While I agree that it is wrong for the black community to complain about this term and then continuously use it, I do not condone it regardless of who says it. Excusing the behavior of Deen by pointing out the improper actions of others is wrong. I, two years ago, had to fire my best friend (of over 30 years) for making the same racist remark while in my employ. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. The willingness of rappers and entertainers and members of the black community to continue using the term, to me, merely demonstrates ignorance and is a perfect example of lack of self control and self respect.
How many years ago did Deen use the term?
So you don’t have any blacks that work for you?
Would you have fired him for uttering it 30 years ago under duress?
“I, two years ago, had to fire my best friend (of over 30 years) for making the same racist remark while in my employ.”
You were not his friend at all.
Wow, your commitment to friendship is pretty tenuous if you would do that. If I knew that and I knew you, I would not count on you in a difficult situation.
So you felt it necessary to fire somebody who has been your friend for 30 years, in order to not upset people who care nothing about you.