Lawsuit: Howard University Exec Used N-Word to Grade Employees

May 6th, 2013 | By | Category: All Posts

Howard University is already dealing with a budget crunch and rowdy sorority girls. But now, according to a discrimination lawsuit, it could have a new problem: an unusual way of measuring employees’ performance. Howard’s former top human resources official allegedly had a strange phrase to describe top workers: “H.N.I.C.,” or “Head Nigger in Charge.”

Jeannette Frett, who worked for James Jones while he was the university’s executive vice president for human resources, claims that Jones repeatedly announced in 2011 that he was the H.N.I.C. He also liked to discuss which other Howard employees were H.N.I.C., according to her lawsuit, and was happy to explain the acronym to confused white executives:

When [Jones] later realized that the white Cabinet officers did not know the meaning of “H.N.I.C.,” [Jones] contacted the white Cabinet officers to clarify that “H.N.I.C.” meant “Head [Nigger] in Charge.”


The acronym has a sinister connotation, according to Frett, who is suing the university and Jones for discrimination and back pay:

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4 Comments to “Lawsuit: Howard University Exec Used N-Word to Grade Employees”

  1. PMF99 says:


  2. PMF99 says:

    Just sad!

  3. PMF99 says:

    I thought we buried that word!

  4. PMF99 says:

    Sometimes we forget where we come from

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