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From: deholl Date: October 18th, 2007 - 01:11 am (Link)
So what's in a word? In this case,historic pain, emotion and the baggage of overuse. While I for one oppose censorship, I do believe that use of the word for entertainment and art has lost its shock value. In many ways, it is as passe and potentially dull as "It was a dark and stormy night." Sylvester Stewart used it in the title of a song more than 30 years ago. It got little or no air play, but remains an effective use of direct confrontation for those enlightened who choose to live in a complete world. As for its efficacy as a lyric or free style expression, it seems sometimes to be a convenient substitute for truly creative expression.The word "it" can and has been used to demean in just the same way. Those old enough to have dealt with the word during times or under circumstances when there was little or no choice generally tend to be less accepting than those who solely have heard it as a term of self identity, endearment or kinship.... Still, I recall the rapper who experienced an epiphany when he saw the word mouthed bach at him from a mixed audience. We must all decide our own choices regarding language.

As for Chief Wahoo and "The Tribe," I've known the image and the nickname for more than 50 years. It is endearing and should not be changed. Even in their darkest days, the Indians were noble winners....
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 18th, 2007 - 03:11 am (Link)
my issue is more one of culture and identity than artistic merit. I will grant that the word is offensive. I will also grant that the word is inoffensive. It all depends on a frame of reference. My problem with Cosby is that he is arguing that those who aren't offended should be, which to me is just as troublesome and dangerous as telling someone they shouldn't be. Possibly moreso.
From: deholl Date: October 19th, 2007 - 12:51 am (Link)
While I would never attempt to place a value on any particular culture, it would seem to me that making one concept or word central to an Ethos elevates that to a level of... hmmmm, would the word be reli-- naaaahhh! No one surely wants to embrace a cult of Nigritude, do they?

Mr. Cosby appears to be simply trying to fill a role he sees as an empty void. Of course, he has taken (earned) a lot of money from Viacom while ignoring their role as distributors of scads of entertainment built around the "N" word. As for the good doctor, a very learned man who could contribute more if he sought out more contemporary allies.

Sadly there is a tendency in mainstream media to trot out the easy spokespersons...perhaps because they are easy to locate, or maybe because producers don't know how to find pertinent fresh faces.

Great discussion. Wish more would weigh in!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 19th, 2007 - 11:40 pm (Link)
says who? If someone wants to embrace a culture of Nigritude, isn't that their right. Isn't that the whole point of the struggle for civil rights? If we are truly to allow people to be whatever positive thing they want to be, we have to allow them the negative as well. The very making of that judgement call is contrary to the motivation.

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