Fuck. Misanthropic. Shit. Celebration. Cunt. Anachronism. Nigger. Telephone.
Why do 50% of the words above hold some magic power? What makes them “bad” or or “wrong” or “dirty?” They are simply words, like the ones next to them. If we stopped censoring television, and let these words become commonplace, would they lose their power?
Rap music, hell, rap culture throws the word “nigger” around like it means nothing. Blacks can say it to blacks and never fear reprimand. But why does it suddenly gain power when a white man says it? It’s still the same word it was when Nas sung it. Some might say that the power comes from the speaker, not the word. That’s not true. No, the power comes from the listener, and it is given to the speaker. When a racist calls someone a nigger, they choose that word because they know it will hurt. If the listener reacts violently, they are only justifying the racist’s perception. They’re giving power to the racist.
If there was no reaction at all to the word, it would hold no power. Think about the word “honkey” or “cracker.” Have you ever seen a white person flip out over being labeled as such? Why not? They are words that can be said with just as much venom as “nigger.”
Being a male Caucasian, I can’t pretend to know what’s it’s like to be a minority. I can’t know if there’s just some fundamental difference in the venom of name-calling when you’re a minority. What I do know, though, is that the only time name-calling hurts my feelings, is when I believe them. And I think that this is the underlying problem.
So how do you make the word untrue? How does one stop believing that they are less than their assailant?
I don’t have that answer. But I think once that answer is found, we’ll solve our inequality problem.
I’ve often said that I’m not a racist because I hate everyone equally. That isn’t really true. I hate some people more than others. For example, I hate welfare leeches who have as many children as possible so that they get a bigger check, when they know damned well they aren’t caring for the children they already have. I don’t care what color they are, though. I just care that they’re lazy and a waste of resources.
I hate politicians who think they’re helping the problem by discriminating against the majority (read – Affirmative Action), because they’re not creating equality. They’re giving the minority preferential treatment.
I hate anyone who points the finger at me, calls me a racist, and tells me that my people brought them over here and kept them as slaves. It’s 2008, you ignorant fuck. I wasn’t alive back then, so they certainly can’t be called “my people.” They might be my ancestors, but last time I checked, ignorance wasn’t genetic. Point your finger somewhere else.
Speaking of my ancestors, I figure I’ll mention that mine did, indeed, fight beneath the Confederate Battle Flag in the Civil War. If you bother to educate yourself, you’ll find that slavery wasn’t the only reason the South took up arms. Some of them were actually fairly noble reasons. Maybe even noble enough to be proud of that heritage. But don’t be fooled. I do hate. I just hate everyone. 😉