Perspectives on Race

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Ignorantly Racist

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         I was on facebook yesterday viewing some pictures from a kid I know who is thirteen years old. I was appalled at a comment he made about a picture he had posted. In the picture were four young boys his age, with a college age african american who they all dearly love and look up to. I know this young boy really well and know that he was raised in a good home with parents who have great respect for all people.  He posted “Hey, nigga looking good!”  I know for a fact that this racial slur was complete ignorance on his part. I am sure he did not even know what he was saying. This comment that he posted was his way of trying to talk hip about his african-american friend. I believe that there are many kids like him who don’t really know what they are saying when using some racial slurs, but simply use them thinking it is just a “cool” way to talk.  The boys friend was not at all offended, because he responded to the comment with “thanks, buddy!”. Although, I still believe it was not right for this young boy to make that comment even though he did not offend his friend in doing so.  This is sadly a not so uncommon mistake that is in this younger generation. Who is teaching these kids about racism?!

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Written by raquelfreytes

September 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Unfortunately, I hear that word used by many African Americans today in passing. As a result, as you suggested, others hear the word spoken and are likely to repeat it, believing that it is the “cool” thing to do. When someone does not speak out against it, they are likely to repeat using the word, unaware that some may find it insulting. While some African Americans do not find it particularly offensive, a great number of them do, and therefore, the word should not be used, whether you are black or white. That way, you do not risk offending anyone.

    carlyeg

    September 11, 2009 at 2:28 am


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