Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
So what you are saying in a long winded speech there is that if you use a derogatory term, the police should get involved? Do you really want that
type of retardation in this country? We have enough retards running it._)
I apologize for using more than three sentences which apparently exceeds the attention span or comprehension limit of some. Nice way to be derisively
We already have such Criminal Laws in all States of the Union. It is called Harassment. Any words or actions that can be construed as patently
offensive by the victim can be considered a Misdemeanor.
However, that was *NOT*
what I was suggesting in the least. As there is no need to change the various State Harassment laws as they already
sufficiently address such an issue.
In the context of the OP of this thread, it was noting the disparity in specific examples of how one derogatory slur in sports is accepted, while the
next is given a mild punishment, yet the next is given a severe punishment, when in fact all should be treated with the same stern severity, equally
and without bias.
Ideally, derogatory slurs should be condemned equally across society. Let social stigma dictate such, just as it has for Racial slurs for the past
decade or two. The threat of ostracization, public denouncement and humiliation has been enough to ensure proper behavior modification from all but
the most extreme of racists. No judicial intervention has been needed.
However, this shouldn't be limited to just Racial slurs, as what is the difference between saying hurtful words based upon the color of one's skin
compared to saying hurtful words based upon one's sexual preference? They are equally as harming, equally as insidious, and equally as offensive.
They should be treated equally when authoritative agencies look to take punitive action. The NFL is not the Police...but they are authoritative for
all the players on any NFL team. Within their jurisdiction, they should do as they see fit, so long as it is not disparate from the punitive measures
they take against other players. If they decide X against a Player for making racist comments, then they should decide X against another Player for
making sexist comments, just as they should decide X against a third Player for making homophobic comments. The punitive measures they choose to take
should be equal and without bias across the board...That's a big difference than saying the NFL should always call the Police.
And, might it also be said that your use of the "R" word is patently offensive to those with physical, mental, or learning disabilities. You have
successfully used a derogatory slur that subtly promulgates and condones further discrimination against those with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down
Syndrome, and a myriad of other disabilities. The use of such a slur not only hurts those it slanders, but it displays one's lack of compassion,
consideration, and overall lack of maturity.
Is it really too much to ask that people learn to think before they open their mouth (or use their fingers)?
Asking people to grow a thicker skin never excuses one's own lack of consideration and fore-thought into their choice of words. At some point a
person has to grow up and take accountability for the words they recklessly and carelessly use, rather than expecting everyone else to just shrug them