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UK man acquitted of using “nigger” as a racial slur because he meant it endearingly | Death and Taxes

Here’s a story coming out of North Staffordshire, England today: A court magistrate has cleared a man on trial for racial abuse charges for yelling the N-word at some black people outside his home, because he meant it endearingly.

The first thing to wrap your head around here is that you can actually be on trial for being a racist in England (which is different from here, where you can run for office while doing it)—and according to The Guardian‘s reporting it doesn’t sound all that rare. The paper mentions three other court cases just this year, two involving police officers and one involving a pro soccer player.

Anyway back to our main man, Christopher Jones. Chris loves rap. He loves it so much that he feels totally comfortable appropriating the N-word as it appears in some of his favorite songs into casual conversation with his black friends. “After his acquittal, Jones said he had more black friends than white ones and added: ‘I can be sat with a black friend and I will say ‘What up, nigger?’ and it’s a term of endearment.’”

This would suggest Jones is the only white man on earth truly desensitized to the N-word. So apparently this whole thing was a big mixup—Jones dropped a friendly N-bomb in public as he’s used to doing with buds and it didn’t go over so well, but hey, you win some you lose some, right? Well, in recounting the actual events some things don’t exactly gel with this version of the story:

“Jones was arrested in September after a row outside his home where the term was used, and during the incident his wife was injured. It was alleged he used the term while detained by the police,” writes The Guardian.

Whoa whoa, that doesn’t sound like a situation where people are exchanging endearing niceties. Confusing things more, the court magistrate’s spokesman said “Jones was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after he repeatedly shouted from a window to a group on the street,” which sounds like a different situation than the one the Guardian describes, but also not one where terms of affectionate endearment are flying.

Whatever the case Jones said “I am not a racist, it was used as slang. For me it is a term of endearment, not something racist.” The court believed him and cleared him of the charge. Was he telling the truth? Who knows. The only things we can take definitely from this story are that British courts are way different than American ones (they just stopped wearing wigs in ’08!) and that Jones, according to his Facebook page, is a huge fan of marijuana.

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