I bring this story attention because of the timeliness of the conversation about the use of racial slurs as just words. I won’t recap the story since I posted 3 sources.
The incident stands as a direct rejection of Mr. Felix’s defenders as racial slurs are just words and intent matters more than the words.
Since some of my countrymen don’t believe that saying nigger makes one racist-I am not surprised to see them also saying attempting a lynching of black person WHILE saying nigger also doesn’t make one racist.
The youth in question are reported to have been using racial slurs (the articles don’t say which ones) but I’ll take the liberty to say more than likely nigger was among them.
So that’s the crux of my position. Nigger is a fighting word. Those youth were calling him such language before attempting to murder him. In my own personal life I have been attacked by whites who called me a nigger before chasing me down. My own brother has been harassed by that same word by white youth-it is meant as a threat of violence. It’s not about pride, or being offended. Call me a nigger and I am clutching my weapon waiting for the next shoe to drop.
I am “amused” by my countrymen who are not under threat of this word telling me how to react to it.
The 8 year old biracial kid who was almost lynched now will have a violent reaction to nigger for the rest of his life. He will not forget it and I am sure will not be one of the people saying Nigger is just a word-get over it. He was almost killed because he was a nigger- and I bet would have been the last words he heard.
To me nigger is a prelude to violence. One need only look at Virginia. I posted a video a few weeks back of a white man attempting to shoot a black man after yelling “Hey nigger!”
So that’s my reply it’s not just a funny word to say to be edgy and cool, it’s not just free speech it is a threat of violence.