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Sun, Oct. 25th, 2009 01:10 am
Writer's Block: Yes, offense taken

If a friend or relative makes a racist or homophobic remark, do you tend to confront them or let it slide? Are you more likely to confront them if it offends you directly or someone else who seems reluctant to speak up?


It depends on who it is, what the remark is about, and if I'm in a confrontational mood. I always speak up if it's gay bashing, or just somebody being ignorant about gays. It doesn't matter who it is or what mood I'm in, I won't put up with it. Even them calling a gay a "fegalla" isn't cool with me. It's supposedly not a bad term but when it comes from their mouths it is. Like them saying "shvartzie" when talking about a black person. I think it really just means "black" in hebrew (not 100% on that) but coming out of their mouths I'll hear as the N word in Hebrew and won't put up with that shit either.
Sometimes it doesn't pay to speak up. Some of these people are brick walls when it comes to these things and I just end up getting a sore throat from speaking for no reason.I can't say "no good reason" because it's always good to shoot down ignorant and bigot remarks, even if people won't listen to you.

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weaz3l
weaz3l
Aleks
Sun, Oct. 25th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)

Damn fucking right I do. If someone says "retarded" "rape" "gay" "jew" "nigger" etc. in my presence with the connotation that they are using it as slander then they're gonna get an ear-full from me. Hell, there are dirt-words people have called me which most people wouldn't hear or know about unless they are Serbian themselves or from the Balkan region so I've had my fair share of being called "racist" type terms so I can see where people are coming from nowadays and I feel terrible for throwing around terms ignorantly as I did when I was younger. There are quite a few other words that get me going too but at the moment I can't think of them since it is 6AM and I am running on sleep-deprivation. Even if it doesn't change the person's mind-set, it at least makes me feel better to peacefully, eloquently, tell them what a horrible human being they are because coming from someone who is a republican conservative (which I make sure to tell them I am because that usually really gets their blood boiling since being a red members I should be anti-everything) who dresses like a freaky goth chick (meaning I shouldn't care about anything) who has the face of a sixteen year old (meaning I shouldn't know anything) people usually stop dead in their tracks and are picking their jaws up off the floor by the time I walk away and usually don't have the chance to interject me. XD


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Oct. 25th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)

You go girl.
I've been called a bigot for calling somebody I care for "gay" (they are, in fact, gay). I didn't use it as a slang term (like "dude, that's totally gay").
I sometimes slip up and say things like that since I used that term as a teen (heh, South Park has warped my fragile little mind) but I try my damnedest not to use "gay" that way anymore and I always apologize if I say it in front of somebody (half the people don't get why I apologize).
Being called a bigot for calling somebody gay who is gay is a bit bizarre for me. I don't think the word "gay" is negative when saying "I have a gay friend". That's not negative....if I said "my friend is a fag"...THAT is negative (I never use the word fag..ever)
I should sleep, I don't think I made sense.


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weaz3l
weaz3l
Aleks
Sun, Oct. 25th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)

No way, I totally get what you meant and I feel the same exact way. I hate how people cringe or look at me weird or try to tell me I am a hypocrite for calling my gay friends gay. I'm not! I know exactly what you mean. It's completely different.


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