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“Chink” is not the only word that can get you in trouble

Having a good vocabulary can be career-threatening: On January 15, 1999, David Howard, a white aide to Anthony A. Williams, the black mayor of Washington, D.C., used “niggardly” in reference to a budget. This apparently upset one of his black … Continue reading ?
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