Originally Posted by Gunther
Phil, there have been perhaps 50 people comment on this thread. None have used the term that rolls off your fingers with such ease. Ask yourself why you think that is?
I'm gonna back him on that one, @Gunther. You can't keep referring to something as "that word" or something. The site at the end of the commercial uses the word "redskin":
Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet.
When you're talking about a word, what are you supposed to do, refer to it as "the r-word"? No. You use the word. It's a whole other beast to call someone that name, or insist that you be allowed to keep that name as the name of your team for whatever reason.
The word "nigger" is in dictionaries, it's on Wikipedia, etc. So is "redskin." You can type the words when you're talking about the words themselves.
I have no tolerance for racism, and if @Phil McGleno ever used the words "nigger" or "redskin" (see what I did there?) towards someone or in any other sort of racist way, he'd be Penalty Boxed at least.
And I'm lean far more towards Libertarian than anything, before you ask… :-P