Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 12:21:44 -0500 From: "Johnnie A. Renick" Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries? In a message dated 97-10-28 12:07:13 EST, sanold01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU writes: << There is a "singled out" effect here because of the history of the word "Nigger" Did somebody hit your forefathers on the back with a whip and say "pick that cotton you damn peckerwood" I dont think so. >> I believe we all feel or should feel this word nigger is not to be used anywhere and it be okay. I was at the play ground the other day with my 6 and 8 year old girls. There were tons of children playing and having a ball. There was one extremely little boy who I believe must have been mixed race or either very light black. There was a family there with about five kids and the parents as well as the kids were playing tag. This little boy ( about two) was chasing his ball and went up and sat beside one of the kids in this large family. This kid shouted to his brother that they could not play on that side because of the nigger. I was amazed... I just stood there and watched the large family go and stand by there truck and thought that is where they should stay. I could not see why in the world any parent would want to teach these kids to hate someone because of his skin. I know of course that ignorance is the reason but I was still hurt for that mom and child. No one should use that word. Also in the classroom I have gotten after many a teenage Black boy for calling his friend "Nigger' I have explained that he is degrading himself and his friend whether he thinks so or not. the reply has been many times that "He's my homey." I have explained it does not matter who he is .. it will nto be doen around me. I do not want to be called white trash even by the best of friends playing. I find no amusement in the ord. It is degrading and humilating. Johnnie