We all know friends among themselves call each other names as terms of endearment. Take rap music for instance it uses the N-word in excess as does the movie industry. But its cool in that setting. Is there a term for (use when cool or demonize when convenient) Are we desensitized now?
Demonized, yes, by those who show reverse racism and cry foul when their own words are used by others.
It's entirely a matter of context.It was explained to me by a black man back in the 70s. A black man might advance his son $5 with the admonition, 'You owe me 5 bucks, nigger!'. And there's no harm, no foul.
If an angry white person called that same black youth 'nigger' because he was bussed to a previously all-white school, that same black man, who called that same black youth 'nigger' would be outraged by the racist INTENT - behind the insult.
So verbal racism has two components - the intent of the speaker and the perception of the person on the receiving end.
I think rap artists use the "N" word for shock value and comedians use it to get a laugh. Maybe they feel that they can rob the word of it's power by using it casually.
It's hard to think of any word that has caused as much hurt and pain as this one. It's dehumanizing; it's not good for race relations or our country either.
I believe it's time to put this term to rest. If everyone stopped using it, maybe it would disappear.
The use of the N-word in popular African American culture is an exercise in co-opting, and thereby defusing, the power of a racial epithet and then using it to demonstrate the victory thereby achieved. It becomes a symbol of empowerment and cultural autonomy. Telling African Americans to stop using it would not be the unconditional positive that some people seem to think it would be. To stop everyone from using it (were such a thing possible) would leave it hanging there in the ether where it would retain the power of the original slur.
yes very good point, I forgot to mention the comedians
I guss the lesson is ,don't be to thin skin or you will be p.o. all the time.
Sometimes freedom of speech is uncomfortable, but I guess in a way it's meant to be.
Yes, Freedom of Speech is a right, and we're all well aware of what our rights are.
I (& many others) spent 4 yrs of my younger life defending that and our other rights.
Along with every right comes the responsibility to use it wisely. Sometimes this means that using a little self restraint is a good thing.
Thanks Will, my dad and uncles served in the Korean war.
self restraint is a good practice.
Its upsetting to think about how some people spit on our Vietnam soldiers when they return home.
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