Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Racial Language

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We had this conversation in class about how racism isn’t just a narrow topic, but instead a board arrangement of actions and even language. Do we as a society feel that our language is what is really perpetuating the negative ideas, and concepts that people have of each other. I don’t know why we use such words to describe each other, knowing that we don’t like it when others call us that word. Do we feel that calling each other negative names is perfectly fine between friends but when someone outside that safe circle says the word, we get ignorant? Is there any justification for calling each other words that are just down right wrong?


Written by bmax2816

September 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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  1. I think that a majority of the time people call each other names within their circle of friends or their “safe” environment as a joke, and only refrain from such language in public settings because it’s insulting and not acceptable. I feel as though this language will be around for a long period of time, as people think it’s funny and speak this way for attention-and sometimes the only attention certain individuals can get is negative attention. I believe this name-calling and condescending behavior will stay afloat, as it is an easy insulting tool for racism.


    September 19, 2009 at 4:13 am

  2. I don’t think calling other people names in reference to their race is ever justified. I know some people think that they can get away with saying racial slurs only if its toward their same race or to people whom they are close to. I think that if we allow racial slurs to be said to us then there will never be a stop to it. Sometimes we like to laugh off the things other people say in offense to our race just to show that it does not bother us when in reality it may. Why should there be people exempt from using certain racial slurs when we know it is being said in a negative connotation?


    September 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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