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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    I just want to see how many people think that the "n word" is inherently a racist term, or if it is more complicated than that. I personally think that context is important regardless of what the offensive term is. I wouldn't consider a person racist for using the term regardless of the context. Context is incredibly important. What does everyone else think?
    I prefer, and use, the term "Ghetto Homie".

    Its clear that the 'n-word' is racist only when someone described by the 'n-word' wants it to be.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    It depends on who says it. If Harry Reid says it (in a racist context even) it's not racist, if some other white guy does then it is. Context doesn't mean anything, and the word itself has all kinds of meanings depending on the race of the individual. I personally don't like the word and I think its immature for anyone to say, but it's highly overplayed and people's careers are decimated for saying it even when they aren't racist.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    It depends on who says it. If Harry Reid says it (in a racist context even) it's not racist, if some other white guy does then it is. Context doesn't mean anything, and the word itself has all kinds of meanings depending on the race of the individual. I personally don't like the word and I think its immature for anyone to say, but it's highly overplayed and people's careers are decimated for saying it even when they aren't racist.
    I think it's silly to hold anything against a word. It's just a word. It's not capable of thought or emotion. It's how the word is used and the person who is using it that way.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Even if you're a white guy who has nothing but good feelings about blacks it just sounds racist to use that term.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    I just want to see how many people think that the "n word" is inherently a racist term, or if it is more complicated than that. I personally think that context is important regardless of what the offensive term is. I wouldn't consider a person racist for using the term regardless of the context. Context is incredibly important. What does everyone else think?
    i think it is, regardless of the context. i think some people like to use it for shock value, not that they are necessarily racist, but the word IS inherently racist.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    No, it doesn't express racial superiority of one race over black people.
    it demeans one race.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    Even if you're a white guy who has nothing but good feelings about blacks it just sounds racist to use that term.
    That's because people made up a new definition of racist.

    It used to mean, the belief that your race is inherently superior to another.
    Now it's anything offensive to another race.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    It depends on who says it. If Harry Reid says it (in a racist context even) it's not racist, if some other white guy does then it is. Context doesn't mean anything, and the word itself has all kinds of meanings depending on the race of the individual. I personally don't like the word and I think its immature for anyone to say, but it's highly overplayed and people's careers are decimated for saying it even when they aren't racist.
    whose career has been decimated because they said that word when they weren't racist?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    Even if you're a white guy who has nothing but good feelings about blacks it just sounds racist to use that term.
    While it may sound racist, it doesn't necessarily mean the person using it is racist. For instance, Patti Smith had a song called "Rock N' Roll Nigger", in which she uses the term "nigger" as a reference to the trailblazers and revolutionaries who are considered by many as outcasts and rebels in society, but because of their bravery make a huge difference and shape how our society changes later on. There's absolutely nothing racist about the song.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    it demeans one race.
    That may be true but if used in a fit of anger, to insult, it doesn't necessarily fulfill the qualifications of it being racist.
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