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BBC Hit With Backlash After White Reporter Uses Uncensored N-Word During News Report

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The British Broadcasting Company, or the BBC, has come under fire after a segment on the news featured a White reporter using the n-word, uncensored, to report a racist attack.

Reporter Fiona Lamdin used the word to reinforce a report about an attack in the city of Bristol, where a Black National Health Service (NHS) worker was purposefully hit by a car.

Despite a warning that she was about to use “highly offensive language,” the use of the uncensored n-word was enough to cause swift backlash.

WARNING: graphic images of the man’s injuries

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People responded directly to Lamdin after she shared a photo of the victim on Twitter.

Lamdin has not commented on the report, however the BBC did.

They said in a statement:

“This was a story about a shocking unprovoked attack on a young Black man.”

“His family told the BBC about the racist language used by the attackers and wanted to see the full facts made public.”

Despite defending the choice, the BBC said they will no longer air the uncensored version of the report.

The n-word is considered one of the most offensive words in the English language.

It points to a long history of racially motivated violence—especially in the USA.  The word immediately creates a feeling of unease for some people.

While a marginalized community may decide to use a racial slur in their own culture, that isn’t a free pass for anyone outside their culture to use it.

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Written by Mike Walsh

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