Is it legal to call a black person a nigger? 16 Answers as of October 14, 2013

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Candiano Law Office
Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
Immoral and reprehensible but not illegal.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 10/14/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
It is legal but it might start a fight and get you enemies.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/7/2013
IT Forensics, Inc.
IT Forensics, Inc. | Christopher K. Steuart
It depends on what you mean by legal and what the whole factual situation is and what consequence you are concerned about.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 10/4/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
It may not be illegal, depending on state law, but it is highly emotionally charged and can lead to claims of racial discrimination which is illegal.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 10/3/2013
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
No, it is not illegal. However, it is very insensitive and cruel and hurtful. There is an old concept that only people who lack in intelligence and who do not have a valid argument resort to name calling and swearing instead of discussing things as a grownup.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/3/2013
    David F. Stoddard
    David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
    It depends on when and where it was said and by whom. It is not illegal generally, and in fact, a law making it illegal to call someone nigger would be an unconstitutional violation of the first amendment. Federal Law Title VII makes it illegal for employers with more than 50 employees to harass and employee because of his/her race. An isolated instance of this word being used would probably not violate Title VII. However, repeated use of the word might. This would not be a violation of criminal laws, but could subject the violator to a civil lawsuit and /or civil penalties. There may be other laws and regulations that prohibit used of the word in certain situations.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 10/3/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Depends upon the context in which you are doing it. If the facts support it, you could be charged with a hate crime. I hope you or someone you know is not planning to do it. It is STUPID and there is absolutely no reason for saying it. To say it also says a lot about the person.. That they are pretty ignorant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/3/2013
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    It is not a violation of the law to use the word. Under the right circumstances, however, it could be considered "disorderly conduct" because of the likelihood of such an epithet causing a breach of the peace.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/3/2013
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    Legal. Not socially acceptable.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/3/2013
    Frank Law Group, P.C.
    Frank Law Group, P.C. | Brett E. Rosenthal
    It is shocking to me that anyone need ask this question. What does it matter if it is legal or not, in this day and age it is hard to believe that anyone would even consider using such racial slurs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/3/2013
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    It is not proper but not criminal. Freedom of speech.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 10/3/2013
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