port of harlem snippets

May 23 - June 5, 2003


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Cosby at Hampton U. Talks About Using the N Word

Dr. William Cosby picked up another honorary doctorate May 11 while speaking at Hampton University's 133rd commencement. After stepping out of his graduation robe to reveal his Hampton University T-shirt, he encouraged listeners to "make Christ smile," by taking full responsibility for their decisions and behavior.

In particular, he admonished the crowd on using the "N" word. "Teach [others] about the historical use of the word nigger," he said. When describing how youngsters often roll down their windows blasting recordings that use the word, he continued, "people say nigger like [they say] ‘pass the salt.'"

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