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Should the N-Word be used in school plays?

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posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:35 PM
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Shorewood High School cancels ‘To Kill A Mockingbird' production


Our we censoring ourselves to death?
I find this very interesting. This is classic American Literature which takes place during the great depression.

I do find the N word offensive, regardless of who says it. One thing that has always bothered me is that it has become OK if a POC says it, sings it, raps it, but not anyone else. Why is that? It is either offensive, or it isn't.

I also, think that when we are talking about time period literature it should be done according to that time. I'm a little concerned that some are trying to erase history one piece at a time. First statues that offend, then words that were said a hundred years ago.. where does it end?




posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:38 PM
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a reply to: JAGStorm

Consider how un-PC To Kill a Mockingbird actually is. They don't just believe the woman. They actually subject her to a trial and then have the gaul to figure out that she is lying about her accusation.

The "N" word just offers them a convenient excuse to also avoid that inconvenient bit of story.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:42 PM
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a reply to: JAGStorm

If a kid cant say it in the hallway they cant say it on stage.

But hey, if a black guy can say it I can too..



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:48 PM
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I don't believe in censorship. If they think kids are capable of understanding and reenacting to kill a mockingbird then it should be done the way it was written otherwise do a different play.

I personally don't care words are words. I personally choose not to use 'n-word' when referring to people or to people but I couldn't really care less if people say it.

I do think black people calling eachother 'n-word's is #ing stupid though. There's no taking a word back. As far as I see it, black people calling themselves 'n-word's is just them agreeing that they are all that that connotates.

I've also always seen it as defining more of a lifestyle than as something defined by skin colour. I've met plenty of white and other colour people I would think of as 'n-word's. And plenty of black people I would never dream of referring to that way.
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posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:53 PM
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a reply to: ketsuko

I think your explanation might be correct.
This school is located in Milwaukee. I mean, in all seriousness, these kids (and their parents) probably hear this word on a daily basis.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 07:57 PM
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originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: JAGStorm
But hey, if a black guy can say it I can too..

No.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:02 PM
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a reply to: Jefferton




No.


Why? Aren't we all equal?



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:07 PM
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a reply to: Bluntone22

I have a friend on social media. He is a POC

Almost every post, memes, jokes, everything he posts has the N word. Seriously, we are talking a good 95%.

One day he told a story about his POC friend that is dating a white woman, and she said the N word, and my friend lost his mind. He ranted and ranted about how his friend could date a person like that.. Mind you, his friend had no problem with it.

I was just puzzled by that. Day in and day out that word is spread by him, but he is shocked when someone in his circle, whom he deems not worthy says it.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:13 PM
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My question is here, on ATS , what is considered offensive language?

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So , what is exactly obscene? Is 'n-word' hateful and obscene when it is used everyday by black people ? Is white cracker obscene when used to describe white people?

Is this statement obscene....

" I love you, you are my white cracker 'n-word'! " Or, "you are my white cracker nigga ! "

As I have been told before.


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posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:16 PM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm
a reply to: Jefferton




No.


Why? Aren't we all equal?


No, some of us have privalge



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:17 PM
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Should the N-Word be used in school plays?

Nazi?

Neocon?



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:19 PM
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a reply to: JAGStorm

You mean "No"?

But how will the little fellows ward off the predators and deviants?



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:19 PM
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Black people now own that word and I have no problem with that. It’s used mostly offensively so I can agree with the left for once that it’s racist .

I even like the premise of this thread it brings attention to classic literature .

That’s a hell of a lot better than the book burning that will be coming soon.

At least were talking about it instead of being silenced .



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:24 PM
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Oh gosh...now's not a good time for all my n-wurd jokes is it?



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:24 PM
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Maybe it's about context of the word.

With people being so over sensitive these days, I could be offended by being called a blue collar worker instead of an elevator mechanic, but, I don't make a big deal about it. Like white collar is above me. Pfft!




posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:31 PM
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a reply to: Fallingdown

I think its more of an American thing where the use of the word can be blown out of proportion to be honest.

I mean "snipped" is not a nice word by any manner nor means to be chucking around towards anyone in a derogatory manner where racial context is concerned but there are similar or worse terminologies doing the rounds.

Take the word "Cow" for instance, plenty of people choose to use that word in England pertaining to a woman being silly, as in "Your a silly Cow", and all in good fun, yet say the same thing to a lady in Scotland and the implications can be somewhat different too say the least.

End of the day i suppose geography, history, nevermind a health measure of political correctness dictates what people find offensive these days. Which is not to say i cannot understand black people having an issue with such ugly terminology.
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posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:32 PM
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originally posted by: JAGStorm
a reply to: Jefferton




No.


Why? Aren't we all equal?


No, we are not all equal. We are all individuals. White, black, brown, yellow.

I hate grouping people based on what they look like or where they came from.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:39 PM
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a reply to: andy06shake

I can see your point.

The problem in the US is. That word is normally thrown around in a derogatory and aggressive manner.

The way I look at it is it came from the word niggardly. Which according to Webster means cheap or greedy . But in the south I grew up in it meant lazy and no good . ( i’m kind of wondering if the definition was changed ?)



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:41 PM
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a reply to: Fallingdown


I don't like the idea of owning a word.
It's either bad or it's not.
This is just another expample of lowering the standards and making excuses for bad behavior.



posted on Oct, 11 2018 @ 08:47 PM
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a reply to: JAGStorm

In the era in which the story takes place the word was commonly used and the manner in which it was used (derogatory) was part of the culture and mindset of that era. Maybe a lot of people are aghast at the language but I believe it is important that young people understand what real discrimination was like and how very far away from that we have come as a nation.

Most of the young people nowadays have no idea what real discrimination was like as they were born in a time where it has for the most part ceased to exist except for in small pockets which have been quickly dwindling as those generations die off. So now everyone who doesn't agree with them is dubbed a "racist" because they haven't got a clue as to how if felt to be truly discriminated against just for the color of their skin- to fear for their very lives just for doing things that they do without thought every day now- because most have never experienced true racism.

I think it would be a good thing for school kids to read or even perform "To Kill a Mockingbird" just as it was written, in the original language. We should not protect our children from uncomfortable times in our past but educate them about it so that the past is never allowed to repeat itself.



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