Mike Colter’s leading role as superhero Luke Cage is kind of a big deal. While his character is attracting headlines for diversifying the whitewashed world of comic book shows, he’s also getting attention for using one specific word that’s known to arouse mixed feelings in the black community.

“It would be disingenuous and inauthentic to not have it used because you hear it all the time,” Colter said. “Its one of those things that’s in our common vernacular.”

While Colter cites its abominable history, he admits there’s now an ambiguity accompanying the word.

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