malkinshair wrote:shmenguin wrote:columbia wrote:I don't get the "it was used in a special circumstance and you might too" argument.
The implication is that it is some sort of deep seeded, default (and therefore "natural") response that one is holding onto for special occasions.
So then any non-african-american who has ever said the 'n word' is a racist, regardless of context?
Any man who has used the 'c word' is a misogynist?
Any straight person who has ever used the 'f word' is a homophobe?
This is dangerous thinking. I don't particularly care for any of the 'offensive' words above, but assuming and assigning such damning personal character attributes based on use of language is, well, ignorant at best. Deen may or may not be a raging racist that hates all black people, but her admitted use of the 'n word' doesn't prove that. Ironically, I'd think that if you read and believe the actual account of her 'admission', you'd see a person that grew up in a certain culture that accepted that word, learned that the use of that word was hurtful, and stopped using it as a result. Isn't that what the most vocal of you in this thread want?
The use of language is a very powerful thing, but not as powerful as the suppression of language...even offensive language.
If someone is robbing you, you feel anger towards them. Why would you use that word in that instance? Why not a******, or motherf******? Why go to the word that has a specific racial intent? If you see a black person doing something bad, do you think of them as a n******? To me it doesn't seem like, "well, obviously I'd call them that because they're robbing me."