Lately, there has come upon the
scene a word so awful that no one dares utter it.
In fact, to use the "N" word--as
it is euphemistically called--is to be guilty of using "Hate Speech," which
in some venues is punishable by statute or at the least by social sanction.
When the First Amendment is interpreted,
it is generally accepted that it does not protect speech that incites people
to harm, i.e., yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theater when there is none,
or inciting a riot.
If you do a search of
will come up with more than 300,000 hits. For a word that is not 'Politically
Correct' to use, there seems to be lots of instances of its use!
is slang for Negro.
2)_ It is also the slurring
of, or lazy pronunciation of the word Negro.
3)_ Its use by and among blacks
is common and not generally intended, nor taken as offensive. However,
that usage is exclusinary, i.e., whites can't use it.
a.. When used
by 'others' it is often taken as offensive; predominately by liberal whites.
Main Entry: Negro:
Form(s): plural Negroes
Spanish or Portuguese, from negro black, from Latin nigr-, niger
It is also
the name of three rivers.
Etymology: alteration of earlier
neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from
negro black, from Latin niger Date: 1700
1 : a black person
2 : a member of any dark-skinned
3 : a member of a socially disadvantaged
class of persons <it's time for somebody to lead all of America's...
all the people who feel left out of the political process -- Ron Dellums>
in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past
as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as
perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English.
Its use by and among blacks is not
always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise
a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.
|Richard Pryor, Chris
Rock, Chris Tucker, et al. use
in their comedy acts.
who use the word claim
continual use of the word make it
"Give the word a new connotation."
"Why be a Hostage to the Past?" "Why help some
make it off the backs of brothers and sisters?"
'N' Word as a Commodity: $$
buy a used car from any of these characters ?
Sadly, those who derive their income
and power base by exploiting racial friction don't want the "N"
word to disappear--ever!
But they do want it to remain "Demonized,"
and out there to use as their personal weapon whenever it suits their
agenda. --Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et
al. come to mind; as well as, a large part of the Media. ABC's Ted Kopple
makes a living keeping the 'Scab' of Racial Tension from healing.
Like a Preacher or Cop might say
about Sin, "without It we're out of work."
Likewise, those Parasites who don't
want to have to work for a living, will exploit this festering fear and
ignorance for their own aggrandizement.
What an awful price we all--Black
and White--must pay to keep these Assholes in the lavash lifestyle
to which they have become accustom!
Personally, I worry that the Fires
not burn hot enough for these Sorry Bastards!
Of course, inevitability, they will
be used to "Insult," or "Hurt" another person.
that are considered Profane--of which there are a number--are
often used when the language fails us. In certain select situations--like
hammering one's own thumb--there is no word that does the job like:
"SHIT!" or "Son-of-a-Bitch!"
And, yes, sometimes the "Insulted"
person may deserve it--or Not!
has been around forever. It is in our literature, the news, our movies,
and most recently in television.
Television is an interesting case;
it is still maturing as a vehicle for profanity --especially gratuitous
The words used seem to evolve, e.g.,
most recently the word "Ass" was floated with little adverse reaction.
It started on the cable comedy shows;
from there it moved to the hard hitting pseudo realistic Cop shows; and
finally on to more mainstream shows--like Frasier, etc.
With this success, it was no time
until the combined phrase "Asshole" was floated, and was accepted.
of a Bitch,
Shit Head, Asshole...
I know what these words and phrases
mean, and how to use most of them.
What I don't understand is how
is of greater magnitude than, say, Son of a Bitch,
or God Damn Rotten Mutha Fucker. If one takes either epithet
seriously, there is going to be a world of hurt!
It seems to be of such magnitude
that you dare not even say the word, lest you be marked a Biggot!
Excuse-tha-Hell-out-of-me, but If
I called someone a God Damn Mutha Fucking Son of a Bitch;
it's my fervent belief that I am a pretty dispicable human being--unless
of course, he is a God Damn Mutha Fucking Son of a Bitch.
On TV it's OK to use just about any
profanity known to sailors; but the "N" word remains just that, the "N"
old Robert Byrd can't even say
without getting beat up on.
So by that logic, it must have nothing
to do with Race? --Go figure!
When my children were young, they
of course had questions about "Bad Words." I counseled them that
words alone are not necessarly "Bad," but it is how they're used that determines
I should mention that I further warned my children that if they choose
to use these words, that when word got out, they would inevitably experience
certain of their little friends not being allowed to play with them, by
order of their parents. That explanation seemed to hold more sway than
"these words are just BAD, trust me."
suggested that infinitely more Evil has been perpetrated by people misusing
words like "Love" and "Trust."--The
terms "Mealy-mouthed," and "Evil" comes to mind when contemplating people
who deal in same.
When carefully interpreted: how words
are used can give insight into the degree of honesty that's at play is
At least when "Bad Words" are used,
you know pretty much where you stand with that individual, leaving little
room for deceit on their part.