Posts tagged oppression
Posts tagged oppression
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?
I spotted this at the Laramie Walmart.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. One of my friends summed this up well: “This is the great DERPression we are living in.”
Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy (South Range) was tackled by police Thursday evening while he was trying to make it inside the Capitol in Madison.
It’s ingrained in my being.
“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.