|offensive language in the game||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Melanie G (gomelaniegogmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 06:09:53 -0800 (PST)|
Dear Dick, I am so sorry to learn that you see these discussions as people telling you what words are ok to be in the English language. Perhaps people elsewhere have actually said that to you, and that would be unfortunate. I don't like the idea of anyone trying to change anyone else or tell others what to do. The way I see it, is language shifts and morphs according to usage, and new understandings of a certain tipping point amount of individuals and groups. So I believe it's important to raise the issues that exist with words that have previously been used without any concern or thought about how they may have affected those hearing them. Mostly, that has happened when those hearing them were a small enough minority that no one stood up and noticed, or not enough people did anyway. And now it seems more folks are beginning to take note of how words can hurt. That shouldn't be about you, or about blame, or at least I wish it wasn't used that way. Blaming people and saying they are bad or wrong, is different to me from pointing out words that are potentially harmful. I wish we could all separate these ideas. But alas, we live mired in a culture of blame. Most people I know do not use any of the aforementioned words with any malice. Besides, malice is about intent, and I don't think any of us know what someone else may intend. Heck, sometimes, we don't even know what WE intend. I hope this message lands as a small clarification, a distinction that may be made about word usage. I don't think "cutting people slack" is fitting with asking for a discussion or re evaluation of word usage. If by "cutting slack" we mean let people use the words without saying anything, then are we in integrity if we know the words could harm someone? And if "cutting slack" means not blaming someone because they used a word without being aware, then I am 100% with you. I just don't think the two have to be mutually exclusive. We can share concern about word usage without blaming the person who used the word. there I go again, using lots of words here on this list... because they are important to me.
- Re: offensive language in the game, (continued)
Re: offensive language in the game Abe Ross, March 9 2021
- Re: offensive language in the game Hafidha Sofia, March 9 2021
Re: offensive language in the game Ed Sutton, March 10 2021
- Re: offensive language in the game Dick Margulis, March 10 2021
- offensive language in the game Melanie G, March 10 2021
- Re: offensive language in the game Abe Ross, March 9 2021
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