No N-r please

22 Reasons to Stop Saying the N-Word in Public

By John Yancy Odom, Ph.D.

Some are still confused about the use of the N-word in public, but Dr. John Odom, also known as “Old School” isn’t confused. The N-word should have been dropped from public speech 50 years ago. At best it should be used only in private conversations between those who understand each other.

A chapter titled “Why I’m Still Black” was included in Dr. Odom’s 2002 book Saving Black America: An Economic Plan for Civil Rights. In it Odom shared 13 reasons why he prefers the name “Black” to the name “African American.” Who knew that more than a decade later there would be a need to write a book on why Black people shouldn’t call one another the N-word but here we are!

None of the derogatory names for White people or any other group – has stuck because no other group has had centuries of experience with being so deeply insulted by one word. Other groups have outlived their insults but not Black people because today Black people use the word most frequently.

Old School has coined and uses the term “N-r” instead of “the N-word” for reasons explained in the book. In No N-r Please: 22 Reasons to Stop, Old School provides 22 good reasons to stop saying N-r in public. The 22 reasons include discussions about: Black pride; role models for Black children; famous Black people and the word; trouble for White people; language creativity; N-r and the law; Black self-concept and more.

Old School hopes that this book will cause more people to think before uttering N-r in public. For those who are still using the term in public, it’s time to stop!

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Vote Every Time!

By John Yancy Odom, Ph.D.

At the funeral service for Mrs. Rosa Parks, Rev. Al Sharpton had powerful words for Black Americans:

It amazes me that we sit here acting like we don’t have work to do! They went to vote when people were threatening their lives… Pregnant women walked through the streets of Birmingham – they sic’d police dogs on them – to give us the right to vote. Four little girls bomb in a church… and here you are 40 years later… no dogs biting you, no bombs going off… too lazy and ungrateful… Nobody should have to beg you to vote!

Vote Every Time! is the first in the Old School Speaks Series by Dr. John Y. Odom. The Old School Speaks Series offers uncle-like advice from a civil right elder to younger, primarily Black, Americans. Vote Every Time! offers 18 reasons to vote every time, including:

  • We honor our ancestors with our vote
  • “Won’t vote” is worse than “Can’t vote”
  • Your vote is important
  • Voting is the least we can do.

Vote Every Time! also provides 18 steps to take to make it easier for others in low income communities to vote every time. Steps are placed in 3 groups – which are:

  1. Check Yourself
  2. Help Others
  3. Change the System.

Vote Every Time! shares quotes on voting by President Obama, Oprah, Rev. Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others.

Upcoming books will address the N-word; holding good programs; Tattoos, Prison Pants and Earrings.

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Saving Black America

An Economic Plan for Civil Rights

By John Yancy Odom, Ph.D.

Saving Black America tackles the problems facing Black America from the highest level; from the group’s worldview or group-wide outlook on its condition and hopes. As a result, Dr. Odom has concluded that the dominant current plan or worldview is that of protest (the legislative-protest model). Further, Odom declares that, while there is a place for it, too heavy a reliance on protest is central to the problems faced by Black Americans. Dr. Odom acknowledges the fact that there is near unanimity that economic development is the route of choice for contemporary civil rights, and he also acknowledges that there is no collective plan to harness economic development as a civil rights strategy – until Saving Black America.

Saving Black America:

  • Analyzes the current state of Black America’s worldview
  • Lays the groundwork for the development of a new, economically-based worldview
  • Offers a new dream for Black America
  • Proposes a new economically-based model for Black civil rights
  • Applies the model to current problems, including education and criminal justice
  • Offers a unique perspective on reparations
  • Challenges others to think strategically

Dr. John Y. Odom, consultant and civil rights leader, is the President of Odom + Associates, LLC and is President of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Inc. a nonprofit founded to advance the planning and implementation of a new model for civil rights.

Saving Black America can be purchased at book stores or through its publisher

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John Odom is onto something; something significant. I highly recommend this book to all people who are interested in the advancement of our race.

– George C. Fraser, Author
Pres/CEO, Frasernet

Saving Black America represents an overdue renewal of Black pride. The structure of Black economic self-reliance promoted by John Odom codifies ideas that many forward-thinking individuals have discussed for years. This book is a breakthrough.

– Oscar Robertson
NBA Hall of Famer, Entrepreneur

Dr. Odom’s treatise extends the steps of revolutionary Black thinkers. Saving Black

America represents a significant contribution toward realizing the dream, thereby a leap forward for the race.

– Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks
Past National Exec. Director, NAACP

I went to Barnes and Noble Bookstore to order a (different) book… I was browsing through the shelves and came across your book “Saving Black America”. After scanning through the table of contents, I could not put it down, purchased it and completed it in 1.5 days. This is a powerful book, and your examples of the “Caisses Populaires” and the American Jewish Federations and what we can learn from them are right on point. I also agree with your framework for a new model that we must adopt in order to build a firm economic base…Your book is an amazing work which demands to be read by every Black person, and I have already insisted that every person on my Board and in my circle of influence obtain and read it.

– Patrick J. Jackson, Chairman/CEO

GroupCapital-Atlanta…this work is inspired. I mean that in the original sense of the word – it is God breathed! I have rarely been moved by anything I’ve read outside the Scriptures!

– Valarie Bailey, Terre Haute, Indiana

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