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Ta-Nehisi Coates
The 'n-word' overshadows the terrorist threat
The 'n-word' overshadows the terrorist threat

Most of the coverage about the Oklahoma University fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon specifically focuses on the students using a racial slur to describe African Americans. Their gleeful singing about lynching is overshadowed by that boogeyman — the "n-word." It's the sensational, sexy angle. It's also lazy analysis. The study "Lynchings in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror," was released in February by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The study details the organization's investigation into lynchings in 12 southern states between Reconstruction and World War II. "These lynchings were terrorism," the EJI study...