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And while he supports NAACP causes, one North Carolina-based writer had a public query for the organization and its name yesterday.

“It’s a tough question, but someone has to ask it. Is it really fair to come down on … using the ‘n’ word, when in 2007, you still refer to black folks as ‘colored people?’ ” asked Paul Scott, who yesterday filed his query at his blog www.nowarningshotsfired.com.