20 09 11 - 14:25From the geez-whouda-thunk-it department:
Fifty-seven percent say "trying to be funny" is a big reason people use discriminatory language online. About half that many say a big reason is that people "really hold hateful feelings about the group."
That may be why even the most inflammatory racist slur in the AP-MTV poll â the "N-word" â didn't rouse a majority of young people. Only 44 percent said they'd be very or extremely offended if they saw someone using it online or in a text message. Thirty-five percent said it wouldn't bother them much, including fully 26 percent who wouldn't be offended at all.
Among African-American youth, however, 60 percent said they would be offended by seeing the N-word used against other people. - MSNBC
Surprise: slurs hurt people because the intent behind their use is mean. Only if you're the target group, by the way.
Another surprise: 40 years of political indoctrination have shown liberals to be who they really are -- the nagging nannies and uptight moralists of the world -- while the rest of us have moved on, and are concerned with more practical things.
Like how to survive the social disaster liberalism has brought us.
And a Harvard law student's email to friends, suggesting that blacks might be intellectually inferior, was forwarded across the Internet, prompting the law school dean to publicly denounce it.
That's the disaster: liberalism is an extended form of deferential politeness, and it encourages us to lump legitimate questions in with social reactions. Specifically, the kind of nose-holding whining that makes us want to run away from civilization as a whole.