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    12 16.44%
  • I say it often; but in a joking manner

    2 2.74%
  • I say it sometimes; but in a joking manner

    5 6.85%
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Thread: The Tabooed N-Word

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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    african-american is a misnomer, seeing how 90% of them have never set foot in africa and no one in their family has come from africa in 150 years and they would **** themselves if they ever had to go to africa.

    that's like me calling myself scottish-american because my great-great-great-great gandfather was from scotland.
    if african-american isn't appropriate because "brown people" (which is actually what Indian Americans refer to themselves as for the record) haven't been to Africa, black isn't an appropriate name either since no one is actually black. and calling yourself white is just as inappropriate as calling yourself scottish-american because you're not actually white. every racial label is a misnomer.

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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    if african-american isn't appropriate because "brown people" (which is actually what Indian Americans refer to themselves as for the record) haven't been to Africa, black isn't an appropriate name either since no one is actually black. and calling yourself white is just as inappropriate as calling yourself scottish-american because you're not actually white. every racial label is a misnomer.
    I've seen "black" people, you can't say no one is actually black and I've seen some people who are damn near white.

    but at least color descriptors are vaguely descriptive.
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    negro

    colored

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    african-american


    hey brown people....pick a freakin name and stick with it. african-american is a misnomer, seeing how 90% of them have never set foot in africa and no one in their family has come from africa in 150 years and they would **** themselves if they ever had to go to africa.

    that's like me calling myself scottish-american because my great-great-great-great gandfather was from scotland.
    I am Dutch/German. I frequently refer to myself as such.
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am Dutch/German. I frequently refer to myself as such.
    I know a "white" guy who moved to the US from johannesburg. he is an african-american. some guy who was born in harlem is no more african american than I am the pope
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    TPD, I can agree up to a point. Truth is, I think the word is inflammatory in and of itself. I can't even think of another word that can have the same emotional impact. I wonder though, if the word was more commonly used and were not so forbidden, if that would actually remove the "power" to offend that the word has. Right now using that word guarantees you a response. What would happen if using that word was not a big deal anymore?
    I personally think "the n word" should be retired and people should just say "nigger" when they're referring to it because I do think that the refusal to even utter the word in any context gives it more impact than it has to have. At the same time, no matter how much we say it, I think it will always retain its status as an insult. However, I think if people were able to say the actual word and not the substitutes, we would all be able to talk about it more "matter of factly" since now every mention of the word carries with it emotional baggage.

    In other words, I agree that keeping it "forbidden" heightens the intensity of the word's impact when it's used and I think that being able to say "nigger" instead of "the n word" would take that intensity away and enable people to see it merely as a word that certain people use to offend rather than a word that always has to offend. I think the latter is the problem a lot of people face today - that one always has to be offended when the word is said - and that perception causes a lot of problems.

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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    I know a "white" guy who moved to the US from johannesburg. he is an african-american. some guy who was born in harlem is no more african american than I am the pope
    In that it is referring to their lineage, sure he is. He is African American in the same way you are of European descent. That is in fact exactly what the phrase means.
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    I've seen "black" people, you can't say no one is actually black and I've seen some people who are damn near white.

    but at least color descriptors are vaguely descriptive.
    it's all the same to me. Irish-American and African-American give you pictures of people in your mind who display certain physical characteristics. Black and white give you the same pictures. Neither group of words is an wholly accurate description since most of both groups aren't directly from Ireland or Africa and most blacks and whites aren't black or white. Moreover, we just call Asians...Asians, not even Asian-American even though many of them aren't from Asia. Our racial labels are mixed up and nonsensical in many ways. To me, the name is only as important as I have enough experience with it to know what kind of person you're talking about.

    That said, I always use black and white and rarely use African-American or other things.

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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    I think that if liberals would stop ****ting themselves every time they heard it and black folks would ignore it, racists would stop using it.

    hint: they keep using it because it gets the desired reaction from those they use it against.
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    I always liked "Blue-eyed devil", personally.
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    Re: The Tabooed N-Word

    I can't answer the poll, there's no "other" option.

    I use it infrequently, but I do it to make a point and not because I think it constitutes appropriate language.

    For example, in the past I've said things like, "Muslims: The new niggers!"
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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