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Originally posted by Artista
As long as it's not used in a vulgar or malicious way, one persons "racial slur" is another persons descriptive term.
This constant monitoring of every single word people use in everyday language is getting to be dangerous and the more people continue to point out what they believe are "slurs," the less chance we have to express oursleves, in any way.
Just because someone may say something others may find offensive doesn't mean it's purpose was to be offensive - or to offend.
[edit on 11-1-2009 by Artista]
As it emerged that Prince Harry was facing disciplinary action over his comments, Lt Ahmed Raza Khan's father, Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Abassi, told The Daily Telegraph he had been left hurt and angry.
Originally posted by Mindsmog
a Paki is from pakistan , funny enough and why should there be anything wrong with that?
The abbreviation Paki acquired offensive connotations in the 1960s when used by British tabloids to refer to subjects of former colony states in a derogatory and racist manner. In modern British usage "Paki" is typically used in a derogatory way as a label for all South Asians, including Indians, Afghans and Bangladeshis. To a lesser extent, the term has been applied as a racial slur towards Arabs and other Middle Eastern-looking groups who may resemble South Asians. During the 60's many emigrants were also dubbed as "black" to further segregrate them from the white community. Some would say such a division still exists in parts of England.
In recent times there has been a trend by second and third-generation British Pakistanis to reclaim the word. The word has been turned into a keepsake for the young British Pakistani community that is not acceptable for someone outside the community to say it, including Indians and Bangladeshis. (same as the word 'n-word' in the US...anok)