The N-word

So, there is a special N-word that no one can say except the people who object to it?  Wow, America is buffaloed!  Is this a historical first?  Has there ever been another such forbidden word in the history of The United States of America?  A word that if spoken, everyone understands that is justification to vilify you, to even strike you in public? 

 

This is a different phenomenon from social disapproval of common English sexual or scatological swear words, which intensify, shock, and offend, while signifying a close personal relationship.  The prohibition on the N-word for only certain types of people, types of people who are not always easily identified, seems to me to be a passive-aggressive way of demonstrating that there is to be no close personal relationship between those allowed to speak the N-word and those who may not.  My 2¢:  And with that I disagree whole-heartedly, there will be close personal race relationships in my world.  When I taught sociology at Ohio State University from 1983-1985 and briefly in the Arizona Community College District, good race relations were a chapter in the book that I wholeheartedly taught, but I certainly did not expect this interpretation.

 

Some primitive cultures had separate languages for men and women in which it was taboo to speak the language of another gender, but the N-word is just one word that only certain types of people are allowed to speak, types of people who are not always easily identified.  I think the race-specific dichotomy of may-use/may-not-use the N-word may be a first in the history of humanity!  This sets a very bad precedent.  It erodes American freedom of expression.  What if I announced that no one could say "pfft" in my presence or I would call them evil incarnate and punch them in the nose?  I would be hauled off the loony bin.

Caption:  Drawing The Curtain On Freedom Of Expression

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

 Caption:  Bingo Board of racist slurs and other proclamations

to the masses—screen captures, 2018

Caption:  screen capture - Fox News reports discrimination a generation later, 08-26-18.

 

 

 

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