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Justin Hayford's apology for his Guess Who's Coming to Dinner review

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I included the N-word in my review of Court Theatre’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. A lot of people let me know I shouldn't have.

You’re right. I agree. I apologize.

First, I did not accurately quote the dialogue in question.

Second, although the character in the play uses the N-word, I could have conveyed the horror of the stage moment without quoting the word at all, as many of you rightly pointed out. I might have used "vile racial epithet" instead. I clearly underestimated the hateful and hurtful nature of that word’s appearance in print, even when citing a character's use of it.

I felt it was important to hear out as many of you as I could before responding. Thank you for speaking up. Thank you for helping me better understand the injurious effects seeing that word in print can produce. It won’t happen again.

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