No NiggerWhen I was in 8th grade, I had the coolest social studies teacher ever. We were always acting things out, holding mock trials and having debates in class, and it really made a difference in what we learned.

Today, the NAACP did something in Detroit that made a difference. They had a mock funeral for the word “nigger”. They used a coffin, but people were cheering instead of crying. According to the AP,

Delegates from across the country marched from downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center to Hart Plaza. Two Percheron horses pulled a pine box adorned with a bouquet of fake black roses and a black ribbon printed with a derivation of the word.

The coffin is to be placed at historically black Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery and will have a headstone.

One of the speakers was Detroit’s Mayor:

“Today we’re not just burying the N-word, we’re taking it out of our spirit,” said Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. “We gather burying all the things that go with the N-word. We have to bury the ‘pimps’ and the ‘hos’ that go with it.”

He continued: “Die N-word, and we don’t want to see you ’round here no more.”

They even had a preacher giving a eulogy:

The Rev. Wendell Anthony, pastor of Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel and member of the NAACP national board of directors, said the efforts were not an attack on young people or hip-hop.

He said they were a commentary on the culture the genre has produced.

“We’re not thugs. We’re not gangstas,” Anthony told the crowd. “All of us has been guilty of this word. It’s upon all of us to now kill this word.”

So, if you could have a funeral for a word or for an idea, what would you bury? Please leave a comment