reply to post by chissler
I don't think you're reading my post and by parsing it, you're gutting the spirit of the post.
I like to discourage that here, but I've been unsuccessful.
I will repeat what I said.
There is no reason why that word should be the source of so much grief. There is no reason why anyone should lose a career over it.
It is used by blacks in their media and in the presence of whites.
It is used in public by blacks to intimidate whites, as I've seen it used many, many times in New Orleans, especially on the bus expressly for this
This is America! We have freedom of speech or at least we used to.
I was raised not to use the term and I rarely do except for effect.
The word is being used by blacks as a form of blackmail.
If the word is so offensive, why do I hear blacks use not only that word, but every epithet for every other race and don't deny that blacks speak
this way, because I know.
We allow our entertainers to use the most vile profanity, but a word that is nothing more than a mispronunciation of the sometimes acceptable term
Negro, causes grown men to cry, even the ones who use it incessantly.
Most of the rest of your points I don't understand, but as someone who studies the social sciences and who has lived for many years now, I can tell
you that the pendulum swings and the further it is pushed in one direction the further it swings in the other direction.
These observations have historical validity, but they don't have to be realized if people would get a grip on reality.
I used the term gringo as an example, because it is not always used in a very complimentary light in this part of the country, but I and all the
gringos who work and eat at the restaurant in which I work have a strong enough sense of self to understand its use in context.
Everyone eats and has a good time and the owner has gotten rich because gringos know how to take a joke.
That kind of spirit would do everyone a whole lot of good, except the race hustlers.
I think this elongated version says no more than my more concise version, but I hope this is more palatable than the first.
[edit on 2007/11/5 by GradyPhilpott]