There is no way for a Kansas State Board of Education member to “clinically” use the N-word.
Yet that is what board member Steve Roberts of Overland Park contends in his defense of using the racial slur. African American leaders are right to be upset, saying the use of the N-word at a meeting was unnecessary and inappropriate, The Associated Press reports.
Roberts said he used the N-word in a discussion of state history standards. The standards, by the way, are deficient and are not inclusive of the racial and ethnic diversity that helped make America, including Kansas, strong.
Roberts needs to do everyone a big favor and admit that he was wrong. What he said was grossly inappropriate.
And Roberts should publicly apologize to the people in what had been a free territory, free state. For the sake of educating children about what words to never use, an apology from Roberts is the right thing to do.