*Not trying to argue with anyone, just sharing my personal thoughts and questions.*@starla I'm aware the word has been used this way in the past, but I'm against making it an off limits word. It seemed like the author of the linked article is almost pressing for more people to recognize the word as offensive when obviously that is not already the majority connotation. If the goal is for race to become less of a factor in categorizing/judging people, isn't it counterproductive to try and increase awareness of ways to potentially apply racism? Our children for instance will be born without prejudices; is it our responsibility to sit them down and teach them all the various ways to offend or hurt or discriminate against someone just to make sure they don't do it on accident? Is that healthy? Does it not introduce issues where there are none? How do you determined which things are obviously never okay (slurs for example) and which things are perhaps just obscure connotations? l'm not sure what the right answer is and as a parent I struggle with determining the right thing to do for my child and for society. (This can all be said for discrimination against any group.)
I personally don't think it's a big deal or a hardship on my part or the part of my children to just be thoughtful and aware of the meaning our words can have. And what is just a little effort from us could make a huge difference in someone else's day, so I think we should do that.