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Is only some offensive speech ok?

By jdclyde ·
In this politically correct world we find ourselves in, where you are suppose to pretend you care about hurting someone else's little feelings, who decides what is and what isn't acceptable?

We have discussed flag burning, and it is a hateful and intentionally inflamatory (pun intended) thing to do. Yet groups like the ACL will praise that as a brave and noble thing to do.

"Radio host Don Imus, suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers female basketball players "nappy-headed hos.""

Now all the leading racists of the world, including Jackson and Sharpton, are calling for him to be fired, after over 20 years of his being "mean" to EVERYONE he talks to or about.

I personally don't enjoy his show, and didn't even know much about this until the leading racists made sure everyone could get a chance to hear the comment and potentially be offended by it. How many of you knew he said this until the protests started?

He has apologized. Is that good enough?

He says he is not a racist, but if he were, is he entitled to be stupid? If he were a racist, he could always get a job in the future as a Democratic Senator I suppose.

Is everyone just too sensitive?
Is this no big deal?
Is this ground shaking and should shock us to the core?

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OPINIONS - - OPINIONS

by mjd420nova In reply to Is only some offensive sp ...

Don't we all have opinions?? Aren't we all entitled to voice our opinions?? 99.9999 percent of us don't have radio or television talk shows, so no one but us and our close friends know our opinions. Does that mean we aren't racists or have racist leanings?? Who knows and who cares?? I think that those who are in the public spotlight or feel they have fallen out of the spotlight need to **** off someone to get back in the spotlight and increase our value or boost our visablity to make our next contract negotiations more meaningful. 15 minutes of fame and all that aside. Don Imus's rantings would have had no impact at all had he been an African-American. Is that racist?? The door swings both ways. How does specific slang terms change meaning when the skin color is taken into account??

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Speaking of racist...

by jdclyde In reply to OPINIONS - - OPINIONS

How is it not racist and condescending to imply that all blacks are from Africa? That just amazes me.

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I thought

by TonytheTiger In reply to Speaking of racist...

all people were from Africa!

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The duplicity of our age

by ProtiusX In reply to OPINIONS - - OPINIONS

I agree. If a black comedian says the 'N' word no one lifts and eyebrow. BUT, let a white comedian say that word and his career is over. What?s right is right and what?s wrong is wrong. Or is it what?s right is right and what?s left is wrong? Oh well they both are essentially the same.

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:) are both essentially the same ?

by rob mekel In reply to The duplicity of our age

so "right = left = wrong" then :^0

In essence you are right, if a human from a certain race type insults that same race type it mostly isn't considered racism. It still is an insult and should be treated that way.

In a broader perspective: discrimination, whether this is on race, believes, man <-> woman, should be treated the same regardless of whom it is coming from.
As example: if an Afro-American is allowed to insult fellow Afro-Americans and non-Afro-Americans are not* then that is discrimination on basis of race there for that is racism.


Rob

* on basis that they do not belong to the group of Afro-Americans can't think of any good reason why that should make a difference
edited for @#$%$# emoticons

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I don't know, so I'll ask

by TonytheTiger In reply to Is only some offensive sp ...

Were there black players on the Tennessee team (the ones he said were cute)?

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Now I know

by TonytheTiger In reply to I don't know, so I'll ask

There seem to be a comparable number of black and white players on each team.

That would seem to indicate that the remarks weren't racist.

I think the saying "Never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity" applies.

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Just using teh "lingo fo the day"

by jdclyde In reply to Now I know

Go listen (if you can bear it) to any of the rap/hip hop that is in the top ten and tell me they are saying anything as MILD as what Imas said.

But of course, that is free expression......

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Of course,

by TonytheTiger In reply to Just using teh "lingo fo ...

Just like Jackson and Sharpton are worse than any of the "racists" they point out. After all, don't they profit handsomely from the misery of those they claim to care about?

Oh, and stay tuned... it'll come out that this isn't a "race" thing, it's an "ugly" thing.

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Racism in the US MUST be on a deline

by jdclyde In reply to Of course,

If the two "great civil rights leaders" have nothing better to go on about for a few days than some old white guy that no one listens to anyways.....

If this is the worst racism has to offer today, I think we have indeed come a long way baby!

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