Okay, then what do you think should ideally happen?I'm not proposing anything practical. Like I said, I do not personally want to use the word or stop black people from using the word. I'm just arguing the principle of it .
. Are you sure about that? The word stings because the historical wound is fresh.To cease attributing a pejorative meaning to the "N-word" in popular usage would not cause anybody to forget what actually happened in history
Why should we cease attributing a pejorative meaning to the "N-word" in the first place?
The point that I was trying to make was that, due to the cyclical nature of History, time and time again, sadly repeating itself, taking the stance of "we should get over it" in regards to its/"our" tainted past is a potentially dangerous one to take. We should acknowledge the past, not disregard it.And Nagasaki and Hiroshima are not analogous to what we are talking about because, wrong as I believe they were, they were not enacted as a means to purposefully destroy a specific ethnic group for ideological race-based reasons. It was not ethnic cleansing.
Again, why is it so important for it to no longer have a derogatory meaning amongst white folks?I do not think that, like Elisabeth on the show, the use of the word should be as taboo for black people as it is for white people. In fact, that's the opposite of what I'm saying. I think that the word should be allowed to evolve out of its derogatory meaning, similar to what you describe has happened to the word between black people, when used by anybody. I know that this is not realistic, but I am saying that, in theory, if we wanted to be totally rid of the word's negative meaning, we would have to relinquish its connection to any racial group. To make it taboo only suppresses its use but it doesn't allow us to transcend it.