Hello.

I'm posting my stance on the entire N word's usage.

I don't think that the word should be said at all, by anyone. Blacks say it meaning "Frined" or "That guy", but if a white person were to say it, it'd be highly offencive. I can understand how this would be annoying in the eyes of whites, but I think it should first be understood that the word was transformed into a different meaning by blacks and blacks alone, if somone else were to use it, it'd mean a whole different thing.

Now this rule that whites can't say the N word (not in front of blacks at least), but blacks can has been obeyed for as far back as I can remember. The berrier kind of broke, recently in my opinion. Whites have said this word to me via an Xbox live headset, or through the internet, never to my face. I'm guessing it's becasue of fear.

"Well, if African Americans don't want to be called the N word, they should stop calling THEMSELVES the N word, then"

A typical comeback to the N word discussion, and I agree with it. nobody should use the N word, no matter what they mean by it in my opinion. Just because of the power it had, and still has today. It's one of the ugliest words in the english language, and for that it should not be said. Just becasue it's heard in rap videoes, or in movies, doesn't mean it can be said casually.

Well, that's my stance on the argument... comment please.

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Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 30, 2009 at 2:06pm
One issue has morphed into two or three. So:

(1) The "N"-word should not be condoned in popular usage. What's far worse than this word as an insult--which is what it should be if anything--is as a term of familiarity, which speaks volumes about the mentality of black people who use it as such.

(2) No, all bad words are not equal, nor are even all forms of discrimination equal, because all the groups targeted to not have equal status as victims.

(3) Asa for "seeing color", the real point should be acknowledging social reality as it is now, without making unjustified assumptions about individuals. If you wish to see an integrated society, then you have to recognize society as it is organized now, and be conscious of the changes necessary to create the color-blind society of the distant future, after we're all dead.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 12, 2009 at 8:21pm
Jim Paisley: [...]

Isn't what you just said precisely what we do here ?
Comment by Razrback11 on March 12, 2009 at 8:05pm
I'm sorry, Jim, but I have to disagree. Seeing color is not counterproductive. Color does matter because your color is part of your heritage. By ignoring color, you're ignoring the heritage that goes along with it. I would think that most people are proud of their color. I think its more offensive to ignore color all together. By ignoring someone's color, you are ignoring part of who they are.

I wish more people would leave feedback on this. If I'm wrong, I'm humble enough to admit it. I just don't think I am in this case.
Comment by Scream on March 12, 2009 at 12:10am
A-uh--men :)
Comment by Razrback11 on March 11, 2009 at 11:12pm
I don't know that there is an answer to this dilemma. There is no way that everyone will stop using the word. You will not ever get all African-Americans to quit using it and there are still enough closeted racists around to keep the word in circulation. I also don't agree with the Carlin assessment. That word carries with it a lot more hatred than Carlins "dirty words". Eric Holder said we are a nation of cowards when it comes to race and I feel that he is correct. Too many people say they don't see color. Color is there, so it must be seen. It needs to be seen and in return respected. Claiming you don't see race is the same as hiding from the problems of the past.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 11, 2009 at 8:44pm
Nano: but maybe we should view it as our duty to demystify them.

Absolutely. Same with the "C" word. Probably the greatest hypocrisy I have ever personally encountered was by a rabid feminist, rape crisis centre worker who I painfully endured as a "friend", who would pepper her conversation with "dick" or "prick", yet give me hell for causing violence and oppression against wimmin by saying "cunt". Please.

"Nigger" is no more or less offensive to me than "redneck". Let yourself get bothered by words, and your on the same path who's logical extreme ends up in suicide bombing.

And trust me on this, I can (and have been known to) be infinitely more offensive using the Queen's English than any combination of expletives you could ever dream of.

Words are words. Get over it. It's intent that counts.

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