Brazoria, Texas proposes a ban on the 'N word'
January 22, 2007
By Rucks Russell / 11 News
The city of Brazoria is proposing an ordinance outlawing the “N word,” but not everyone in town is on board with idea.
Mayor Ken Corley hopes the usage of the notorious racial slur will soon be a thing of the past in his city of 2,800, a relic as distant as the old Jim Crow laws that once ruled the day here.
“Obviously, I’m not black, but if I was and the word was used at me, it would offend me seriously,” Corley said.
Under his proposed ordinance, a person would be committing an offense if he or she intentionally uses the N word in an “abusive, indecent, hurtful, degrading or insulting way” in public. Violators could face fines of up to $500.
Brazoria Mayor Ken Corley
And if the ordinance passes, it won’t be the first time Brazoria has been a leader in passing high-profile restrictions – they were the first city in Texas to pass a law prohibiting sex offenders from living near children.
The mayor’s plan has already won the backing of some on the city council, as well as a group of prominent local black ministers.
“I applaud him for having the courage to bring this to the forefront,” ******* said.
Opinions on the ordinance differ with many in the population, but the mayor insists that the ordinance will make his city a better place to live.
“This is no doubt a quality of life issue,” he said.
A quality that could cost some people a lot to maintain.