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He used Paula Deen and some rap music as analogies.

“She lost endorsements for using the N-word, but we buy music from rappers who use it,” he said. “If we’re going to play in the big leagues, we have to be able to take criticism and dish real critique.”

Mr. Innis is right. We need to stand with feet firmly planted 50 years after MLK relayed his dream.

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