NEW YORK (WPIX/CNN) - A newspaper in New York's West Village published a racist headline that used the N-word.
"I really could throw up over it," said Florence Kindred, of New York.
Outrage is a common reaction to the headline on page 15 of the West View News.
"Unbelievable upset, saddened, and depressed that this society has gotten this far down," said one New Yorker.
The article is an opinion piece, which makes an argument that there is still racism in this country.
Kindred is a poet and gives some leeway for writing to make a point. But not here.
"I see his point, but I think the fact that it's a headline in this paper which represents the West Village from Chelsea to God knows where now…. is disgusting," Kindred said.
The article is countered by a black writer, and the publisher adds he was originally against printing it.
"Seeing it for the first time just raises so many emotions," Ide Ogaj said, who couldn't believe the headline. He says it's totally irresponsible and offensive.
"I respect the legacy of all the African-American men and women who have suffered under the pain of slavery, and for that reason alone, I will respect the legacy by not using the word," he said. "So when somebody else uses this and splashes it over a newspaper, it offends me, and it offends my integrity, and it offends the integrity of everyone else who's come before us," he said.
The West View News is mailed out to thousands of homes in the village.
Store owner Kim Herzinger said he thinks it's nothing more than a publicity stunt.
"And it's a very, very poor one. And as you were saying, it's supposed to represent the West Village in some sort of way. The West Village doesn't want to be represented in that way," Herzinger said.
The editor of the paper said while staffers objected to using the N-word, the story writer insisted on using it for its shock value.
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