Post by EricÂ©
"Independent Senator Andre Pratte is apologizing for any offence he caused by using the
'N-word' twice during a committee hearing Wednesday evening.
Members of the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee had gathered to listen
to testimony about Bill C-16, the government's proposed law that would make it illegal to
discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Both terms would also
be added to hate speech laws.
Pratte was arguing in favour of calling transgender Canadians by their preferred pronoun,
and used the slur to make a point about how hurtful language can be."
I don't think the guy did anything wrong. Well hold on. Maybe this goes
back to the issue of cultural appropriation by using a word that is
commonly used by black people. Saying "the N word" instead of "nigger"
is like saying "poop" instead of "shot". Sure, it is offense to call a
black person a nigger. Give it time and "the N word" will become become
an offensive label. There used to be degrees of mental ability that
were called idiot, simpleton and moron. They changed that to mentally
retarded, and now that one is out of favour.
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