Can I Use the N-Word?

I don’t use the N-word. But in Mad City (set in Miami), I have black characters and I want to use words black people use, which include the N-word. However, I feel weird being a white guy and using the N-word in my fiction. It feels a little bit like I shouldn’t be able to say it. I spoke with a black history professor and he told me its fine as long as I use it in a realistic context. I’m curious to hear what you all think. Is anything fair game as long as it’s realistic or is there a …

Don’t Hate Trump Supporters

Here’s an unpopular opinion: we shouldn’t hate Trump supporters. Yes, he and many of his supporters are guilty of racism, sexism, homophobia, you name it. But we have to listen to them. There’s a reason why Trump is so popular. His supporters have legitimate economic complaints and Trump has tapped into that rage. The lower and middle class of the United States feel betrayed by the political and economic elites, and they are right. The rich have too much of the pie and are using Washington to grow the monstrous slice they already have. Free trade agreements that Hillary Clinton …