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Old 15 February 2018, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by GenYus234 View Post
This argument falls about before it even gets to the I-word. The professor didn't seem to think that students automatically consented to being exposed to examples of pornography..
I acknowledged this - that's why I said he still seemed to be teaching the class wrong. Either he should have said "you will be exposed to pornography, blasphemy, and hate speech" or found a way to avoid all three.
Originally Posted by ganzfeld View Post
For hundreds of years this word was used only to enslave, to oppress, to discriminate, and to destroy millions of families and lives. That's why its use alone it considered so offensive.
I assume you're speaking of the N-word, not the R-word. Are you actually saying that if this word did not exist, the enslavement, oppression, discrimination, and deaths would not have happened? The word was not used to do these things, it was used by the horrible people who did them. If they had constantly referred to their victims by more socially acceptable terms, would the suffering have been any less?

I am old enough to remember a number of White people who considered the N-word simply an alternative to "Negro", "colored person" or "Afro-American" (all acceptable terms in their day) and used it with absolutely no intent of offense or harm. In their experience, the word was not "used only to enslave, to oppress, to discriminate, and to destroy" (my bold). To them it was just a word. You may have a hard time believing this, but it is true, and therefore is also part of the word's linguistic history. (This is not to negate the fact that the word is considered offensive almost universally today. I'm simply saying that the word's history is not entirely one of oppression.)
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