September 25, 2003
I have blogged before about the fact that I don't believe in "bad" words. No WORD, in and of itself, is either bad or good, proper or improper. The problem with words is how some people REACT to them. It's an issue of perception, not an issue of words.
I believe that "fuck" is one of the best words ever invented. Just look it up in an Unabridged Dictionary and tell me that I'm wrong. It has a gadzillion definitions and usages. The fact that some blue-nosed asswipes in society believe that the word is improper doesn't change the fact that it is one handy fucking word.
I like the word and I use the word. Bluenoses don't like the word and don't use the word. That's a fucking fine arrangement with me. But when they don't like the word, don't use the word and want to STOP ME from using it, I have a problem. They become just like those second-hand smoke nazis I bitch about so often.
Words are words. They are not like sticks and stones. Nobody can call you a name that kills you. How many times do you think I've been called an asshole by people who don't like my blog? Does that make me an asshole? NO! It makes the people who CALLED ME AN ASSHOLE assholes for calling me an asshole on my blog. Do you see how this works?
The word "nigger" is no different. Every year, another bunch of over-sensitized peckerheads want to ban huckleberry finn because it has the "n-word" in it. I suppose these same sensitive people never watch Def Comedy Jam on HBO, because the word "nigger" flies left and right there, with a lot less intellectual force than Mark Twain had, and nobody is screaming for a ban on that purile show.
Oh... black people call EACH OTHER "niggers" there, but that's just the way they talk? So, it's not the WORD that's evil; it's the perspective. It's the CONTEXT. Black people call each other niggers and laugh about it.
I accept that idea. That idea merely reinforces my argument that anybody who objects to Huckleberry Finn is a complete dildo. Huck talks the way he does because that's the way people talked back then. In fact, Twain was making a POINT AGAINST HOW DEHUMANIZING THE WORD IS by using it. Anybody who reads that book and doesn't recognize Jim as the most noble character in the novel needs to have a load of shit pumped out of his (or in this case, HER) head. The fact that Huck starts out thinking of Jim as just a "nigger" and comes to question slavery in the end is a powerful idea for the time that book was written.
But that's much too lofty an intellectual climb for teachers, students or Assholes At Large to make today.
``I'm looking at the vulgarity of the word `nigger,' and that in itself is unacceptable, no matter what the context is ... I don't think it's practical for a school to say they're going to provide sensitivity training to teach something so utterly insensitive to students,'' Clark said. ``There's no way to dignify the word `nigger.' Period.''
Ken Curl, an adviser to the Renton Black Parents Association, said he has contacted the school district to question why teachers would use a book that's very offensive to some students and may negatively effect their self-esteem.
``You don't have to know why something offends someone to know that it does. Isn't there an alternative that doesn't degrade people to get to the point you're trying to teach? I'm at a loss to figure out why you do this and why people don't understand why it's to the detriment to certain children,'' Curl said.
Yep. That's our educational system today. Protect self-esteem at all costs, don't make the precious children think, and tell them that some words are evil, no matter WHAT the perspective.
Fuck that shit. Put THIS STATEMENT in its proper context:
If you want Huckleberry Finn banned from student libraries, you are one fucked up nigger.
Jim and Huck BOTH would think you were sick.
Acidman.....to quote one of the blackest men I ever knew....."Nigger is NOT the color of your skin; it is the state of your mind." People who think eliminating "offensive" speech will produce better, nore well balanced, tolerent, unbiased, etc., etc., etc., ...I think you get the picture.....children; invariablby have their head stuck so far up their ass they will never see daylight. Speech codes are nothing more than liberal facism.
Amen, Brother Acidman....aaaaaamen.
Well said. A new book, "The Language Police", delves into this and other crippling aspects of our societal worship of inoffensiveness.
Do ignorant peolpe have the right to even be offended?
Preach it, Brother Acidman!! I am so fed up with all this pc bullshit. Huckleberry Finn defined American literature. No study of the subject is complete without it. These idiots who object to the book have obviously never read it objectively. It has a powerful lesson to teach if one is just willing to read it.
Next damn thing you know, they will be banning schools from having Uncle Tom's Cabin for being about slavery, Gone With the Wind because Scarlett had a black woman as a slave/servant, or Playboy Magaizne because it shows pictures of nekkid women.
Down in Haines City Florida a few years back, they attempted to ban Mya Angelou's "I know why the Caged Bird Sings:" Mainly because it dealt with rape of an eight year old and disrespect for the establishment. Hmmmm.
Leave it up to all these tender-assed fuckwits and our kids will be goofier than Barney with a lobotomy.
Shit. How can you learn from history if the PC Enforcement Brigade go around hiding it on the off-chance it will offend someone?
Additionally, pretending it didn't happen is an insult to all those who worked for change.
preaching to the choir here: when are we going to put an end to gummint schools? private schools beat the hell out of 'em for HALF the dollar.
PC bullshit indeed. Anyone who wants to burn books or ban speech or control the vocabulary of others is demented and vain and just fucking wrong. Keep up the fight!!
Read Mark Twain to your kids at home, or read it with them, screw the schools, I have my daughter in school because I have to but I educate her in good literature and values AT HOME!
There's one word that IS bad, in and of itself.
Flibbertigibbet. Flibbertigibbet is such a bad word it assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and started the Great War. All by itself.
Sure, there was a coverup involving some Serbian nationalists, but it was really flibbertigibbet.
Beware this word at all costs! You could be next!
"Flibbertigibbet? Goddam! You're right, Sigvald. That is a BAD WORD!
Maybe it was Mom's fault. Flibbertigibbet was a character in a childens' book she read to me when I was little. I used to go around saying it all the time. Maybe I started that dam war? Not QUITE old enough.
Great. Ban one of the greatest ANTI-SLAVERY BOOKS EVERY WRITTEN because you might be offended by a word. Just great.
and the first thing the nazis did was to take away everybodys guns and burn all the books makes you wonder huh
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