Racial Slur Use: Not a legal Obligation, but a Moral one

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In an article written on Student Activism site by Angus Johnston, the author discusses his take on comments made by Wendy Kaminer. “Kaminer participated in a panel discussion on free speech sponsored by Smith College, after which, she says, she was ‘branded a racist.’” (Student Activism.net) Johnston attend this discussion and said that Kaminer had not spoke accurately about the event. Johnston said that Kaminer had been using “the n-word” to discuss the novel Huckleberry Fin, she continued to use the word and asked the audience what word comes to mind when the word is mentioned, the audience projected the full word. It is said that Kaminer then said “[see I used the word] and nothing happened” inferring that the word can only be harmful depending on its context use. Lauren Duncan, who was also a panelist and had a different take on the use of the “n -word” saying we use the term”n-word” to show that we are aware of the word and know that it may have harmful affects on a group of people. She also goes on with saying that as Professors its important to describe the use of the word, its meaning, and how it can be harmful to specific groups. In addition, she mentions how professors should educate students on how to argue respectfully. All in all, the use of racial slurs should not be a legal obligation but a moral one.

Johnston, A. (2015, February 21). On Wendy Kaminer’s Use of Racial Slurs. Retrieved April 9, 2015, from http://studentactivism.net/2015/02/21/on-wendy-kaminers-use-of-racial-slurs/


Freedom of Speech Questioned at Smith’s College.

Wendy Kaminer an expert on the First Amendment was discussing whether or not the (according to how she called it) “the n-word” was appropriate in our times to call African Americans. This happened during a discussion of freedom of speech at Smith’s college. Kaminer was then accused of being racist for using the word inappropriately and the President of the School was condemn for not doing anything about the comments. Wendy Kaminer defended herself by saying that she was discussing the word in an academic setting therefore should be okay; however the person who accused her of making the racism comment argued that the action was ”

Racism/racial slurs, ableist slurs, antisemitic language, anti-Muslim/Islamophobic language, anti-immigrant language, sexist/misogynistic slurs, references to race-based violence, references to antisemitic violence.”

“The article is from Thereason.com

Link: http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/11/smith-college-paper-considers-the-word-c#.vmrqjw:n7xa

“FIRE’s” response to Smith College’s panel

Recently, there has been controversy at Smith College discussing the use of hate-language and it’s affect on suppressing individuals. Wendy Kaminer was part of a panel, a member from “FIRE” which was put together by Smith advisers  to discuss free speech on campuses. During the panel she used the word “nigger” and was quickly accused of making “an explicit act of racial violence.” Kaminer defended herself by saying that she was simply talking ABOUT the “n-word” and was not using it in an offensive way. This brought up the argument of whether or not offensive words have there place and time. Defenders of the argument claim that hypersensitivity has resulted in some to completely oppose freedom of speech, saying there is no line between freedom of speech, a right given by the first amendment, and hate speech.

Citation: Kruth, Susan. “Harvey Silverglate on the [Ableist Slur] Response to Smith College Panel on Free Speech.” FIRE. FIRE, 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 11 Apr. 2015. <https://www.thefire.org/harvey-silverglate-ableist-slur-response-smith-college-panel-free-speech/>

Image: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/16/double-standard-nyt-writer-opposes-free-speech-of-atlanta-fire-chief/

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Barzun-political-correctness-565x266This topic is discussing a post made by Wendy Kaminar from The Washington Post. Speaking on how in an defense to speak upon how you feel should never be compared to a hate crime. Many publishers such as Nick Sorrentino compare it to Left- Fascism speaking upon having everyone in a society such as Hitler conducted. Not allowing people to speak upon how they feel , especially on a college campus, serves as a great problem to me. By someone being “above” you in authority allows them to be able to classify who you are as a person without actually knowing you.

citation- Sorrientino,Nick (2015 Febuary 22) “The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus (More “Left-Fascism”). Retrived (2015 April 2012) Information:http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/02/washington-post-the-progressive-ideas-behind-the-lack-of-free-speech-on-campus-more-left-fascism/

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