We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are some teams which, for one reason or another can't get out of the way of themselves. I happen to root for these teams, and they come from Philadelphia.
Before I get an email from Doc complaining "oh geez, another sports post," I'll allay his fears and assure him this is about racism.
The Philadelphia Eagles, in the midst of rebuilding a franchise that had been successful for the past decade, lost one of their key players. A Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin, blew out his ACL and was lost for the season.
What do you do? Turn to the next guy, of course, who showed flashes of talent, but hadn't broken out yet. Riley Cooper hadn't been nearly as successful, but could potentially fill this huge gap.
Based on the video, it's hard to tell why he used it. However, he has said that a black security guard didn't allow him to go backstage, and that was the word he chose while reacting.
There are no good reasons to use it. But it is used somewhat regularly by rappers and athletes (I've heard it used in the gym locker room by young black men), and even once by a commentator. It seems to be a term of endearment, at times, though I'm too far removed to give it context.
Certainly, there seems to be a fine line between using the word itself, and adding an "A" to the end of it.
Some comedians have taken this view to task (video is terrible and audio hard to hear, but it's part of a sketch that aired on Comedy Central's "Tosh.0").
This is not a word which should ever be used in any form, with an "A" or not. If people want issues like this to go away, the word has to be avoided by all, including those who use it in friendly or familiar manner. In the meantime, mistakes are going to happen. Overcoming ignorance takes time, effort, and a willingness to forgive and provide support. After all, from my perspective, freedom of speech means you have the freedom to be offended from time to time. Of course, it's better to avoid offending people whenever possible.
After all, sometimes ignorance causes us to take action that is misguided and needs to be remedied.
In 1999, a white D.C. official was forced to resign for using a word that sounded like a racial slur. David Howard used the word "niggardly" during a meeting, which a black staffer mistook for an epithet. Webster's Tenth Edition Dictionary defines "niggardly" as "grudgingly mean about spending or granting."
While I appreciated the team update and thought those locker room stories of yours were just terrific, I couldn't help but notice a certain 'element of racism' to it. It reminded me of Mark Fuhrman at the OJ trial. One minute he's talkin' the street jive like everybody around him, the next minute a mass murderer walks free. Or football player's career is ruined, case depending.
"Of course, it's better to avoid offending people whenever possible."
By the bye, here's a fun coincidink. As I noted a few days ago in the 'Team Asia' post, we're all excited about their jumping into the fun, lucrative grievance game. Well, that was just the beginning, and Monday I'll post about two more recent events that are showing the world that they're taking this thing seriously.
I used the word "niggardly" in the article.
Then I read this piece of Libertarian dreck enlightening article and see that you, too, used the word and are 'playing with fire' as we skirt the brand of Racism being stamped across our foreheads forevermore by use of this delicate "hidden racist" language, also composed of "call a spade a spade" and "black humor".
Here's how I look at it. I have two brothers. We call each other every name in the book - especially around the poker table after the 2nd bottle gets opened. But God help anyone else who would use such language towards any of us, he's just taken us all on.
That word is the same thing, as far as I'm concerned. Those who are brothers can use it to describe other brothers. Those who are not should not.