Labels and language

We all use labels when dealing with other people, good, bad, pleasant, unpleasant etc. It’s only when we stray into racial descriptions that we can find ourselves in a minefield of artificial politically correct terminology where words and meanings are often enough at variance with each other, even to the point where it’s ok for one group to use a descriptive noun about themselves but not for an outsider to do so.

For instance Nigger/Nigga if I were to use that word in conversation with colleagues here at work I suspect I’d be up before the boss and on my way out of employment fairly quickly, such is the way offence can be taken even by proxy. Yet in many cases it’s perfectly ok for those of that persuasion to use it amongst themselves. Same with Paki, often taken as offensive yet used by many (young) Pakistanis as part of a greeting term, yet you don’t see such a reaction to the term Brit.

Those are just 2 examples of the more “hypocritical” use and denial of words and meanings, it’s often claimed that they are reclaiming the word, yet it strikes me that they’ve only reclaimed it for themselves whilst still claiming it to be insulting if used by anyone else. For instance if a teacher or professor heard a black person call a white person cracker, they wouldn’t care (yet it’s the equivalent term to nigger for a white person in the USA), but if a white person called a black person nigger, you possibly would be arrested depending on where you did it, it’s against the law after all.

However it’s the subtleties of language selection that interest me at times, where the use of a description is to avoid an issue rather than descriptive in and of itself, take the term Asian. Often used by the MSM to characterise someone from the Indian sub continent, though certainly not a term they’d use for themselves, similarly you can take Asian to mean anyone from the Asian continent and that includes 2 billion Chinese and you’d suspect that they’d have first dibs on the term, they certainly do in the USA where the term Asian often enough means Oriental.

Yet the UK press insist on using the term Asian to describe what could be one of up to 90 different sub types depending on their roots, religion and caste.  Yet we all know these days that when describing Asians in a certain way, the MSM inevitably mean Pakistani or Bangladeshi Muslims, not Bengali or Cholan Indians, not Sikhs, not Buddhists, not Brahmins, not Jains.

Telegraph.

Andrew Goodram, 31, suffered a punctured lung and two broken ribs after the gang of four yobs shouted: “white bastard” at him before subjecting him to a vicious assault.

During the beating Mr Goodram, a labourer, was repeatedly kicked in the head, face and body.  One of his attackers then stood over him and stamped on his chest causing was police described as “significant injuries.”

The assault at Queens Park in Bolton, Greater Manchester was called off when one of the thugs said they should leave and they all ran off in different directions.

Mr Goodram, a father of two managed to stagger home after the assault where he alerted relatives. He spent six days in hospital.

The incident occurred after Mr Goodram was taking a shortcut through the park when he encountered the group of four Asian men – who were with four friends.

As he walked past them one said: “what did you say you white bastard?” before launching an attack.

People however aren’t fooled and as the same story is reported in the Daily Mail the comments allowed there are quite illuminating. Though why the commenter’s can say what the problem is but the Mail and Telegraph insist on using the catch all term Asian I simply do not know, it’s fairly obvious they weren’t Sikhs or Buddhist or even Tamils.

There seems to be a deliberate cover up by use of language for certain crimes committed by a certain group in the UK, or at least an avoidance by those in authority to call a spade a spade (no pun intended) few are fooled though and instead of an honest dialogue we have the ever growing tensions amongst the majority who can see what is going on yet are denied the openings to say what they think as political correctness has closed down dialogue for them whilst leaving it wide open for the minorities.

Unless this hypocrisy ends,  I foresee big trouble, you cannot oppress a majority for too long, nor deny them a voice. Words are dangerous, but not as dangerous as denying their use or meaning to hide a serious problem.

6 comments for “Labels and language

  1. October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve got one coming up on John Terry and Ferdinand [not here today] and it’s a minefield, this racism thing. Half my rugby days were here and half in Oz. During the Oz sojourn, we had a Maori team come over and they were billetted with us. During one game, one of our players called out to our flanker, Cooney, “Hey, Coon.” The Maoris picked up on that and swarmed around the guy but when they realized it was Cooney’s nickname, they backed off.

    In a match with a different team a week later, one of the Australians called out a remark. Five of the Maoris took him to the other side of the field and broke his nose. Can never remember the end of that one.

    Sorry to turn this personal but we think of things in terms of what happened to us. Once in France I went into a bar and started speaking “French”. They laughed their heads off for five minutes, they took the p*** summit awful and then a few of them started speaking English because the French was too painful to listen to. We got on famously although they’d drop in remarks about the rosbifs from time to time. I just grinned because we would have done similar over here in reverse.

    Look, when in Rome is all I’m trying to say.

  2. Maaarrghk!
    October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    And of course new prints of Mark Twain books for US schools are having the word “nigger” replaced by the word “slave”.

    And don’t get me started on the new Dam Busters film. Guy Gibsons dog was not called Digger.

  3. ivan
    October 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    The new Sheriff is a Nig…BONG.

  4. October 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    “yet you don’t see such a reaction to the term Brit.”
    Maybe if a few of us complained to the police when it was used it might be interesting?

  5. Voice of Reason
    October 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    The phrase used to avoid sounding racist in the US is ‘urban youths’.

    • October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, it’s the same in France, much to the chagrin of many French people.

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