You can't ban the language of bigotry...

You can't ban the language of bigotry, but you can take a stand

There are 9 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 8, 2007, titled You can't ban the language of bigotry, but you can take a stand. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Brazoria, Texas, Mayor Ken Corley's heart was in the right place. In an attempt to quash use of the N-word in his small town, he proposed an ordinance that would fine citizens $500 for uttering the racial slur.

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pudbert_Savannah GA

United States

#1 Feb 8, 2007
The N-word shouldn't even be used as a "term of endearment". It exudes ignorance, and does not support any goal of the black race excelling and raising up through education and hard work.
Julie Anstaett

United States

#2 Feb 8, 2007
Oh, c'mon...I'm all for eradicating nasty sobriquets, because more often than not they're not affectionate. Do you think for one minute that if I called a black friend the "N" word it would be taken as something affectionate? NO, because I'm white. So, tell me please, why a black person can do it and I can't...or for that matter why a black person can call me "honky" or "cracker" and it's perfectly acceptable?....Good god, you can't enact lawa that prohibit someone's use of language...but you can censure them to the utmost when they DO use something we all (for the most part) find offensive.
Thank you,
Julie Anstaett
Soccer Mom

Orlando, FL

#3 Feb 8, 2007
I don't think ANY words should be banned. People need to just grow up. I have been called several racial slurs. I am a big enough person to say to myself, "sticks and stones may break my bones...."
I then view the person who is spewing the slurs as an ignorant person who is below me intellectually, morally and socially.
Free speech should NEVER be banned. I am offended each day by peoplpe using profanity in public, often in the presence of my small child.
People just need to grow up.....for God's sake, its just a WORD.
pudbert_Savannah GA

United States

#4 Feb 8, 2007
Soccer Mom wrote:
I don't think ANY words should be banned. People need to just grow up. I have been called several racial slurs. I am a big enough person to say to myself, "sticks and stones may break my bones...."
I then view the person who is spewing the slurs as an ignorant person who is below me intellectually, morally and socially.
Free speech should NEVER be banned. I am offended each day by peoplpe using profanity in public, often in the presence of my small child.
People just need to grow up.....for God's sake, its just a WORD.
I agree, just wanted to make the point of it being OK for blacks to say to other blacks. Banning certain words isn't going to change anything. Especially the way people think or feel. Just another excuse for not teaching the kids what's right and wrong.

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Since: Dec 06

Somewhere Very Pretty !

#5 Feb 8, 2007
Soccer Mom wrote:
I don't think ANY words should be banned. People need to just grow up. I have been called several racial slurs. I am a big enough person to say to myself, "sticks and stones may break my bones...."
I then view the person who is spewing the slurs as an ignorant person who is below me intellectually, morally and socially.
Free speech should NEVER be banned. I am offended each day by peoplpe using profanity in public, often in the presence of my small child.
People just need to grow up.....for God's sake, its just a WORD.
Well said !
Ramon

Safety Harbor, FL

#6 Feb 8, 2007
Blacks need to get a grip and stop being so sensitive. I've been called "spic", "wetback" "dago", "pancho", etc.

Big Deal. I don't whine about it, don't sue anybody. Forcing someone to not use a word doesn't change their attitude. We do live in American and have freedom to speak. I don't think we need to start down the dangerous path of banning words.
bastedcrispy

Windermere, FL

#7 Feb 9, 2007
From what I have experienced it is the race most offended by this word that is constantly calling each other by this label. Perpetuating the hate so that there will ALWAYS be an excuse for misery, poverty and alleged inequality.
Racial discrimination is a two way street and I see it far more from the alleged oppressed than from the oft accused caucasian.
honky in Dallas

United States

#8 Feb 22, 2007
Hum, if we ban this word, then how are we to keep from cussing, lol. Just kidding, we all need to get off of the whole white-black thing.
honkys husband in Dallas

United States

#9 Feb 22, 2007
How great of you.

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