Originally quoted by dgtempe
Ceci, i'm not trying to offend you. I was hoping you'd join me in realizing that life is life and we are not going to change it.
You are not offending me. For the most part, I do realize that life is life. But I am putting an alternative reading of how I view this matter.
That is all.
And what I am saying is that people ought to consider that there are other connotations of the term tar baby and people are offended by its use. They
should also ponder that as well when making an assessment of deriding "political correctness".
I also am trying to say that others should not be offended by the usage of terms derogatory to them if they have no compunction about implementing the
term "tar baby".
Maybe its my lack of understanding of the English language that things slide by me and nothing much offends me. As far as crackers...i have no
idea what the "other" meaning of this is...see? I think crackers is something you eat. Is that suppossed to be offensive?
I'm being totally honest with you here.
For the most part, dg, it is something that you eat. But yes, cracker is considered as offensive to whites as some would think "tar baby" is.
But the gauntlet has been thrown. I've taken it up for this thread.
I'm learning about the double standard of words especially when what will be considered offensive or not.
And again, I am just demonstrating that if people don't care about "tar baby" and will use it, then it is fair to employ any offensive term. And
if they are offended by it, they should just sweep their concerns under the rug and move on. Issues like these ought not to be discussed anymore.
We'll just insult each other without remorse and pat ourselves on the back.
That is what this world is getting to.
So, why should I care if people consider "cracker" an offensive term if the posters here are so willing to be apologists for the use of "tar baby"
and not care about the feelings of African-Americans?
Politeness and manners do not count anymore, so put the cards on the table instead of using one term to express feelings about race relations and
It doesn't make any of these terms better. It only demonstrates how this society lacks empathy and compassion for others.
But one must not forget, those using "tiredness" about race and racism are not that beleaguered if they continually complain about issues such as
this one. It only shows that those who express tiredness about this subject matter fully embrace their victimhood more than anyone else.
[edit on 4-8-2006 by ceci2006]