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Re: “Panel debates use of the n-word

The word, no matter how it is used remains derogatory. Everyone knows where the word came from and how it was used to degrade black men and women. And no matter what excuses one may come up with to justify the use of the word by blacks, it remains the same; derogatory. Funny, whites/asians/hispanics/jews, etc., Have not continued to use their derogatory counterpart names in slang or every day conversation. But the black man/woman have not yet learned that what was once meant to slander and demoralize has just continued to carry over. As with all the other negative things blacks continue to do, that was once fought for; by our ancestors; to be changed so that we could be considered equals. No different from the black on black crime; just verbally. And to try to eliminate the word completely can only begin within the home. As long as we continue to justify the use of the word, just because we are black will only prolong the use of the word. The only way the word can be eliminated is to educate each generation, stop using the word our selves and begin to teach respect of on another. In a perfect world, the n word would have died out just like some of the other derogatory words used for others; but because no one wants to make a stand against blacks as well as whites and many others who continue to use the word, we just accept it. Society has a funny way of accepting things instead of standing up and fighting for what is right. It just goes to prove that acceptance is easier to do than doing the right thing. Let’s face it, we have grown accustomed to the easy way out rather than standing up for what we believe in. It’s much easier for a white man/woman to accept that he/she can not use the n word in any form no matter how it’s presented, than to redirect a black man/woman not to use the word at all. Sounds to me it’s a no win situation either way until the black man/woman learn to respect their past and the fight that our ancestors went through to earn what little respect we have been granted to this point. When they begin to truly respect and understand the trials that had taken place before them; then and only then; can we hope the n word will be removed from our vocabulary.

Posted by Cheryl on 04/10/2007 at 8:56 PM

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