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The word originated as a term used in a neutral context to refer to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger, meaning the color "black".
Originally posted by harrytuttle
I disagree with the OP. To say that any word has absolutely NO place in society is censorship at best, Orwellian thought control at worst.
Originally posted by Teratoma
I believe that calling my Italian friend a "greasy whop" while being called a "stupid honky" by my black brother-in-law can be a celebration of how far we've come since those words actually carried vitriol, as opposed to a reminder of how bad things once were.
Actually, homosexual persecution has been going on for thousands of years, and still takes place. Look at the holocaust, where thousands of homosexuals were killed. In fact, 78 countries around the world currently have laws banning consensual homosexuality. Even in America in the fifties, gays were put in asylums and thought to have a mental disorder, sometimes given electro-shock therapy and labotomies. Yes, they have been lynched, ostracized, scorned, tortured, etc. To say that homosexuals should not be given the same respect as blacks is pure ignorance. The same goes for women, who have and still are persecuted for their sex, something they cannot control. Look at honor killings, for Chrissake! We should not afford these minorities the same respect? Shame on you.
I recently visited Louisiana and toured some of the plantations down there, it is nothing less than a horrific scene that 99% of all Black people, who were brought to America on slave ships, had to endure. For over four hundred years, generation after generation, whole families of sometimes 6 to 7 people lived in 16 x 16 foot sheds. They were sold like commodities at a market. They were systematically broken down mentally and physically, almost like a horse, to become nothing more than workers for their master.
Originally posted by LifeIsEnergyI'm sorry, but I never once stated that other minorities should not be granted the same level of respect. They should, but we are not talking about that in this thread.
I do take some dislike in your equal comparison of the Gay struggle to the Black American struggle, as that is a true disservice to the reality of what happened. I must admit I am not as well versed in the Gay struggle as I am in the Black American struggle, but I do feel there is a rather large level of difference between the two.
[edit on 22-8-2010 by LifeIsEnergy]
Originally posted by LifeIsEnergy
reply to post by ghaleon12
"Fag is worse"? How many gay people have been lynched, whipped and pulled apart by horses tied to their limbs? Matter of fact, how many hundred years did gay people go through slavery? I am sorry, this isn't just a word, and to compare it to other curse words like Bit#h or Fa#got, is truly saying something about you level of understanding of our history in America, and about the history and suffering Black America has gone through.