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The ‘N’ word only has power if we allow it

Dear Ms. Arlene Jones,   This is a response to your column in the Austin Weekly News, Feb. 24, “Recalling the first time someone called me the N-word.” You are a lovely writer, very talented. I was sorry to hear of how crushed you were as a child to be humiliated, terrorized by the hatred of bigoted persons, but saddened that you have allowed it to remain a controlling force in your life for some 40 years.