Remember the post where I said I’d write about the people I saw on the bus? This is one of those (and there are many!)
I’m on the bus going home from the public library, and there’s this group of four African American girls, whom I figured were aged from 13-15 years old. They were making fun of other girls who weren’t on the bus by pretending to make phone calls to places such as the FoodStamp office to the free health clinic, and sayin stuff like “I haven’t gotten my food stamps yet and my babies are starving!” Every other word out of their mouths were “N-word” this and that.
First off, it took a whole lot of self control for me NOT to smack the one sitting behind me into the middle of next year. Second, the “N-word” highly offends me, and I’m white. If a well known white woman can lose everything she’s worked hard for because she uttered that word in anger nearly three decades ago (and I don’t know all the facts, so I won’t speculate on anything further than that) while being mugged, why is it okay for black teenagers to use it in conversation with each other?
Yes, it’s JUST a word, but one that is so highly offensive to a lot of people that no one dares write it out. And it’s not okay to use words like “fag”, “dyke”, “wop”, “spic”, and words that are demeaning to other cultures and lifestyles, either (and if you don’t know what some of the ones I did write down mean, look them up!).
Just today, I read about someone who was banned from a group of fans for one of the bands I like for using the “N-word” to describe the female lead singer. That kind of nonsense doesn’t fly with me. Try it and you may end up in the ER.
Maybe black teenagers and young adults think they can use the “N-word” because they hear it in their music choices. Just because Lil Wayne or Kanye uses it still doesn’t make it okay.
Ignorance is NOT bliss. Someday, it WILL come back to haunt you at the most inopportune time. Remember, future employers are probably going to be checking out your social media presence.
Just an FYI
I’m Stef and this is where it’s @ !~