Scogan Posted April 30, 2021 Share Posted April 30, 2021 This topic is sensitive. I'll tread with reason and logic. I ask that you read with reason and logic. I challenge you. Name one banned word. Just one. None should come to mind. Ahh.. but for the N-word. We live in an age where we have wrongly bestowed words with power, when they have none. Words provoke emotion, inspire action, convey communication, cast insult, bully the senses. There was a reason during my youth where our common kid-chant was, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." I can remember saying that often as a kid whenever insults were hurled my way. Note that I said 'insults,' not 'harmful insults.' No word is harmful as they are unable to inflict harm. Yet they can insult the senses. That chant armed me for life, to this day no word can hurt me, nor should it. The N-word is no doubt a racial insult. Saying it can provoke emotion. That emotion can invoke harm. And that is the problem. We often hear there are limits to free speech, 'you can't yell fire in a theater!" Well no... you can, if there is a fire. So there is no ban on words and what you can say. But there are consequences. Yell fire in a theater when no fire is present and you risk paying a fine, or possibly face misdemeanor arrest depending on the fallout. Threaten the life of a President and the secret service will pay you a visit. Words have consequences. While all people should practice the kid-chant as a means of dismissing all insult, AND SERIOUSLY SO, ignoring the insult lends no power to the word. It becomes meaningless and backfires onto the hurler. It reveals the hurler's inner character to all present. It builds up the character of the person that it was intended to hurt. He or she can endure a verbal storm unscathed and be stronger for it. Hate speech? Banned words? Those are the ways of petty tyrants, communists regimes. They are not the hallmarks of a free society blessed with Liberty and Freedom. As I write this I have no underlying urge to say the N-word in it's original form. But I choose to defend those that might say it in order to protect my own free speech. At some point I may even choose to say that word to illustrate a free speech point. There are critical times in history where standing up for the worst of what people can say or do, within boundary of law (First Amendment), requires uncommon courage in the face of mobbish social outrage. I take that stand. All words matter. Or no words matter at all. That is as black and white as it gets. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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