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TV wrestles with a taboo term

TV wrestles with a taboo term

From an elementary school student on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," to Whoopi Goldberg on "The View," the n-word has been getting a workout on TV this fall. And there's more prime-time use of it to come in the weeks ahead on sitcoms like the new NBC entry "Truth Be Told," debuting Oct. 16.

It is one of the most contested and culturally packed words in the English language — with the ability to instantly cut to the core of racial tensions depending on the context. In the demographically changing America of 2015, it can instantly set off a fierce debate when uttered on television.

Remember last April when Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes...