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Hey Alan, thanks for becoming a fan! How have you been enjoying writing for Bleacher Report? If you have ever have any questions about the site or suggestions for ways to improve it, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks!
I enjoyed your Brett Smith article and agree 100%
Mr. Black I asked you a direct question; "If you have never felt their pain how can you gauge their hurt?"
And your response is; "My race does not invalidate my observations. The N-word and the F-word serve the same purpose, directed towards different communities. They are in the same class."
How do you know that? How can you explain or classify a pain you have never felt or experienced? That is the issue lost on us. Somewhere we felt entitled and obligated to speak on things we have never experienced, and then try to tell those who have how to react.
I do not know if you are a gay man and have experienced things because of your sexual orientation, but if you have I am sorry for that. I truly believe no person should be disrespected.
However, the pain you experienced did not qualify you to classify the pain felt by others. Whether it is Jewish people who lived through the Holocaust, or tell African Americans how feel when discriminated against.
Perhaps "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin would educate you on the difference between life and an observation.
Alan while I am thankful you responded, I feel you did so without understanding my comment.
As a Caucasian, you have never been called a Nigger, period. So how can you say it is on the same level or playing field as any of the comments you mentioned?
Lastly, you felt compelled to write an article about the reaction to someone being called Nigger and explain to the world that the reaction was hypocritical. You are basing this stance on other actions that you, again a Caucasian man who has never been called Nigger, feel are comparable.
My friend that is the definition of "white privilege". If you have never felt their pain how can you gauge their hurt?
The tragedy of this article is it enforces "white entitlement" or "white privilege", which I am seeing time and time again when we speak on this matter. I have linked http://www.nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf a brief explanation of white privilege or entitlement is for those who choose to become familiar with it.
This notion that we can somehow label, dissect, or establish the level of pain or anger that people feel when this word is uttered shows just how oblivious we are to those around us. Specifically, those that do not look or live like us.
When Cooper used that word his intent was not to "dehumanize" it was to let that gentleman know he was beneath him. I would suggest reading such books as Randall Kennedy's "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word". In that book Kennedy not only discusses the history of the word but when it was used.
Michael Jordan was suspended from school for hitting a white girl who called him that, Tiger Woods was tied to a tree as a classmate called him that, and other prominent Americans discuss when and how that word was used.
The historical use of that word, should clearly explain why it far exceeds any of the examples you named. In addition, the power evoked when the word is used is something we can never understand, which is why it is so disturbing that we try to.
The instances you mentioned show just how ignorant you and many of us are. I would suggest doing research on the word and its place in American history, before comparing it to any other word.
Your article is filled with three current examples you feel prove your point of hypocrisy, but falls significantly short on establishing the historical significance of the use of that word. That is what separates this instance, from any other.
In your attempt to sound unbiased, you actually sound ill-informed.
Hi Alan. Good to "hear" from you again. Really appreciate your continued readership, and the praise you gave to my "Worst Jobs in Sports" piece. - Eric
My pleasure Alan. Thanks for the article!
Hi Alan. Just wanted to say I really appreciate you "liking" my piece of the Luckiest Shots in Sports History. I just read your Quidditch piece and liked it a lot. I actually wrote a little something joking about Quidditch in this article:
If you get a chance to read it, I'd love to hear your feedback.
Best wishes and happy writing,
No problem Alan! Let me know if you need any tips on how to hyperlink.