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Is it ever ok to use it?
Yes. When referring to black people.
Oh I see. As in "Is it ever okay to use the word 'no'"?
Yes, you may use "no" when indicating a negative.
I don't understand your point. All black people are lazy. All that KFC, you see.
i suppose it'd be analogous to white people going around referring to their honky.
"You shit on these niggas two times Dr Dre?!"
he has some great sketches that tackle this issue, like a black man who is a White supremist and a white family who are called the "nigga's"
It's the Nig-gar family!
every word has ironic comic potential.
it makes me feel uncomfortable, but why? and should it?
It depends entirely on context
in a 'wassup nigga' kind of way, probably ironic, but still, 'no neeeed' as mark and lard would say
If I were you, I wouldn't spend any more time trying to understand an issue that appears lie far beyond your grasp. Just try not to talk to any ethnic minorities and you'll be fine.
who has no understanding of the issues. a whole world exists outside of your head.
of the population is made up of ethnic minority groups. if you are an ethnic minority in this country you are statistically more likely to be unemployed, get paid less and work in a job with limited opportunities, such as the restaurant industry or as a cab driver. this situation has not improved for twenty years, in fact these problems are particularly significant in relation to young people. whilst trevor phillips' opinions are not the same as mine - what he is trying to do is highlight these problems and the need for a real move forward. your views are not unrepresented, there is a political party called the bnp, who, along with several mainstream newspapers, are determined to scare-monger gullible idiots about the plight of white people.
he's not really racist, he just needs a bit of a wider world view.
[/despicable liberal condescension]
Don't ever try to make the University of Life shit fly, particularly if you're 19 years old.
This is a logical fallacy known as the "argument from self". You might not have been paying attention the day you actually did get taught about the Raj, but that doesn't mean it's not on the curriculum. As a matter of fact, both the examples you came up with I remember being taught under the banner of European colonialism. As indeed most British kids have been.
And I also went to a school where about 80% of the kids were Asian (not Indian). So what?
What you should be asking yourself is why, in British schools, is greater emphasis placed on the assumption that great events in British history can be explained by focusing on British causes, rather than on broader international issues?
You might ask yourself why it is you never heard anything about Poland and Eastern Europe? Or indeed why 95% of "British" history concerns itself with England, leaving aside Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
An explanation is that narrowness of one kind is balanced out by breadth of other disciplines. So while it might be outwardly illogical (to you) to focus on so called "black history" while leaving out the Raj, what is actually being taught to English schoolkids is the study of sources, causational problems and the connections between socio-economic, political and cultural factors.
Thus, if a kid in this country decided to actually do some work in their own time, they'd be well placed to have a richer understanding of events like the Boxer rebellion, even though it might not have been covered in school.
That said, it all comes to nothing if the kid turns out to simply be some sort of casual racist.
At that point you just have to accept that some people are just idiots and they'll never learn.
Incidentally, you tend to see the most fervent displays of patriotism from those nations that have had to fight the most for their nation. Therefore countries like Ireland and the US which have traditionally been born out of oppression and conflict have the best observed national days. Whilst England, which has never been oppressed by other nations in modern times, don't see the point. "We're number one, so why try harder" in other words.
"made in england" tattooed on his neck
Laugh or cry?
Laugh if he had "But my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was an indentured servant who fled his native Slovenia to escape persecution by Maygar partisans".
Pressure for more inclusion/diversity is admirable but railing against current efforts is madness.