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2-02-2012 @ 10:33AM
"The person who gives those words meaning is the person who holds all the power over those words, not the person who is saying them."BULL.I'm sorry, but I object strongly to the implication that the person being hurt by a word is the one giving the word power. People who find words hurtful usually do so because OTHER people have given that word power, and used it to TAKE power, over them, over and over, over a very long course of time.The f-word, quite apart from any dictionary definitions or etymology, means "the word they spray painted on my high school locker," "the thing on all those protest signs I had to walk past that day" and "that word that those guys yelled out their window right before they got out of their car."The n-word, no matter how much you like singing along to rap songs, does not stop meaning things like "that word that the police officer called me when I was twelve and just trying to walk to school" or "that word the lynch mobs used to yell in the story where grandpa tells us why we don't have a great uncle Lyle any more."Words are tools. Some words are weapons. People with power have spent lifetimes honing and wielding them against people without. You don't get to tell the people who've looked down the barrel of those words too many times that they're the ones pulling the trigger.
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