During the first weeks of lecture he tried all sorts of jokes, some with personal jabs in them. I tried to ignore them and carry on with our basket weaving. Of course, he is always 3 1/2 minutes late to class so everyone sees him saunter in. He walked into class this past week five minutes early for a change and stated, loud enough for all to hear: "Man, what's with all the [N word]
After class Smarty-Pants actually apologized. He meant it as a joke. He didn't mean to insult me. He's a person of color himself. But everyone uses that word now and it's not a bad name anymore.
Q: I'm pushing 60, so can the younger colleagues here please tell me: Is this now acceptable speech for a college student? Did I overreact?