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Hundreds of onlookers cheered on Monday as a leading civil rights group in the US put to rest a long-standing expression of racism by symbolically burying a racist slur generally referred to as the "N-word."
Delegates from across the country gathered at the yearly convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in Detroit and marched about 0,5km for the ceremony and rally.
The association has been campaigning against the casual use of the word "nigger," sometimes referred to as the "N-word" because of its painful history as a racist epithet dating back to the period of slavery in the US.
Mainstream African-Americans are particularly offended that many rap musicians use the word in their lyrics, which has revived use of the word in US slang.
"Today we're not just burying the N-word, we're taking it out of our spirit," said Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Public discussion on the word increased last year following its repeated use by Seinfeld actor Michael Richards during a Los Angeles comedy routine. Richards later issued a public apology.
The issue heated up further in April after radio talk show host Don Imus described black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos". Nappy is a derogatory reference to the hair of some black people and "ho" is slang for "whore".
NAACP chairman Julian Bond said: "While we are happy to have sent a certain radio cowboy back to his ranch, we ought to hold ourselves to the same standard.
"If he can't refer to our women as 'hos,' then we shouldn't either," he said.
Black leaders, including Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have challenged the entertainment industry and the US public to stop using the N-word.
In 1941 the NAACP held a symbolic funeral in Detroit for Jim Crow, the systematic, mostly Southern practice of discrimination against and segregation of blacks from the end of post-Civil War reconstruction into the mid-20th century.
The NAACP "funeral" is being staged at its 98th yearly convention in Detroit.
"This is the first funeral I've been to where people were happy to be here," Bond said. -Sapa-AP