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Old 09-24-16, 08:02 AM
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Re: The "R-Word"?

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Is it still insulting to someone who is so "disabled" or whatever you want to call it that they can not understand any spoken, written or signed language?
There are plenty of people out there who can talk and have expressed their distaste for using the word. That's enough for us to have made this thread explaining why the mod team edits the word out of posts on the forum. That's enough evidence for me to stop using the term in casual conversation.

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Re: The "R-Word"?

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I never quite understood the issue with that word as it is describing something but since it is offensive we now call that something something else. At work I deal with tubing, much of it is flame retardant. So how that is okay and saying someone is the word that shall not be mentioned is not just escapes me.
Because you are talking about flame retardant tubing, not a person.

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Kinda like how we are not really supposed to say black but african american, thing is most times that person is not born in Africa. I don't go around calling myself Irish American I say I am white or an American. It just does not make any sense to me, why not just call an apple an apple.
Its not about where you were born, I guess its about where your roots come from. Either way, does it really bother you or hurt you or anyone to just not use the word? Does it make problems for you to say african american?
And if you wanted to say Irish American, no one would have a problem.
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Re: The "R-Word"?

I just wanted to add to the thread a quote from Thumper:

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If you can't say nothing nice don't say nothing at all
And to me, that quote also means using words that are hurtful (cause people have made them into hurtful words)
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Re: The "R-Word"?

Is this an American thing that you can't say black?

Star, in the uk it's not offensive to say black right? Please do correct me if I'm wrong.

It wouldn't make sense of course to say African American here and I've never heard anyone say African British.

I agree totally by the way that once a word is deemed hurtful Or offensive by someone there is no need to use it anymore.
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Is this an American thing that you can't say black?

Star, in the uk it's not offensive to say black right? Please do correct me if I'm wrong.

It wouldn't make sense of course to say African American here and I've never heard anyone say African British.

I agree totally by the way that once a word is deemed hurtful Or offensive by someone there is no need to use it anymore.
If it was offensive to say black in this country I'd be in jail already

I describe Ebony as black all the time

idk about the area you live but nobody here gets offended at the word black As long as you don't say it in a racist/offensive way you're fine
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If it was offensive to say black in this country I'd be in jail already

I describe Ebony as black all the time

idk about the area you live but nobody here gets offended at the word black As long as you don't say it in a racist/offensive way you're fine

Thanks. Yes, that's what I thought. I guess it differs from.country to country what is deemed offensive and what isn't.
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Thanks. Yes, that's what I thought. I guess it differs from.country to country what is deemed offensive and what isn't.
"Paki" is the word that's deemed to be really offensive here in the UK (idk if that word will get filtered)
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"Paki" is the word that's deemed to be really offensive here in the UK (idk if that word will get filtered)
Yes, I know. I was called that as well once.
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In America, black is not offensive at all. I was just pointing out that african american doesnt always mean directly from africa. I dont know why someone would not be allowed to say black.
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Yes, I know. I was called that as well once.
The N word is the other really offensive word here in the UK (the N word will likely get filtered)
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Yes, I know. I guess that's one word that's universally offensive.
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In America, black is not offensive at all. I was just pointing out that african american doesnt always mean directly from africa. I dont know why someone would not be allowed to say black.
Back in MI, they wanted to be called black, referred to themselves as blacks, etc.
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