I really don’t understand why there needs to be a “consensus” for people to realize that a word is a slur. There is really not much at all the majority group needs to consider about the word.
Does the word have a historical or contemporary context that is pejorative in nature?
Are people from the ethnic, racial or cultural group telling you it’s offensive?
If both of these are yes, then congratulations, you’ve got yourself a slur.
ON RACISIM AND RATCHET CULTURE
Every person wants to be a ‘nigga’ but nobody wants to be a ‘nigger.’ And I say that with blood on my hands. Black culture is very, very beautiful, and it makes me very, very sad the way I see it being ruined and dumbed down. Black women are not ratchet; we’re regal, we’re beautiful, we’re successful, we’re intelligent, we’re intellectual. A group of oppressed people don’t need to be degraded more than they already have.
I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.
If you have ever been to Portland, looked around and thought, “Where are all the Black people?”, this is the film you need to see.
Oregon has pushed laws and policies that have, both through de facto and de juris racism, tried to destroy the Black community.
Survival is resistance, and Portland’s Black population is the epitome of this concept.
EVERYONE PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION. Especially if you’re Asian.
On January 30th, 2014, California Senate just passed SCA-5, a legislation that would repeal portions of California Proposition 209.
In condensed words, this bill allows schools to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIANS.
To understand SCA 5, we have to remember what Prop. 209 is. In November 1996, Proposition 209 (also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative) amended the state constitution to prohibit state government institutions from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment , public education, or public contracting. In the 18 years that Prop 209 has been in effect, California has become the most diversified state in the US.
State Senator Ed Hernandez, the one who introduced this bill, claims that due to Prop 209, Non-Asians have a harder time being admitted into state universities.
This bill will ALLOW THE STATE to use RACE, SEX, COLOR, ETHNICITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN as a consideration for accepting students or hiring employees. SCA-5 is out to punish Asian-Americans simply because we set the bar too high for getting into schools with high exam scores.
Asian-Americans often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission.
This bill goes against EQUAL PROTECTION, our 14th Amendment, as American citizens!
IF WE ALLOW THIS BILL TO PASS. WE HAVE STUNTED GENERATIONS FROM GROWING AND EXPANDING THEIR MINDS, THEIR HORIZONS OF UNDERSTANDING.
IF WE ALLOW THIS BULLSHIT BILL TO PASS, WHO’S NEXT UNTIL THE LAST RACE WHOM IS DEEMED “WORTHY” OF EDUCATION IS LEFT STANDING?!
Xudong Sun, president of American Anhui Association of Scholars and Students, told Xinhua that this legislation is racial and is a serious discrimination against Asian Americans.
He said right now at the University of California and state universities, Asian students account for 36 percent, but Bill SCA-5 would restrict Asians to 13 percent.
He said under-represented minority groups, like African Americans and Hispanics need protection, but such protection should not be made at the expense of Asian Americans.
Here is the Whitehouse.gov petition: WE NEED 100,000 SIGNATURES BY MARCH 18TH. THAT’S 10 DAYS FROM NOW.
Here is the Change.org petition.
PLEASE SIGN THESE TWO TO GET THIS BILL TORN TO SHREDS! and PLEASE. SPREAD THE WORD.