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Sunday, 10 June 2007

"YOU GAY NIGGER"


In reference to the comment left on the post it note. It's all about context. When Crass referred to us all being "niggers to the rulers of this land" and The Mob had a song called White Niggers, and because Johnny Thunders was white and didn't want to be treated like a nigger, they were all referring to the oppression of blacks and using it to relate to their own oppression and continuing with the theme of white alienation that Norman Mailer started with his essay 'The Last White Negro' Crass gigs may have been quite violent and intimidating but I don't remember Penny Rimbaud, Steve Ignorant or Mark Mob getting lynched from a tree in the Bayou, and Dial House was no slave plantation. So I don't think there's much of a comparison. White people have a choice about their oppression, it's not based on colour of skin, and like The Clash said "Black man gotta lotta problems, but he don't mind throwing a brick. White people go to school where they teach you how to be thick." (not that Crass, The Mob or Thunders were thick, but that blond from Big Brother is a different case.) Another oppressed group in society who have no control over their oppression is the 'gay community', who have tried to reclaim the word gay and use it as a positive, as Tom Robinson said, "Sing if you're glad to be gay" the normalisation of such terms can have a negative effect were now in the English language the word gay has become a derogatory term among young people for something that isn't very good, so my eleven year old daughter told me when she kept referring to things being gay. Language is a funny old thing. Just as we look back at the 70's and see the attitude towards blacks and gays in TV sitcoms of the time, what attitudes will future generations be looking back on during the 00's. Times change and ignorance can be overcome by education and political struggle. What becomes acceptable is a reflection of society at the time. What sort of society will we have become if the word nigger is allowed to be come common place in the English language just like gay has for people to drop into conversation. It could be argued that the normalisation of such offensive terms takes power away from right wing extremists, but I'm not so sure. Like I said at the beginning its all about the context. This article has been written from a white perspective, so I'm gonna end it from a different perspective, I was recently speaking to a couple of people from the Indian community. One had worked along side someone who was "Proud to be a Paki" and they kept referring to themselves in that context all the time, the person I was speaking to told me they felt this was not right and found it offensive. Words are a powerfull weapon and there's enough weaponary being discharged across the world at the moment without adding to it.

4 comments:

mrmagoomc4 said...

alright nuzz good too see you back off your holls n back too fighting form i wouldnt call myself a political person really but i believe we all have the right too live without any kind of provocation from anyone be it in spoken word or direct action of any kind yet having said that i also believe in ones own personal beliefs which maskes my first comment stench of hypocrasy as you can have one without the other !!!!,within politics theres so many different belief systems that its enevatable that us as human beings will always colide and sticks n stones will break your bones n your stupid if you think words can never hurt me as a brocken bone can heal yet a tormented mind can not!!!!!!!!! nuff said i think as i said im not politicly motivated as most so dont shoot me down in flames great too see you back nuzz n the msg thing is pretty cool cheers
keith

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Keith, would never shoot you down, because we all are entitled to our believes,even the BNP (god that was hard to type) but it's like you said as humans we will always conflict, but so long as we can talk rather than fight about it the better, I hate that old sticks and stones bollocks because, like you said a broken mind is hard to fix. Thanks for a really good comment, sometimes I wish I wasn't such an opinionated fucker, probably save me loads of stress'n'hassel, but we are who we are and it takes all sorts to make a world,but we need to be united. shit I'm going off on one now, time to stop. See ya MrM, hopefully the msg thing will get positive communication going, nice to see yer blogs doing well, love it.

mrmagoomc4 said...

nuzz yeah communication is the key to all conflicts no matter at what level !!!!!!!!! n i agree the bnp do have a right to voice there opinions the same as the muslims living in briton do with some of there right wing views on the world etc but you know humour too me can conquer most things and also make you think n maybe change your mind etc yeah me blog is doing ok but its starting too feel stagnent n i wanna change it in some way get more communication going on a whole host of subjects that ide love to talk about i think a radio blog would be good shit who knows in the future cud become reality were you could speak to people etc etc anyway nuzz its me warbling on n ill shut up great blog u got here n ppl should show more appreciation into the work you put into it.
keith

Pogel said...

Present company excepted I think 99.9% of the humans I have met are pathetic vermin that infest the earth.