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7-21-2009 @ 12:37PM
@Docp"If the majority of the people online said it, the majority of people I meet, most of the Black people I talk to as well and only a small section of people actually took offense I would gladly say that. It's just words! Actually discriminating people is wrong, using a word that has gained multiple meanings isn't."A lot of people engaging in bad behavior does not justify that behavior, it simply means that a lot of people are behaving badly. The whole "everyone else is doing it!" argument has been around long enough to spawn the "if everyone else jumped off a cliff..." cliche. Don't try to base morality on what other people are doing -- it is based upon what is just, not what others are doing.Also, words are important. Words mean something. You can't simply dismiss a hurtful statement by saying, "It's just words!" Using the word "gay" to mean "bad" demeans an entire group of people. When you use a word that describes a large group of people and equate its meaning with an insult then yes, you are insulting all of them whether you mean to or not. If what you mean is "bad" or "lame" then use those words instead.
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