Listening to The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR, I became aware that the National Alliance for Positive Action is upset that Ebay continues to allow its members to sell “racially offensive” black Americana items. They also don’t like the fact that many of these items are being listed with the “N” word in title or description. I would agree they sellers could avoid using that word to describe this form of memorabilia, but don’t agree that Ebay should band the use of the word completely. More importantly, I don’t agree that Ebay should ban the sale of these items. I myself have collected black Americana items. Many of these museum quality items represent a part of America’s ugly history with black people. They are reminders of where we’ve been. So as painful as they may be to look at, Ebay sellers should be allowed to list them. They need to be preserved.