ESSENCE Poll: Do You Agree With Oprah's Thoughts on the N-Word?

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"You cannot be my friend and use that word around me," said Oprah.

Oprah recently shared that she's not only against the use of the N-word, but that she also refuses to be friends with anyone who uses the racial slur.

The media mogul told Parade how strongly she feels about the controversial word.

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"You cannot be my friend and use that word around me," said Oprah. "It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it… I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree."

Lee Daniels, director of The Butler, admits that he used to say the word all the time until Oprah influenced him to no longer do so.

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"It's a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power."

Where do you stand? Do you agree with Oprah and her refusal to befriend those who use the N-word?

QUESTION:
Do you agree with Oprah and her refusal to befriend those who use the N-word?
Yes, I don't like the term being used around me
84%
No, she's being a bit extreme
16%
Total votes: 438
 

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