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The N Word vs Freedom Of Speech

Updated on August 23, 2017

A War On Words . . .

Is Your Goat Tied Here?

Verbal bullying, name calling, insult hurling, fire-breathing words that were designed to shock and revile are not polite, but are part of life in general. Most kids grow up getting called a whole lot worse than 'n' words.

But if you think the 'n' word is offensive, it is even more so when politics are involved. Whenever the 'n' word (or any other word) is used to encourage heated debate on its use or misuse, the first thing most controlling governments do is find a way to get tax funding to study its eradication to create laws of censorship. 

Censorship And The 'N' Word

Hollywood Doll - Mae West Art
Hollywood Doll - Mae West Art

"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."  ~ Mae West

Mae West could not have said it better, and no truer words were ever spoken. Lawmakers are currently implementing policies designed to police the offensive words of its taxpaying citizens for courtroom profit on behalf of those who claim to be offended or abused by them. Essentially, our First Amendment rights are being eroded one word at a time.

The Flag Of Freedom
The Flag Of Freedom

History and Meaning of Freedom Of Speech

According to Wikipedia, the origins of freedom of speech and expression began with ancient Athen's' democratic ideology of free speech documented in the late 6th or early 5th century BC. Two of the most cherished values of the Roman Republic were freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Formal documentation of freedom of speech in the United States dates back to 1698, as it related to French and English occupation of the colonists at the time. After the Revolutionary War, the United States incorporated ones right to freedom of speech in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is also included by many state constitutions, and state and federal laws.

However, the freedom is not absolute; the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are excluded from the freedom of speech, and it has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech. How this freedom of speech is manipulated by the courts and international laws can be found in the detailed timeline here.

The N Word In The Amazon

There is more to the history of The N Word than what is written in a couple of books. Knowledge is a good thing. You are welcome to share yours here.

Banning The N Word

Banning words typically leads to burning books, courtrooms filled with frivolous law suits, and a country filled with people who are afraid to speak their mind.

Should we protect our freedom of speech? Or should the "n" word be banned?

So what do you think?

The Most Important Thing

It's not just about the 'n' word. Words evoke emotion, instill intelligence, bridge gaps in communication, inspire ideas, and educate. Words can be powerful. Words can heal the heart, or instill a riot. But words are only words until people get involved.

For just a minute, imagine living in a world where 'words' are selected for elimination.

Words Of Wisdom

"Neither a borrower, nor a lender be" ~ William Shakespeare, 1564

In summary, the purpose of this site is to enlighten and encourage debate, and serve as a gentle reminder that there are more important issues than banning words. You are welcome to say what you want here, and if you have a link that relates to our First Amendment Rights, you are welcome to share it here, too.

Burying The N Word

Richard Pryor and The N Word

What's 'N A Word . . .

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      CRY BABIES 3 years ago

      fuck all those cry babies, a real man can walk off words. its all on sided, they call each other nagger often. but when a honkey, spic, wetback, whop, or jew says nagger were racists. they also discriminate against their own light skinned naggers. same goes for overseas such as iraq, light skin sand naggers and dark skin sand naggers. this will never end its worldwide. worst thing anyone can do is pay attention to names, don't let it stick and we will all be fine. don't blow up a name, its a stupid thing to do. a smart person knows words are words, but if you are truly a nagger you have to accept your inner nagger. anyone can be a nagger

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Excellent lens on a very touchy subject and I'm surprised I never saw it before.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      You have picked a very debatable topic. I give you *****, for the courage to voice your opinion, in a very well done lens.