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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The longtime chairman of the Roger Williams University board admitted Monday that he had used the N-word during a board meeting, saying it "kind of slipped out."

"I apologized for that," Ralph Papitto said in an interview on WPRO-AM. "What else can I do? Kill myself?"

Papitto, 80, who stepped down this month after nearly 40 years on the board, admitted he used the racial slur at a May meeting of the school's board of trustees. He had been discussing the difficulty of finding blacks and other minority members to serve on the 16-member board, which at the time included 14 white men and two women.

Barbara Roberts, then a board member, said Papitto became irate when he discussed pressures to make the board more diverse, at one point using the slur to refer to black candidates.

She said he then told the board he knew he couldn't say that because of Don Imus, the radio host who was fired after referring to Rutgers University women's basketball team members as "nappy-headed hos."

"There was, like, this complete and utter silence, and I was shocked beyond belief and very angry," Roberts said.

Papitto has given the school at least $7 million, and his name is on the law school, the only one in Rhode Island.

He said he had never used the term before.

"The first time I heard it was on television and then rap music or something," Papitto told WPRO.

The school's president, Roy Nirschel, and the law school dean, David Logan, denounced Papitto's remarks in separate statements Monday.

"Such behavior has no place in the Roger Williams educational community," Logan said.

Nirschel echoed the sentiment, condemning Papitto for "using inappropriate language or derogatory language toward any individual or group."

Leaders of three student groups at the law school said they want Papitto's name removed from the Ralph R. Papitto School of Law.

"Several people e-mailed me that it will be a disgrace to have the Papitto name on their resumes and their diplomas," said student leader Matt Jerzyk in an e-mailed statement.

Roberts also has called for Papitto's name to be removed from the law school.

Logan plans to present the board with a petition from law students demanding that the school's name be changed, said university spokeswoman Judi Johnson.

Papitto said his decision to step down from the board was based on his age and his desire to spend more time with his family. He denied a newspaper report that he was forced out over the racial epithet.

Three board members, including Roberts, said they were ousted after calling for Papitto's resignation after the incident.

A man who answered the phone at Papitto's home hung up on an Associated Press reporter Monday.

Roger Williams University, in Bristol, has about 3,800 undergraduate students. The law school opened in 1993 and was renamed in 1996 for Papitto, the founder of the Fortune 500 company Nortek Inc.

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just out of curiosity, is there a racial slur used by black americans when refering to white americans?

also is the n word still an offensive term? considering it's used so much in rap songs and the dave chapell show..
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just out of curiosity, is there a racial slur used by black americans when refering to white americans?

also is the n word still an offensive term? considering it's used so much in rap songs and the dave chapell show..
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He'd "never used the term before"? Bullshit...that sonofabitch was old enough to have owned slaves. No way he never used it before. He probably has a couple around the house now.
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Extremely inappropriate, magnified two fold at the university level where people should know better. Alas being 80, old school, and probably not all together there anymore, judging from his picture, he probably should resign anyway.
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just out of curiosity, is there a racial slur used by black americans when refering to white americans?

also is the n word still an offensive term? considering it's used so much in rap songs and the dave chapell show..
It is a slur if used by WHITE people. Just troubling to some blacks if uttered by other blacks.

The old fossil who uttered it was white, so that would be wrong ipso facto.

No matter that he had given millions of dollars to the school (and for that, gotten it named after himself.)

Looks like some hypersensitive types got unduly worked up about it, and wound up on the outside looking in.

The old man is forced to step down and gets his name taken away from the school. And probably won't ever give it another nickel.

Simply wonderful outcome. Everyone loses. Totally blown out of proportion and with predictably bad results all around.

Should have just kicked the old man's ass and told him
"Don't do it no more".

What is next, a big class action lawsuit because some people's feelings got hurt?

The entire thing is stupid. Blame for everyone, plenty to go around.

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To be honest, I am sick of people saying "I heard it in a rap song so I used it", or "Black people use the word so I thought it was OK". Thats out right bullshit. We as black people did not creat the term. Even up to the early 90's that word has been used againts African Americans to affend them, in an arguments. On top of everything, when another races or cultures are hanging out with thier friends, they use that term whether jokingly or not to have casual conversation.

The point is, the word is part of our foul ass langauge. I had some one for no reason call me that word while I was waiting at a red light. I was affended and wanted to get out and beat some ones ass. The problem with that word is the fact that you are being judged with out anyone actualy taking the time to get to know you. Its the fact that one who uses that word is showing signs of the worste kind of hate, IGNORANT HATE.

And if African Americans use that word amongs our peers, its not OK. Its not cool. Because the bottom line, is if you are hated for 100s of years because of your skin color, believe it or not, you begin to subconciously feel its ok to retain the same hate for the same purpose. Its sad, because its this same reason why its hard for African Amercian communities to grow at rapit rates inwhich the income can create. Its because there is so much hate. If an African American Comedian disses any other race, I PERSONALY AM AFFENDED AS WELL. There is no justification for hate no matter who it comes from period.

Infact I believe it hurts to see some one like Dave Cheppel make money off of dissing white people, while at the same time, using the N word.....its simply hate, so yes I think he should be held to the same standards as Imus....Period.
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The point is, the word is part of our foul ass langauge. I had some one for no reason call me that word while I was waiting at a red light. I was affended and wanted to get out and beat some ones ass. The problem with that word is the fact that you are being judged with out anyone actualy taking the time to get to know you. Its the fact that one who uses that word is showing signs of the worste kind of hate, IGNORANT HATE.
So if we know you from here it's okay to hate you?

Seriously (what, serious in OT???), I can't understand why people are that way. Preconceived bias is one of the best ways a person can reveal their ignorance.

I would apologize on their behalf, but it would be useless (they'd probably call me a "N lover" for doing so), so I'll just say I'm sorry you had to put up with that moronic behavior. Kudos to you if you can get to the point you can consider the brain-dead source and shrug it off. And you can call me a "cracker" if it helps.

I remember hearing a Chris Rock routine in which he says ANYONE, regardless of race or the color of their skin, can be "the N word", he made the point very well, roughly equating it a notch or two below what are euphemistically called "white trash" or "trailer trash".

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To be honest, I am sick of people saying "I heard it in a rap song so I used it",,,,,,,,

Good point - culturally in the west terms that are derogatory in an external context, become a an "internal" word that are not -

Yankee was an English insult, but the the colonies it was a badge, a pair of jewish friends of mine call each other Heeb - me as a non-jew would be derogatory word.

When I was more in the music scene, I knew many womyn that called each other the 'D' word, but would flip out if used outside their "own" context ......
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