9 October 2014
In society, not many know what they might say could hurt others. Also, certain words will be said to certain groups of people that they might not like: the use of racial slurs. What I mean by “certain groups of people” of the use of racial terms such as the “n-word.” The “n-word was created long ago to discriminate the African American race. Recently, there have been incidents in which athletes use racial slurs to refer to players on other teams or even within their own team. The “n-word” is very hurtful and should not be used in any way shape or form toward anyone.
In recent events, there was a football game ...view middle of the document...
Houston denied hearing Kaepernick using the racial slur when asked on September 14, but Fox Sports, citing NFL referees, reported last week that the quarterback did say the N-word” (Gutierrez 1). If Kaepernick told the truth from the beginning, then this would not be as big as a problem as it came out to be. However, this was not the first incident that another played told another player of the other team racial slurs. Because of the many incidents, the NFL made a law that if any player uses such profanity toward anyone during a game then they will be fined.
There has been conflict with the use of the “n-word” with the African American race for many generations. In a teachers guide about the book, “Huck Finn,” examines how there is concern about how the “n-word” is used in the books by teachers and students. “In the United States, "nigger" was first regarded as pejorative in the early nineteenth century. In the era of enslavement, the words "nigger" or "black" were inserted in front of a common American first name (e.g., John), given to a slave to distinguish the slave from any local white person with the same name.” (Teachers Guide Section 1). Now, within a classroom setting the use of the “n-word” changes everything. “Whether in the context of Huck Finn or in any other text in which the word is used, "nigger" raises a number of concerns for both teachers and students when it is used in a classroom setting. When the issues surrounding the word have not been previously addressed in the classroom, it "changes everything," according to parent Danny Elmore. ‘Five seconds before that word is used, everyone in class might have been your friend. But now you're reassessing yourself, and they're reassessing you. It has a profound effect. Nothing is the same after it is used’” (Teachers Guide Section 1). According to parents that have kids who read this book for school, they believe its ridiculous if the teachers do not believe their children are just going to read the term a few times in the book and not say it when they get to school. That is why when the word is explained to the students that it should not be used at all toward anyone then everything changes because they might not have known the consequences it has. Then, theres a situation with one girl in the class who is African American...