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[User Picture]From: beststephi Date: November 30th, 2006 - 12:05 am (Link)
Maybe it's too late for us. But wouldn't you want your children to grow up in a world that doesn't use the "N" word?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 30th, 2006 - 01:11 am (Link)
Actually no. I'd want my children to grow up in a world without racial prejudice and cultural ignorance, but seeing as how that's impossible, I'd settle for raising them to understand those things and I think banning "the N-word" is worse for that.

You see, the power behind the word "nigger" isn't intrinsic in its spelling or pronounciation. It is embued with that power by the reminder of the hatred and intent that it represents. If everyone suddenly stopped using the word tomorrow it would simply be replaced with some other word. Hence my joke about calling people melonheads.

Take for instance FCC regulations. You can't say "shit" on TV. So instead when someone on TV wants to say them they say "shoot" instead. Little kids say "darn" instead of "damn." Is that somehow less offensive? Why? The meaning is the same. If everyone stopped saying "shit" all of a sudden and started saying "shoot" instead then sooner or later the FCC would decide it was derogatory and block that instead.

Should my kid be offended if someone called them a nigger? Of course, but should they be any less offended if someone called them a "a dirty, ignorant african american?" I don't think so. I'd rather spend my energies teaching my children to rise above such petty racism. Not resorting to it, and understanding where the offense actually lies. With the feelings, not the verbiage.
[User Picture]From: kenoubi Date: November 30th, 2006 - 02:28 am (Link)
You just made me realize that this is EXACTLY the same issue as the RETARDED anti-flag-burning fetish some people seem to have (and some politicians seem to want to pander to).
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 30th, 2006 - 02:37 am (Link)
yep. For the record, I am also pro flag burning. When you make a decision to go out in the street and set a flag on fire, it makes a statement and its one that people pay attention to. Granted, you evoke a certain reaction, but they certainly pay attention. So when you have a message, you have to make the decision whether setting a flag on fire helps or hurts your message and you accept the response of the audience that views the flag burning. Its the same with walking out into a crowd yelling "nigger" over and over again.
 

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