RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The "N" word is a word that has pained many, yet is still used today. ESPN's Outside the Lines televised a special report about this controversial issue on Sunday.
A live broadcast of the show was played at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada. University students, faculty, athletes, and coaches attended the event. The one-hour show welcomed debate from a wide variety of panel guest from artists and athletes, to academics. Following the viewing, those who watched the broadcast participated in an open discussion.
"It's a great thing we're having this discussion, because so often people don't want to talk about it," says Nevada Cornerback Coach Ricky Thomas.
Many others agreed with Thomas and Journalism Professor Paul Mitchell believes there is no better time than now. "I think that it's time now that we have a frank discussion about the word and what all of that implies" says Mitchell.
At the Reynolds School, administrators also think it is important to talk about the "N" word. "Here at the Reynolds School we want to be at the center of conversation about issues of diversity and communication," says Dean Al Stavitsky.
Mitchell is ready to keep the conversation going and plans to have another open discussion on the topic in coming months. "Hopefully this will be the beginning of breaking down many barriers in this community and communities around the country," says Mitchell.
To watch the Sunday night's "Outside the Lines Special Report: The N-Word," visit the ESPN website
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