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These Words You Use Every Day Have Racist/Prejudiced Pasts, And You Had No Idea

These Words You Use Every Day Have Racist/Prejudiced Pasts, And You Had No Idea

Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 00:45:26 in Books

“Black
female
far left
Christian
your question is rigged to get people to say they dislike "political correctness" what you call "political correctness" I call "human decency" and those who can't be bothered have no place in my life”

jwcmass on Oct 25, 2013 at 01:54:32

“I agree with your last statement. I always regarded it as common courtesy to show respect for people and refrain from using rude and offensive terms. 
I happen also to be a Christian, and I remember a quote from a professor I had several years ago. "Courtesy is the gateway to charity" (charity in the original sense of that word -- love, which is the most important Christian virtue). 
So I am always puzzled by those who claim to be Christian, yet complain about what they view as "political correctness" and use that objection as an excuse to use rude and offensive language and show disrespect towards other people. One cannot be a loving person, and also be rude. 
I am not talking so much about a phrase like "hip hip hooray" (this is the first time I have EVER heard that story), and I don't think the author is suggesting that such phrases be abandoned, because the meaning clearly has changed, and most people are unaware of how it was once used. 
There are other words and phrases above which ARE clearly offensive ("gyp" comes immediately to mind, even the term "Gypsies" has a negative connotation, and the term "Roma" is, I believe, the preferred term). 
But I agree with your criticism of the question asked in the "poll" -- and would wonder why anyone would WANT to deliberately offend someone. (As this article and some of the responses show, I think some of it is ignorance on people's part).”
Soda Myths: The Truth About Sugary Drinks, From Sodas To Sports Drinks

Soda Myths: The Truth About Sugary Drinks, From Sodas To Sports Drinks

Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 00:54:28 in Healthy Living

“I get the "zero" version and it still hits harder than coffee.”
Robert Saylor's Death Ruled A Homicide: Man With Down Syndrome Died In Police Custody

Robert Saylor's Death Ruled A Homicide: Man With Down Syndrome Died In Police Custody

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 10:52:01 in Crime

“I don't think there has been a change. In fact, I would take "today's police" over the police of 20 years ago ANY day. That said "today police" still make more mistakes than they should, some of them are racist, and far to many are too quick to use force.”
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The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 10:14:22 in Black Voices

“What was Zimmerman's intention in following if not to try and detain him? Should Martin just have meekly allowed some strange man detain him?”

akakman2001 on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:49:05

“Based on the non-emergency call I would say, Observe and report until police arrived but honestly no one knows.  It also does not matter.  Even if Zimmerman had approached TM and said words to the effect of, Hey you.  Stop.  Cops are coming.  Maybe pepper in a few racial slurs if you'd like.  That still gave no justification for TM to assault Z.  That he did, regardless of what (if anything) Z may have said, gave Z justification for shooting and killing him.”
huffingtonpost entry

The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 10:10:25 in Black Voices

“Why didn't they object to the age requirement?”

Chip Kerr on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:57:44

“Because each State has their own age requirements. And most states have different ages for the different kinds of guns. You can own a gun in Florida at 18, but you can't carry it without a permit that is restricted to 21+.”
The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 05:25:55 in Entertainment

“Finally a sane response to this article which is mostly a buch of people whining that not everyone likes their sense humor or that some of us think that analizing these things matters.”
Trayvon Martin's Family Calls For FBI Investigation

Trayvon Martin's Family Calls For FBI Investigation

Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 15:27:48 in Black Voices

“Not all Latinos are Mexican.”
If Brands Want Trust, They Can't Have Slaves

If Brands Want Trust, They Can't Have Slaves

Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 13:12:47 in Impact

“No. We can't. Something as important as this can't be left to the whims of fads of consumer "activism" --so much of things like "product RED" and "conflict free" diamonds and "fair trade" everything is about making 1st wold consumers feel less guilty...more so than it is about really doing anything about global inequality.”
If Brands Want Trust, They Can't Have Slaves

If Brands Want Trust, They Can't Have Slaves

Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 13:09:25 in Impact

“It should not be up to corporations to solve this problem. We can't expect consumers to boycott slavery out of existence. Instead we need to look to trade regulations. All corporations are motivated by profit: they naturally seek the least expensive (legal) way of producing products. To expect a corporation to do anything other than this is like expecting the cat not to eat the canary. The entire success of capitalism is based on parties acting in their own self-interest. So, preventing abuse is a matter for regulators, not consumer activists.

Most people won't pay $30 more for their iPhone just to have the security of knowing it was not made by slaves. (Most people don't have $30 to spend making themselves feel better about the many ways that wealthy nations give poor nations the short end of the stick. )

So, what should we do? Put tariffs on products from nations that have labour abuses. Pressure those governments to crack down on their industrilists. Then we should *all* prepare to pay $30 more for just about everything.

(Though, in the long-run, I think this kind of measure will be net positive for global wealth: consider the prospect of people in these nations making living wages, new disposable income! Talk about 'emerging markets' ... the only weak link in it is the environment. This will hasten global warming. Maybe enough feel moved to do something about it.)”