One Word

I'm going to go on a divergent path in this blog entry and discuss a word that you hear a lot on XBoxLive, but for some reason it really, really bothers me. I'll call it the "n-word" - I'm sure you know what I'm referring to (rhymes with "bigger"). Yes, the word "fuck" is offensive to some, but, to me, it's a word of aggression and and anger, but it's not specific to any ethnicity or culture. The n-word, on the other hand, is specifically targeted towards black people in a derogatory fashion [1]. Yet, it seems like the n-word is popping up all over the place. You hear people call each other than in Halo 2 all the time, sometimes in a positive way, but most of the time in a negative way. It's also become a word that's almost accepted in TV shows and movies, especially on comedy shows.

What the hell happened since I grew up?

I guess the times have changed - the meaning and connotation of the n-word has changed since I was a kid. I don't ever recall using the n-word when I was young. My home town is rather small and somewhat backwards so you can imagine that there were some racist mentalities in the community, but I learned at a young age that people are people - doesn't matter what the skin color is [2]. There is no way I would ever use the n-word - I just can't. I feel bad just hearing someone use it. It just suprises me how pervasive it's becoming in society. If someone can explain this phenomena to me by all means please do.

[1] I was about to say, "African-American", but then I remembered Rory's post on the subject and I decided to use the word "black". I'm white, and some people are black. That's all I'm getting at, no more, no less, don't read anymore into it than what it is, I love everyone, peace, etc. ;)

[2] I wasn't as accepting with gays until I got to college - then I learned that people are people, doesn't matter who you're fucking ;)

* Posted at 12.21.2004 10:08:53 PM CST | Link *

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