Nigger – was there ever a word that stirred up as much emotion? – yes, plenty of them. Though not sure that banning them is the way to go, or even any of the many steps required to rid the world of duality in any of its forms. Originating from Latin for black, it initially gained notoriety in the western world as a derogatory term used by slaveowners and their ilk, and subsequently their descendants.
That a significant group of the descendants of those slaves now use it is as a term of endearment is perhaps a good example of taking a word back from the dark side. However, that its use is strictly limited to this group, and fiercely forbidden to everyone else is an unnecessary obstacle in completing the liberation that this word so clearly desires, if the word is tabu, then shouldn’t it be tabu for everyone? kind of like trying to stop someone kicking a dog, only to hear – “it´s ok, I´m a vegan”. To bring a word from dark to light, it seems logical that the word have no parole conditions, ankle bracelet or any other mechanism by which to control its absolute freedom.
I recently had the opportunity to read Tom Sawyer for a young girl who can not yet read it for herself. Reading aloud is not something I have done a lot, so the issue of reading forbidden words aloud (with an audience) never really came up. While it is a word that I at least subconsciously avoid, I would never of considered not saying, or reading the word Nigger in the context of a `legitimate story, or in any form other than the intentionally derogatory, and even less so when reading the one hundred and forty year old words of a great writer. But saying `the N word´ in lieu of Nigger when reading Mark Twain, is exactly where we´re headed, and after that, G word / Gypsie, P word / Pirate, or B word / female canine, you get the point.
It´s just plain odd that with all of the grotesque violent imagery that is accepted as standard entertainment today, `a word´ can cause such a visceral reaction and be so vehemently avoided. If for example the efforts of the unbearably hypocritical and sanctimonious entertainment industry to carol us all into a strictly policed den of political correctness was coming from a place of benevolence, that would be one thing, still doomed to fail, but at least well intended. Clearly, this nonsense is coming from nowhere near that place.
There will always be bigots, who will use coarse pillows, knives, or even words in an attempt to inflict whatever it is they are trying to inflict, enough harm is created by those twats without also allowing them access to the control panels of speech.