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Words are just words. If you get upset with someone for using a word you don’t like even if the speaker meant no disrespect then you’re an idiot, and in fact you’re the reason that racism and political correctness is so hard to understand.
Intent is everything. If offense is meant then be offended. The words aren’t the offender. Don’t tell kids off for using “racist”/whatever words when you really should be telling them off for meaning offense, racist or otherwise. Words are nothing. Intent is everything.
Don’t say “you can’t say that word!” Ever! Punish intent only.
For example, “But Chinese people don’t like being called chinky!” Why? Aussies call us English people “poms”. Americans call us “limeys”. We don’t give a fuck. And don’t generalise Chinese people by saying “they” don’t like something! That itself is racist. It’s no wonder that most people find it impossible to know what’s “racist” and argue over harmless things. If an individual Chinese person objects to the word then tough shit. If they find offense where none was intended then that’s their hang-up. That goes for all of us.
Saying “Damn niggers!” is bad because of intent. It’s NO different from going “Damn Norwegians!” The racism is in the intent, not the word. Stop caring about words, despite your instinct. Your instinct is wrong. Don’t be worried about seeming racist. It’s the only solution and it’s embarrassing that we haven’t done this yet.
Racism-Awareness is devastating to interracial harmony. It makes people uncomfortable because they’re on-guard, trying not to seem racist. It served a purpose in darker times but now it’s just holding us back. “Just fucking call us crackers and chinkies and eskimos and niggers and indians etc.! It’s cute! Relax!” It’s the ONLY solution. Even descriptive words like “round-eye” and “ghost” (asian nicknames for caucasians) are cute if you stop taking the slightest, inconsequential God-damn thing so personally. There may be exceptions but I swear I can’t think of even one.
The only rule: Don’t object to nicknames for your race. It’s fucking ridiculous. Object only to racist intent. Words aren’t offensive. Offensive people are offensive.
Let’s be the generation that let go of all the stupid baggage weighing us down from older, more ignorant times.
You are white. (BTW, so am I.)
You do not understand what it is to be a person of color and to be a target of racism. You may not think it is a big deal, but that is because you benefit from white privilege, and you don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to have your identity, humanity, and equality challenged on a constant basis.
Your assertion that to be aware of racism is to perpetuate it is absurd. We need to not only be aware of racism, but confront it in order to work towards defeating it. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away.
Intent is not everything. Language has its own history. Words matter. Racist epithets are more than just “offensive,” they are destructive.
Your idea that to point that out is what is racist, and not the epithets themselves, is ridiculous. It’s a canard that racists use to silence the conversation about their racism, to distract from the fact they are being racist.
Racists should be shamed - and you should be ashamed.
“If I were a Native American I would have a complete wardrobe of religious headgear from every possible sector of Anglo culture and I would wear them at the most inappropriate times and places. I would dress up as the Virgin Mary for Halloween and wear my sporty pope hat to the beach.”—
Nate and I were in the same residential college, so I saw him around pretty early on and I thought he was cute. One night at dinner, he came over and sat next to me in the dining hall while I was holding the last bite of a bagel. I am awkward, so when he said hi, the bagel just magically fell out of my hand as if I’d lost motor control or something. He said something like, “What, did you butter the outside?” (a typical Nate-ism.)
Yeaaaah, I’m still a little embarrassed about it, but six years later, I’d say it all turned out ok.
6 words: substance abuse problems; both read books
Introduced by friend we both hated.
(I didn’t say we aren’t jerks, haha.)
"Friendly" cuddling sometimes leads to lesbianism.