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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 17th, 2007 - 07:02 pm (Link)
Oh, its not so much that I think "nigga" has outlived its offensive phase. I think its trying to, though. To be blunt, I'd argue that among other problems, Mr. Cosby, et al, are clinging to the offensiveness and keeping it alive. Obviously the word offends him. The basis of his argument (at least as I see it) is that if the word doesn't offend you, it should. I think there is too much hardship in the world to go out of our way to perpetuate old pain. It's a turn the other cheek thing. If you kill my sister, I will be bitter at him, and probably your whole family. Probably I will raise my children with a certain bitterness towards the Higgins clan as well. But 100 years from now, should Chris Maverick IV teach Chris Maverick V to hate Mike Higgins V as well?

I think by essence no word is offensive. Its the meanings that offend. There was a story in the paper the other day about a teacher getting in trouble for passing out a history test that had the question on it "what is a racially offensive term for a black person" and the answer being nigger. If its inappropriate to even have that conversation then how can the healing begin?

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