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Are All Slurs Created Equal?

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Are All Slurs Created Equal?

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Are All Slurs Created Equal?

Are All Slurs Created Equal?

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When Isaiah Washington, one of the stars of TV's Grey's Anatomy, used a homosexual slur to refer to a co-star, it caused a stir, but not the kind of anger that comedian Michael Richards generated with his verbal tirade of racial slurs. Guests look at the origins and power of insults.

Guests:

John McWhorter, author of Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America; senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute

Dan Savage; editor of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly paper; writes a syndicated advice column, "Savage Love"

Mark Anthony Neal; professor of black popular culture at Duke University

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