Now that that has been established, I will prove 3 things below: 1) The "N-Word" has been driven from its original meaning into something much more docile and even friendly 2) It's being barred from our usage runs against core principals this website claims it upholds. and 3) that the clear difference between its casual meaning and its offensive meaning is distinct. Therefore they are not one and the same.
Essay type thing:
If I walked around my campus with my friend (who is black) with a clicker and waited for him to start hanging out with his other friends (also black), I might count up to 50 times that most notorious of words being spoken, being shot back in forth and rolling off their tongues as naturally as a conjunction. I've been around them long enough to where they don't even notice if I say it, and they call me it as well. Of course, this can't be right, we're suppose to scream bloody murder and run for the hills at its mere utterance, yes? It's so evil, so vile, so, so...notorious? Of course, even in my own head I have never made the horrendous mistake of clearly pronouncing the -er sound, after all the word ending with -er and it ending with -a are well established opposites. It's been made clear, in all my experience, that those two, are two very very different words. To this I like to compare it to the Swastika, when Buddhists popularized the symbol of good, that is what it meant and that is what it still means to some people. Yet all it took was simple a clockwise turn, and it becomes the symbol of well known hatred. This simple change, made a largely known peaceful symbol into a hated symbol. So to, is the "N-Word" changed in an opposite way, from a word of hatred, to a word of kinship.
A well established fact is that the "N-Word" is considered one of the most derogatory words in the English language, that's what we've been led to believe, that's what the media tells us and that's the reasons people give on its being barred from its mere utterance. But is this not just a Lord Voldemort fallacy? Is this not us simply ALLOWING that word to hold the influence it does? I believe that the word, is just that, a word. Be it in its good context or bad, it is only as bad as the person who hears it, allows it to be. "You stupid Whore." Is demeaning and dehumanizing, and no matter how you spin it, it can't be used in a non-demeaning, non-dehumanizing way. So why can it still be typed out, and even spoken on TV? But the "N-word" does have a non-demeaning and non-dehumanizing context, its used all the time and should be allowed on this site, if for nothing else, simply on Principle.
Furthermore, How can we justify all the trashy, offensive, disgusting flash in our Flash portal that goes unflagged on the grounds that this is "Everything by Everybody" and still ban certain parts of speech? Here's a couple gems that are apparently absolutely fine according to NG:
According to Newgrounds, these are fine because that's there opinion and there right to put in here as being "Everything by Everyone" So let's get this straight, on here you can watch these kinds of videos, make these kinds of videos and upload them for the whole world but oh, bt-dubbs, you can't actually say these things in the forums. So exactly how is banning the word in the forums doing ANYTHING, protecting ANYBODY from these "harmful words" if they can scroll down the UJ section and see all this? Hell, these actually passed, they aren't even UJ. That's the kind of hypocrisy this rule is bringing, if you can allow this racist bullshit than why the hell can we not use the casual, non-racist version of this on the forums? Riddle me that.
In Conclusion, I thoroughly believe that the banishment of the "N-word" is a ridiculous and poor attempt to protect people from verbal harm, when in reality, its just oppressing people from being able to use one of the most common street words in America and probably the world. It doesn't help anybody, its hypocritical and nonsensical especially when you have things like the above flash in our very portals. These policies need to change, you owe us that much NG, if we're really all about expressing ourselves, let us do so in both characters and flash. It's not protective, its largely used in a casual, congenial context and its being barred is limiting as a writer. What if I wanted to write a short story based in the south in 1850? Or a kid trying to rise from the ghettos? How am I suppose to tiptoe around that? It's just restriction of the first amendment and wrong. NG, let's fix this, if for nothing else, for keeping with one of our core principals that we have so wrongfully betrayed.