nucks_girl wrote:maybe you think nigger is more offensive because you know more about the history of it than of other minorities. do you know why east indians are called "FOB's"? do you know when people actually started using the term "pakis"? theres many others pertaining to other cultures, but no one is worse than the rest. they are all equally offensive to the person who has to hear it...
That is the first time I have ever heard that applied to a specific race or creed.
FOB, as when as I was younger was applied to all
new immigrants no matter what skin colour or language spoken to stand for "Fresh Off Boat" or "First Off Boat". It is not a racial connotation in the least.
"Paki" was an ignorant term used by westerners as lumping all South East Asians as Pakistani.
As Native North Americans were incorrectly called "Indians" as Columbus thought the New World was "India"
Some, incorrectly and insultingly call me an "Easterner" because I reside in Upper Canada. When in fact I was born in Western Canada and lived most of my life there.
That brings me to a point I would like to make. I take great pride in playing the devils advocate and engaging people in social settings debating the word 'nigger', 'racism' and 'discrimination'.
Although I have connections to an "Indian" race (neither East, West nor Native, I will not say at this point...) I do not believe in "Racism".
As some have pointed out. It is a scare word said to elicit a reaction.
There are many forms of "Discrimination" and to single one out is to do a discredit to many who are discriminated against daily.
That said, all
forms of discrimination are bad and should not be tolerated.
With the expunging of "Discrimination" all sub-genres will disappear as well.
If you discriminate against me because of my white skin colour is it still 'racism'?
If you discriminate against me because of my geographical location is that called geoism?
My point is, and it has been since I started this long post, that if you use the word 'nigger' we should all feel discriminated against if no one speaks up. It should not just insult and hurt Afro-Canadians but all of us if we do not like to be discriminated against because we are 'tall', a Canucks fan', 'beautiful' or 'wear orange and have the name Tom'.
Any form of discrimination is wrong and that should be the
focus of the PC and special interest groups, not the symptoms of an intolerant society.