johnny Duncan has a resume showing a career in higher education, teaching history and writing. He is to appear in court on the obscenity charge October 3rd.

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  • First amendment=free to be an asshole.

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  • I had to comment twice because i thought this was so funny..

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  • Brave man to be riding around with that no his car in Louisiana. He'll be shot soon.

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  • Oh, I think he might be.

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  • *on his car*

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  • I think that all blacks should have to have "*****" stickers on their cars'by law, so that you could have advanced warning of drive-by shootings. It would also let the police know that it wasn't a stolen car!

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  • fatandsassy: "First amendment=free to be an asshole."
    ramen

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  • Maxisminion: "Sucks when all the political correctness comes around and bites you in the ass.. I can wait to be a minority in this country."
    dude, i guarantee after a few bad looks, frightened stares, uncomfortable silences, and clutched purses you will be begging for your whiteness back.

    oh yeah, and that's just walking down one isle in the supermarket.

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  • Does this mean if I mount a giant CRACKER on the roof of my car, I will get a ticket?

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  • The word is NEGRO or NEGROID which means black. The term ***** came from the uneducated who tried to say the word NEGRO with its latin/spanish pronumnciation (neh-grow) - since most of those people were from the lower-class british, their accents destroyed how most words in ANY language sounded!

    The term "afro"-american (or any xxxx-american)is what is truly obscene especially since it means nothing.

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  • vgroove: "*on his car*"
    yes if he was white. balcks can call themselves the n-word all day long and be ok but if a whaite man says it all hell will break loose

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  • MAYBE HE WILL DROWN STEALING CINDER BLOCKS AND CHAINS.

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  • rongravy: "Does this mean if I mount a giant CRACKER on the roof of my car, I will get a ticket?"
    For some reason the word 'cracker' doesn't have the same historical impact. Wonder why...

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  • Dumb.

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  • Love the waffling cop..."we will just let the judge decide." Ten bucks says the case gets dismissed as soon as the judge sees the Defendant.

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  • I find it more offensive that the media are frightened of displaying or saying the word when it's being used in context to the issue's surrounding it. We should know by now that this word is also used to empower black people through claiming the word for themselves. It also helps us to never forget the injustices brought about through racism, hatred and ignorance.

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  • rongravy: "Does this mean if I mount a giant CRACKER on the roof of my car, I will get a ticket?"
    If someone complains, than maybe.

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  • What a GREAT new series for BET: "YOU MIGHT BE A NIGGA IF........"

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  • seems to be a world wide problem this N word the only way to stop the problem is stop the double standards if it is wrong for any non black person to use it then black people should outlaw the word as well even in music .we are all the same people under the skin live and let live .there are good people and bad people on the planet earth .at the end of the day we all want whats best for the ones we love so lets all stop fighting each other and get on with our own lives

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  • in africa still have 2 states of " N ".

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  • good, i hate it when blacks use the n word when whites cant...the n word is clay, mucus, carbon, its a communicative block, a cuss, a juicy taboo that shluld be weilded not shielded from the modern world-i love the danger magic and depth of it and i will continue to use the word in private cussing till the day i die-god, cant folk get over it...jesus wept its a word.

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  • Just imagine if a White man and put a '*****' sign on his car. Its one rule for blacks and another for whites at least in Britain.

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  • I put a giant sign on my car that says I have a teeny tiny DI-CK. They left me alone because the truth is the best defense.

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  • this white dude's wonderin if i put that on my car...you get the point! every car should have one!
    should be a factory option when purchasing!

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  • true N.W.A.!!!!.......I love it!!!!!!

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