(use when cool or demonize when convenient) Are we desensitized

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  1. politicsdaylee profile image55
    politicsdayleeposted 8 years ago

    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?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not desensitized.
      Demonized, yes, by those who show reverse racism and cry foul when their own words are used by others.

      1. politicsdaylee profile image55
        politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        demonize when convenient,  that's a good name for a metal song.
        I will get right on it!

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    It just ain't cool for some to be cool.

    1. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol I know its just funny ,I have done a lot of studio work with rap artist I like some rap but its always( n- word this n- word that)  and from being from a hard rock background I can relate to the rebellious part of young music.
      Peace!

  3. Doug Hughes profile image58
    Doug Hughesposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yes you are right, and state the obvious.
      But it seems its not as black and white  as you make it sound.( lol that was a little pun)

  4. Hokey profile image61
    Hokeyposted 8 years ago

    I think this is a stupid thread. Goodbye

    1. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you hokey have a nice day!

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    Will Bensonposted 8 years ago

    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.

    My thoughts.

    1. Sab Oh profile image51
      Sab Ohposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. politicsdaylee profile image55
        politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        cya next time sab

        1. Sab Oh profile image51
          Sab Ohposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          See ya

    2. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  6. Sab Oh profile image51
    Sab Ohposted 8 years ago

    Sometimes freedom of speech is uncomfortable, but I guess in a way it's meant to be.

    1. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

    2. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I wouldn't have it any other way.
      lol

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    Will Bensonposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. politicsdaylee profile image55
      politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. politicsdaylee profile image55
        politicsdayleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lucky I never had to fight in a war

 
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