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GUEST,josepp Origins: Run, Nigger, Run (92* d) RE: Lyr Req: Run, Nigger, Run 23 May 12

What are we--children? "Nigger" hurts our little feelings? By placing this taboo and stigma around it even for discussion purposes, we give it the power to hurt. Words can't hurt you unless you let them. Time to grow a pair, people, and deal with it like adults.

Casual racism in songs should definitely be discouraged. There's no place for it in this society. But discussion of racist words should NEVER be discouraged and by bowdlerizing, redacting, censoring and the like those words to be discussed we ARE discouraging the discussion. Censoring of the words is a censoring of the discussion. The inability to discuss the words for fear that we might hurt another's feelings is intellectual cowardice. It is lower than the words themselves and even more worthy of contempt.

If we can't be adult about such things, just what exactly CAN we be adult about?

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