There are a whole new batch of words people are not just afraid of, but they’re so scary they no doubt mean the same thing as invoking the “N-WORD”!! I assume that it’s cool for blacks and maybe latinos and certainly liberal Democrats to still use them, but whitey conservative – listen up – you’re on thin ice and when it breaks, the thought police will be under it:
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.”
The Black community is often referred to as urban or inner city when people are uncomfortable talking about Black people or where they live.
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.
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.
So there you have it. No more of this bigoted blather and I don’t want any excuses like “I was talking about the show ‘Law & Order’ – I swear” or “Heading over to Urban Outfitters to pick up some old-school kicks, homie – want to slide by the ColdStone Creamery afterwards?”
And talking about reducing taxes, using the “C” word (rhymes with ‘nut’) is right out. According to the Atlanta BlackStar, cutting taxes is for bigots only. Oops~… Wait, I said ‘cutting’.. whew – wouldn’t want to lose my job, be fined, shamed, or thrown off campus.
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