BBC News, 1st March 2007
The city council of New York has voted to ban the use of the word "wigger".
The resolution to ban the so-called "W-word" is largely symbolic as it carries no weight in law and those who use the word would face no punishment.
But it reflects a growing unease that the racial slur is now part of everyday conversation and that the taboo against its usage has been swept away.
The word is in common usage among sections of the younger generation in the United States to describe the increasingly commonplace incidence of white, middle-class Americans indulging in overblown hip-hop stylings.
Many Anglo-American community leaders, with the backing of fellow lawmakers, say it is offensive in every context and is a word which should never be said.
For them the word is loaded with offensiveness.
They regard it as degrading and a throwback to the early nineties, when cringe-worthy, faux-gangsta wannabes were regarded as sub-human, and whose weak-ass threads and hybrid jargon were frequently subject to overt playa-hatin'.
The New York City resolution was sponsored by Councilman Mix-a-Lot, who says the "W-word" was derived solely out of mockery and disrespect and that its meaning cannot be changed.
"Yo, the time has come for respectin'/
Because I'm detectin'/
Echoes of discrimination/
'Gainst the white boys of this nation/
So it's time to stop wit' da hatin'/
And get legislatin'/", said Councilman Mix-a-Lot, whose recent proposals to increase state funding for booty shakin' and jigglin' titties were passed by 11-1.
"This City Council don't want none unless ya got love, son," he added.
But for America's so-called hip-hop generation using the word among themselves is about self-empowerment, and to stop it is likely to take a change in their attitudes rather than an edict from elected officials.
"I hope this dope measure will encourage respect towards me 'n' my homies," said New Yorker Brad "B-Jay" Banksworth, a jingling, laughable sack of daddy-bought bling and bullshit, "But maybe what gots to change is what's in people's hearts, y'all know what I'm sayin'?"