Cognitive Dissonance

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On racial slurs: Still racist with an “a”

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So, my boyfriend and I just got into an argument because he claims that him (a white man) using ‘n****’ isn’t problematic. That essentially ‘n****’ isn’t bad and that ‘even black guys use it’ so it isn’t a big deal and that it doesn’t hold any negative connotation. I’m trying to keep my cool, but the more he talks the angrier I get. Help?


Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

He is white, using a racist slur, and thinks it’s OK. Where’s the debate?

Wait, are you dating Lisa Lampanelli? She thinks it’s a-OK too.

Guess what? It’s not. Dion the Socialist wrote an excellent post about this issue, based on Lampanelli’s recent use of the word.

Here’s the thing: Your boyfriend is a white guy using a word that once sat only in the dominion of the oppressor’s vocabulary as a slur to put the oppressed, enslaved peoples in their place and to remind them later of their oppression. But it’s OK for him to use it because the same people who were are institutionally oppressed still today use it, often as a slang term to recapture it for themselves? Did I miss anything?

Nope, sorry, your boyfriend is supporting overt racism with his colorblind bullshit argument. Show him this, and he can message me about how we’re all the same and it’s just a word, blah blah blah. Or better yet, ask him if he’d strike up a conversation with a black person he’d never met before and drop that into casual conversation.

If he says yes, he’s either lying, or a truly ignorant, rotten person. You have every right to be angry about this. I’m not going to mince words here. You’re either on the side of tacit oppression or you’re fighting it. Guess which side he’s on?



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Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.
Labor organizer, co-founder of United Farm Workers union, and civil rights activist César Chávez. Chávez was addressing the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in 1984.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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With one of the largest Muslim student populations in the country, last March George Washington University set aside one hour per week that the pool would only be open to women. The decision was an attempt to allow Muslim female students a chance to swim without breaking Islam’s rules about modesty. For one hour a week, a tarp hides the pool from onlookers and a female lifeguard is on duty. But recently, fears of “creeping Sharia” -- the idea that Muslim custom is slowly taking over American life -- has raised an online hell storm over the all-female swim-hour.


“Seriously, flip their logic around and you’re arguing that in accordance with “our ways,” we should force women either to disregard their religion and expose their bodies to men, or not exercise. That sounds like an oppressive environment for Muslim women and no one else.”

To me this sounds like another bad case of Islamophobia. Tell the University not to end the all-female swim hour here.

These two have nailed it.

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