posted on Nov, 22 2006 @ 01:28 PM
Frankly, the discussion surrounding the so called double-standard bores me. I feel it is a complete waste of time. If black men wish to refer to
themselves with the N word, then so be it. I choose not to use the word, as I feel it is a term to degrade all black people. Others deem it
appropriate and use it often, I do not. Am I offended that others use the term loosely, but if I were to use it I would be chastised for it? No!
So this double standard crap is complete garbage. Why would we even want to use the term? What does it prove? There are hundreds of other terms we
can use. People who are offended by the fact blacks use it, while others can not, is severely misguided in my opinion.
Why would we want to use any term to degrade another human? Sure many people use the term loosely with no meaning behind it. Most times the term is
used as a form of brotherhood rather than degradation, I respect this choice. But it is not my right to be offended by my inability to use the
The use of this word in this specific incident is secondary to the message itself. It was not a matter of referring to a black man as a you know
what. It was a person being degraded, humiliated and bombarded with racial slurs. The slurs themselves are secondary, the racial content is first
and foremost. I think this thread is becoming more focused on the actual wording of Richards comments than the true message behind it.
His intent was to inflict harm. When these are your intentions, the wording itself is regardless.
I can forgive him, but his actions can not be forgotten. I firmly believe he is a racist.
I am capable of leaving it at that.