The age old argument over whites not being able to use the N-word, yet African Americans can has reared its ugly head yet again. A former tv anchorman was fired from his job in 2007, for using the N-word at a staff meeting. The improper use of the word during a conversation about a colleague’s story on Philadelphia’s NAACP Youth Council’s “symbolic burial” of the word is allegedly what prompted the station to fire the anchor. Now, he’s suing for racial discrimination against him because he’s white and he alleges that blacks had used the word in the workplace.
Tom Burlington worked for Fox29 from 2004 to 2007 when the incident occurred. Our guess is that now that he’s a real estate agent in a market that has plummeted, he may as well start up this lawsuit to get some cash flow going. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the exact remark he made according to depositions was, “Does this mean we can finally say the word n-?” Flag on the plate! HELL NO! should’ve been the answer, but a producer Nicole Wolfe, a producer and two other African American employees that were among the nine people at the meeting, simply stated, “I can’t believe you just said that!”
Now U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick has the task of finding out whether there was some sort of racial “double standard” in the workplace, but also whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on equal opportunity in employment was violated. Read more on this guy’s hustle here. We’re not buying it. He was rightfully fired! Case closed.