Jury Must Determine Whether 'Bubba' Is Racist Term

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 6:51 PM EST) -- A jury should decide whether “Bubba” is a harmless nickname or a racist slur, a New York federal district judge said Friday, overruling a magistrate judge who recommended dismissing a lawsuit that a black restaurant worker brought over his boss's use of the word.

Bubba — a word sometimes used to refer to white southern men sometimes called "rednecks" — has enough loaded racial connections that a jury should decide what it means, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said in a written order that went...
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