The n-word. "black people can use it, having reclaimed it and given it new meaning. White people cannot. It’s simply impossible to separate from its history as a disgusting racial slur and a vestige of centuries of enslavement and mistreatment." says Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic. I say, this is perpetuating racial division. There are now two different standards of what is socially acceptable speech based on skin tone. There are two different definitions of a word, not based on context of use, but based purely on the skin tone of the speaker. If two groups of people are not socially allowed to speak the same language, we have created a social divide, plain and simple.
Yes, the racial divide is perpetuated by the language we use, because people use words that do not bring us together. Even each race has their own derogatory terms for their own. This does not help us get over racism. We should also learn English to the best of our abilities, to ease communication.
The racial divide is perpetuated by the language we use. Everything we say will either decrease or increase the racial divide we are experiencing in USA and other places around the world. As we watch news, media and movies, more and more racism continues because of the language we use. Just listen to songs now days, and then you will realize how much racism is still active. That is just an example of many more that are pure evident in our society.
While I do think that racist language of the past should definitely stay buried there, it is interesting how politically correct language (African-American, for instance) creates a weirdly cautious "walking on eggshells" kind of atmosphere. This can make the issue of our own national identity feel weirdly partisan. Better, I think, to focus on what we have in common and not what makes us separate.
The n-word is probably the best example of this. Once upon a time, The n word with a hard r is considered offensive. Now, Negro is considered offensive, And some people are offended by Black. What's stopping people from being offended? Nothing, And what's stopping people from using other words? Nothing! It's arbitrary bullshit that people tell themselves just because they can't separate words from ideas. I've been called Chink back in middle school and it actually hurt back then. Then I've been called so many stupid names and other inane shit that chink is not only tame by comparison, But I recognized that being called chink is not the problem--the problem is the person saying chink. And then there's the inverse, When a word is used so often that it loses it's meaning. For fucking example, This fucking sentence has the fucking word "fuck" in it so many fucking times that with each and every fuck that's fucked, You give less of a fuck about the word, "fuck". But "assaholic bitch" sticks because you don't hear it often. Same thing happens with "fag" on 4chan--everyone is called a -fag of some kind, Whether oldfag, Newfag, Agingfag, Furfag, Etc. It's to the point where being called a fag is actually proper etiquitte (although 4chan is not exactly a paragon of goodness). The only power words have is in a sentence. If people actually gave a damn about historical implications, They wouldn't hate the Swastika for being a Nazi symbol--it's a Buddhist and Hindu symbol long before Hitler was even thinkable. People hate words because they associate words with ideas, Damned be the context. And this ass-backwards way of thinking is exactly the reason why the n-word is told as the n-word. People are overly sensitive to a word idiots on Roblox use (despite the filters).
(And if it was impossible to report and moderate posts, I'd not only be a lot more harsh, But also I'd have a section dedicated entirely to things worse than just saying the n-word, And it's be longer than this post. )
The racial divide is nothing more than outside sources such as the main stream media coming between people. If at any time the races seem to be getting along and grouping together, something major happens that the media follows constantly to divide everyone back up. If the media would instead put stories about races coming together then people would get along better.