I was ify about posting this question, and I know regardless of what I say I'll probably get attacked, if not outright censored. I'm going to ask this anyway. Why is [the-n-word] (turns into asterisks) given so much power? It's like a bad word beyond a bad word. Even look at this site. It's just asterisks if you write it. We are supposed to pretend it doesn't exist? We can't fire up the flux capacitor and go back in time to erase its very existence. That's not going to happen so why pretend like you can? People are spewing this word, anyway, and you will never, ever stop them. in my opinion, if anything you are feeding this monster by trying to censor.
If you are still here and haven't gone into an emotional tizzy, let me make my case. I'm not saying we should all of a sudden tolerate insulting people. That's absurd. I'm saying it shouldn't be any different from other vulgar words. Take the word "cunt". Is it offensive to women? Maybe, but hardly anyone seems to care, anymore. People (esp. Brits and Australians) call each other cunts regardless of gender. It still doesn't mean you'd call someone that with any sort of peaceful intent. So "cunt" is just another insult. It doesn't mean we try to pretend it never existed as a word. So why do we have to completely ban the utterence of another, similar word? Because of racial history? I'm aware of all that, but the "speak no evil" strategy has never produced a single, positive outcome once in the history of humanity.
I have a nephew whose mother is black and he brought up some people using [the-n-word]. If he had heard it when he was 5, he wouldn't have cared about it in any way. Now that he's more aware, he's becoming keen to the fact that people see it as a "special word". I can see the process of programming in action that leads a person to have a pavlovian reaction to a word because that's the environment they are raised in. This is quite pathetic, in my opinion. You can argue that it should be that way, but don't try to say that it's the natural order of things, or some kind of proven path in reducing racism. It's just an arbirary choice that hasn't proven anything good. And saying "the n word" is worse than the actual word, in my opinion, because you're basically saying that you are defeated by a word, but that you acknowledge how horrible it is but still want to get away with saying it. It's vile on many levels.
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i will never understand why people say nigga but when they say the actual n word they lose their shit both are equally offensive1