Is the use of words in non-offensive context still racist?
I was just finished reading an article on my favorite website (sorry NB, they were there first) and it talked about things that make white people feel racist. Heres the link: http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-situat...e-feel-racist/
One of the topics discussed in the article was the use of words like "******" or "retard." Now I'm going to go ahead and apologize for that because I think people will still get offended even though I didn't call anyone those words, but you'll prove my point. In the context of calling someone those normally offensive titles, people rise up with anger or just get hurt by even the mention of it. In the article there is a video that shows a journalist in an interview with Samuel motherf***ing Jackson, and he began to talk about the controversy of the use of the N-word. Except he wouldn't say it. This bothered Sameul and he told him to say it. The journalist wouldn't so they moved on.
This is the instance I'm talking about, when people have given power to the word when it is just a word. If you are to call someone a name, like retard, people will come up and say you are giving the mentally-handicapped a bad name. It has the same effect if he were to call you a chicken-humper. Is this what we've made the words into? The boogeymen of the lingustic world? The author of the article refrences Harry Potter with "Even Harry Potter knew it was OK to use Voldemort's name. Pretend it's evil and magical and you give it more power than it deserves."
Personally I think it's ridiculous to give these words that kind of power, but I want your thought NB. Is it Racist or offensive to say these words at all, or are we overreacting in our attempts to keep everyone (who weren't getting offended anyway) happy? Speak words to me.