I'm going to tread lightly here as I attempt to walk through this sociological mine field. At the end of the day racism is in the eye of the beholder. What is offensive to some, is completely fine to others. I am a white anglo-saxon male, or as I like to say, "I'm a white guy". I will agree there are not a lot of slurs for my specific ethnicity, however if you were to call me a "cracker", I don't think it would really affect me all that much. Actually, I know for a fact it wouldn't.
However, many other races have numerous slanderous names that remind them of a horrible place in time. A time when they had no rights, no freedom, and no voice. The more an individual is affected by these past events (whether it be 300 years ago or 3 years ago doesn't matter), the more they will be affected by the comments. And these individuals have every right to be enraged by these slanderous comments that serve no purpose other to insult and degrade. For someone to say, "there is no racisim anymore, they are just using it for personal gain" is complete Bullshit. As long as you are making a crass generalization about a person's ethnicity, you are being racist. You can't say whether or not they have the right to be offended because you haven't experienced what they they have.
My issue is with both our over politically correct sensitive society and the ignorant narrow minded selfserving douche bags that inhabit it. I wouldn't say I'm hardcore right or left, I'm wedged comfortably in the center. And I see a lot of shit from the sidelines. I disagree with saying "happy hoildays" instead of "marry christmas". If I were to walk into a supermarket and the checkout girl wished me a "Happy Kwanzaa", I wouldn't be offended because it's "not my religious belief". I would thank her and say same to you, because I am a rational person who can appreciate the gesture. My problem is with people who are offended by the slightest thing not because they find it offensive, but because they think there's a possibility that someone else might find it hurtful so they are offended on that absent person's bahalf.
At the end of the day everyone just has to use their head. What the F*ck ever happened to common sense?
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Last edited by Dano; 10-03-2009 at 02:52 AM.