Being in the US, maybe it is different from Canada, Chuck. But I taught my children that the n-word is the single worst word in the language and it was the only word they were forbidden to use. Absolutely verboten. I'd rather my kids say M___F___ker all day long than use the n-word once. There's waaaay too much hate contained in that word. And I am proud that they never do use it and don't put up with it.