6 Things White People Say That Mean “The N-Word”

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Thug

    As Richard Sherman (plays for the Seattle Seahawks) pointed out after receiving criticism about his post Super Bowl interview, “It seems like [thug] is the acceptable way of calling someone the n word nowadays. Substituting the word thug doesn’t disguise the negative association with Black people.”

    Urban/Inner City

    The Black community is often referred to as urban or inner city when people are uncomfortable talking about Black people or where they live.

    State’s Rights

    During the Civil Rights Movement, politicians used racially coded appeals and words such as “state’s rights” to try and capitalize on the racial anxiety during that time.

    Welfare and Food Stamps


    When President Lyndon Johnson wanted welfare to include a racial component, it became possible to associate welfare with helping minorities. The same stigma is used with food stamps today. When Newt Gingrich called Obama “the food stamp” president, everyone knew what word he really was using.

    Law and Order

    During the Civil Rights Movement, the opposition said that “Law and Order” was needed to handle the racial tension and civil rights protests. In other words, we need to control the Blacks.

    Cut taxes


    Making the poor and people of color sound more threatening, cutting taxes has long been racial code for not using tax payer money to help Black and brown people.


    Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2015/01/6-things-white-people-say-mean-n-word/
     
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    Pardon me Rev,

    Do you have any people of color in your congregation?

    I'd be embarrassed to show that post/article to some of my friends.

    Rob
     
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    What are you talking about? Why?

    I have in fact been told by another on this board that a using a couple of those was in fact equal to the "N" word.


    White people did not make this list up. It is coming from the black community.
     
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    "Cutting taxes" is a racial epithet?

    This cracker does not get it, I guess.
     
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    "ghetto" is code-word for black, or white people who appear to "wanna be" black

    I took my Sunday School class roller skating yesterday, where close to half the patrons were black.

    I heard somebody say XYZ Skate Rink is better because it's not so ghetto - qualified by "if you know what I mean". Obviously, not so black.

    Or it might be a white guy wearing their pants sagging, and somebody will say he needs to stop trying to be ghetto, or black.


    fwiw, whoever coined the phrase "people of color" needs to be thrown off a cliff.
     
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    Ghetto came from the black community but it is a reference to trashy people who have no couth. It is not an automatic reference to any particular person of color.
     
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    I believe it actually came from Jewish communities.
     
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    Perhaps some of these terms have at some time or another been used to hide a larger agenda (I wouldn't put it past some humans), but they had legitimate uses that have little to nothing to do with race and I'd hardly call it fair to accuse anyone using these terms of being a closet racist. Context the word is used in ought to tell all on most of these.

    Guh, I hate it when people try to polarize everything.
     
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    I'm not really sure why. But I told yall months ago that a lot of Blacks believe that folks are saying thug when they really want to say the N word.

    Some have tried to rationally explain that they are applying it to all people who act a certain way. But that's akin to when white people would say to their black friends that certain black people act like Ns.

    It's just not something that needs to be said. [​IMG]
     
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    Did I miss something? I don't think anyone accused anyone of being racist for using the terms. And that's what I've said before.

    A lot of white people jump to the conclusion that they are being called racist just because their normal behavior is challenged. But like in this article, no one said that anyone was racist for using the terms.

    But you kinda just did that.:laugh:
     
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    I was addressing the article and it's implications rather than the people here.
     
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    Are you the one who coined the phrase "person of color" ??

    Ghetto is an automatic reference to black people in certain areas, with certain people
     
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    I get that. But you took the article somewhere it hadn't been. People tend to think that they are being called racist when no one has said any such thing. And that causes people to put up walls rather than listening.

    Nobody wants to listen. We jump to conclusions instead of dealing with what is actually said. And so everything stays in the same place.

    The implication could have been one of racial prejudice. That doesn't make someone racist.
     
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    [sigh] No its not.
     
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    To me it just sounded too much like the stuff I read on the "activism" side of Tumblr. (That side of Tumblr honestly makes me wonder what's wrong with my generation.) Though, much less extreme, admittedly more sensible than Tumblr.

    I felt like it gave a list without much context or explanation. The majority of times I have heard these terms used they were not in reference to minorities. But maybe I'm just a sheltered young adult.
     
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    Do you have a house in every city, in every state? Do you know all 300 million people in this country?

    I live in the Kansas City area - 5 minutes north of downtown. Do you live here?

    A girl at our church gets onto her husband for his antics, like going around saying "YO, BOO"

    And what does she say to him ???

    Interchangeably, synonymously:
    Stop trying to be black
    Stop being ghetto

    I mean to tell you...you must have to use a lice comb to get all the sand out of your hair
     
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    Really, let's see I have lived:

    Buffalo NY
    Baltimore
    Orlando
    Houston
    San Antonio
    Albuquerque
    Santa Ana
    Birmingham


    People use it in all kinds of ways. See that is the thing about slang. There are no rules on how to use slang except what people feel like using it at the time. So I see your one single anecdote times .......I lost count.
     
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    I said "IN CERTAIN AREAS, WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE"

    your ignorant reply was - no it's not.

    Oh, it came with a sigh, too. How cute. And ignorant. Yes. The plain fact is that SOME people, in SOME areas use the word "ghetto" synonymously with black.

    I've given two examples so far. One girl at a skating rink, another at our church. Not the same person. A third person is my ex-wife. I could go on, but your head is in the sand.

    Maybe I should write a Yahoo article saying so. Then you'll be willing to copy and paste it from an article to here

    Sheesh
     
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    Sorry to burst your little bubble, but there are "thugs" of all colors, shapes and sizes. There are "thugs" all around this world, from all ethnic backgrounds. In my mind a "thug" is anyone who is a gangsta, robber, mugger, bandit or bandito, murder, burgler or in general a bully or hooligan!

    In fact, rhetorically speaking, you are a "thug" for the way you continue to judge, berate, insult and viciously attack those who you will be spending eternity with! And when you read this comment, you will turn to the inner thug that makes you who you are, and unleash a full-scale attack on me, for having a view that is contrary to yours! :smilewinkgrin:

    But, never do I use the term "thug" in place of the infamous "N-word." So, when you throw a blanket over something, don't forget, your limited view of this world, also limits the size of the blanket you throw over things in order to be the racist you are! :tear:
     
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    Yes to most inner city dwellers and those in the middle, upper class rural and suburban areas of society, "ghetto" does refer to blacks. As "barrio" refers to inner-city areas where poorer Hispanics live.

    However, that is not always the meaning or the case behind true meaning of the word ghetto or barrio. For me, any area where a large collection of needier folks live: folks that are under-employed, unemployed, and under-privileged are gathered and live. It does not always refer to an ethnic group as much as it does to describe a living area where people of poorer standards are forced, by economic standards, to live due to lower cost housing, etc. For example, in Germany, the area that housed the Jews pre-WW2 was first called the ghetto!
     

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