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Thread #131276   Message #2968180
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Aug-10 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Give That Nigger Ham (Parker/Woolbright)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parker/Woolbright: Give That Nigger Ham
I see you had no problem opening the page, Robbie....

Therefore, given the lack of evidence of anyone having an unsolvable problem with access, I have to conclude that the occasional use of an "objectionable" word on the Forum Menu, is not a significant problem. On the other hand, searching for N**ger does present a problem - if you don't specify the proper number of asterisks in the proper place. And although you may not consider N**ger to be objectionable euphemizing, I do. So, I guess we're at an impasse. All I can suggest is that you can feel free to use the term N**ger in your posts if you wish, and perhaps you should allow others to feel free to make their own choices.

And let me make it clear that I also consider n****r and f**k and c**t to be objectionable words, and I do not use them in everyday speech - with or without asterisks. I don't use terms like WTF, either. However, if the source used the word and I wish to convey the meaning of the source, then I feel obliged to cite the source's words exactly. That's my opinion, and it's clear that you disagree. If you prefer to use the term "n****r" in your posts, I promise I won't alter the term. And I feel obliged to give the same consideration to those who prefer to spell it out and use the term "nigger" - unless it's clear that they are doing so for racist purposes. In this thread, it appears to me that the original poster used the term for accuracy, and not for racist purposes. No, I can't always be certain of that assessment - but where it's not clear, we try to err on the side of free speech.

-Joe Offer-

P.S. Oh, Robbie, let me call to your attention the fact that when you posted your message, the thread was within ten minutes of dropping off the Forum Menu. Your message gave it another 24 hours of life, and my response added eight minutes to that.