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Writer's Block: Free your mind

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Writer's Block: Free your mind

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Do you believe society will ever truly overcome racism?

I do. However, I think the answer to making this happen is roughly my approach to encouraging it: simply not voicing the racist bullshit that you grew up with, and letting it die with you. I may occasionally think racist bullshit- but I'd really love for it to not live longer than me, which is why I try to avoid saying it.

Here's where the tone argument comes in, I'm quite sure.
  • Although it does make me wonder.

    Ok, so you have the terms that started with a racist/sexist/whatever-ist origin, but your average Joe on the street has no clue that the terms started off with that, and is using them without any intent to vilify or degrade the original target group. I often hear (well, read) folks complaining about other folks using such terms with a "hate origin".

    But what about the terms that started off with perfectly neutral or downright complimentary origins, but have been down-graded into insults over the decades? If the origin is so important, based on the previous paragraph's example, why doesn't that give these terms some sort of pass (or at least, make them not so bad)?
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