1/ I had a book interview scheduled with The Gist, but got a short email today cancelling it. I emailed Pesca and the email bounced. He's been suspended not for using the N-word, but for arguing that in some cases its use by whites is acceptable.

2/ It appears there's a real effort to drive him out of Slate, including other accusations that are fuzzy at best. I understand that some people just don't want the word used ever, in any context, by a white person. Five hours ago I said "an anti-black racial slur" instead of the
3/ word itself when recording a section of my audiobook that quotes from a report on racism in the Chicago Police Department. I'm not gonna ever use it. But it seems like Pesca got suspended in large part just for *arguing* for its acceptability in some circumstances. Not great.
4/ "Others referenced times Pesca had made flippant comments about non-binary pronouns" is one of the other allegations, just to be transparent. But no further info.

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