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New York has declared the word "n****r" off limits to whites and blacks alike, after concerns were raised by politicians that the black community were "denigrating themselves".

The measure agreed yesterday urges the city's residents to voluntarily stop using the so-called N-word because of its sensitivity and painful history intertwined with slavery.

"People are using it out of context," said Leroy Comrie, a black city councilman who sponsored the unanimously approved measure. "People are also denigrating themselves by using the word, and disrespecting their history."
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Date:Mar 2, 2007
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