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Reply to "Teacher suspended for ten days, after calling student Nigga!"

Any english teacher knows that "LANGUAGE" is a dynamic syntax, and also that ideas are the essence of communication. Put simply, that means that whatever the two parties involved in conversation perceive the meaning of a word to be, that's what the word means in that conversation.

If both parties concieve "nigga" as an informal form of address, then that's what it means in that conversation, DESPITE ANY OUTSIDERS OPINION!

This means that the student saying "nigga" first would justify the teacher saying it because THE WORD WOULD HAVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MEANING IN THE CONTEXT OF THAT CONVERSATION! The english teacher didn't have to be ignorant of the meaning of the n-word to communicate a completely different meaning of the same word.

So, the final summation.
1) The student, when using this word, did not mean it as a racist remark.
2) If the above is true, and the student used the word in the presence of the teacher, this means there is a high probability that the word, when used by a teacher, ALSO was not racist. If offense was meant (as is probable) it was aimed at the student's vocabulary NOT at his ethnic background.

QED, if you somehow disagree with anything I've said, you're having trouble with connecting two very basic syllogisms.

To clear the record, I do not disagree with the teachers punishment, it was completely nessecary to prevent actual racial discrimination from occuring. You will notice the word probability scattered throughout both posts, because I do recognise there could have been racist intent. My main point is that there probably wasn't, and people should recognise that even though he has to be punished.

What I do have some trouble with, is the tendency for people to cry wolf at any sign of possible discrimination (racist, sexist, you name it). It is completely natural that as people become less bigoted, they will unwittingly make remarks they do not realise the full portent of. To condemn them for this is literally retarded (in the sense of social growth). Show some common sense people, you have no idea where the students are coming from when they say "nigga," but you have the experience to realise innapropiate words become slang. Ask a dog breeder what "bitch" means, ask an extremely elderly farmer what "ass" means. "Nigga" is commonly used slang, whether you like it or not. Deal with it and adjust your perceptions of the word when you used in that context. You had to be flexible to get your head where it was in the first place, surely you wriggle around a little to be, at minimum, understanding of the fact.

On a personal note, Nmaginate, you score 0 for reader comprehension. The word jukebox never has meant whorehouse, but in the sense of the analogy given, could be misconstrued as such by an illogical and over-sensitive person. Way to completely miss the point in a manner that provided a telling example to support it. Yes the meaning of the word "juke" has become archaic to most, just as the word "nigga" has become archaic to some.

**EDIT: Response to pst**

In response to qty's post before this, all I was saying was that people use this word. Nowhere did I say I used it, I only stated that I was in an environment to know that people did use it. You're right up there with Nmaginate on the reader comprehension. Non racist means not racist, there is no way to make it any more clear.

**Edit: keep sneaking extra posts in on me**

Regarding the article psted by NMaginate after his piece responding to my initial post.

'Ray Underwood, 18, another black student, said Dawson is a good teacher who "likes rappin' " and using urban slang and most likely did not "try to hurt feelings."'

The general consensus is that its wrong because only black people are allowed to use the n-word. That is a load of crap. If people look at the color of someone's skin before deciding whether to take offense at a remark, all it shows is that they are at least as racist, and from the comment made regarding the teachers intent, probably more so than the teacher. Don't feed me that crap, bigotry is bigotry. People who accept this as fair and unbiased, "the higher moral ground" so to speak, are hypocrites plain and simple, only because it is obvious this language is in use by the student involved and his peers.

For those who have not yet responded, I apologise for coming off as rude, and ask that you thouroughly read and consider my point of view with a degree of rationality before responding. I always welcome reasonable discussion.
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