Thursday, December 06, 2012
British rap music fan who shouted n***** at a black man is CLEARED of racism as magistrates accept he was using 'street slang'
He would probably not have gotten away with it in America, where the word triggers a national neurosis
A rap-mad music fan who shouted n***** at a black man has walked free from court after magistrates agreed he had just been using 'street slang'.
Christopher Jones was arrested after he was overheard aiming the offensive word at a group of men in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on September 10.
But the sign-writer claimed he couldn’t be racist because he listened to hip-hop music, had 'more black friends than white friends' and this is what he called everyone.
Police charged him with using racially-aggravated words or behaviour and Jones was hauled before magistrates last week.
And he was cleared of racist abuse after successfully arguing that he regularly uses the word n****r as 'a term of endearment' on the streets around his home.
North Staffordshire Magistrates ruled he had used the phrase without hostility - and dismissed the case. 'This word has crept into the English language and is used on a regular basis,' he said. 'His use of the word is popular culture.
However anti-race campaigners yesterday condemned the court ruling saying the word had too many negative connotations and should not be used in any circumstances.