I finished Randall Kennedy's book yesterday. It hasn't helped me come to any conclusions on the subject, but it has given me much to think about.
The concern that Mr. Kennedy raised that I had never thought much on was what if anything should be done about the use of "nigger-as insult".
When presented with that question, I'm left wondering how can we deal with such a subject without trampling on everyone's free speech rights. My current leaning is towards the proposition that the use of "nigger-as insult" can and shoult be a mitigating factor during any criminal proceeding against the target of the slur. For example, if someone physically assaults another person after being called a nigger, the fact that the slur was used should be a determining factor in deciding that person's punishment.
That's about it for today.
Randall Kennedy's nigger
On May 5 I bought a book titled "nigger The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word", I have been tearing through this book like few others that I have ever read.
Randall Kennedy presents a thoughtful and insightful journey of his thinking on one of the issues that inspired me to create this blog.
I should be finished with the book in a day or two. When I have finished reading it, I'll expand here upon how I feel about it.
I'm not your "nigga"
I have been asked why it's perfectly acceptable for a black person to use "The N word" in a fraternal manner, but it's not acceptable for a white person to do so.
In the 10 years or so that I have been pondering this, I am no closer to an answer today than I was then.
My political awakening came in my late teens. That was also when I stopped calling other black men nigger fraternally.
I've heard people talk about empowerment disempowerment, taking a word that is intended to be hurtful and making it your own; thereby robbing that word and those who use it of power. That theory makes sense to me, but the people doing it are not the type of people who'd be politically aware enough to know that's what they are doing.
To think of what that word means only leaves me with the question "Why would I use that word towards someone I like?" I can't answer that question. I've never been able to. I don't know if I ever will be able to.
As I have more thoughts on this subject, I will expand upon them.
I can't be the only one who sees this.
In my personal opinion, no black man with any self respect or a mind of his own would ever be a registered Democrat. I plan on using this blog to explore the depth of the foolishness of black Democrats.