CONTROVERSIAL RULING: North Staffordshire magistrates agreed that Christopher Jones was not being hostile to the man in Stoke-on-Trent on September 10
A WHITE man who shouted "n***er" at a black man in the street, was cleared of racial abuse after magistrates agreed that he was merely using "street slang."
Christopher Jones, who claims he has "more black friends than white friends," was charged with using racially aggravated words or behaviour when he was overheard using the racial slur to a group of men, one of which was black.
The 43-year-old hip-hop fan argued that he couldn't be racist because he had used the word as a "term of endearment."
"This is just how I speak. I am not a racist. It was used as slang.
"I can be sat with a black friend and I will say, 'What's up, n***er?' and its a term of endearment"
North Staffordshire magistrates agreed that he was not being hostile to the man in Stoke-on-Trent on September 10.
Anti-racism campaigner Colley Sykes condemned the ruling, telling The Metro: You can't just sling words like that around.
"It is the last word you should use towards someone who is black. It has too many negative historical links."