Two months after Builder and I got married, we took a trip to Cleveland to visit his extended family. While there, I got the shock of my life--the "n-word" crossing Jewish lips.
Now I'm not shocked. I'm just appalled.
I've become accustomed to the all-too-frequent use of the word "schvartza" (a Yiddish version of the n-word). However, my completely secular parents, the ones who supposedly had no values, never used racial slurs, and taught me never to use them. All the ones I'd heard of, I picked up from TV--but I hate them all.
The truth is, there is only ONE race. No group is superior to another. And those most likely to apply the N-Word are just as likely to drop the K-Word. We do ourselves no favors by trying to emulate them. They will always see us as "children of the Devil" or whatever slur they wish to use. We win ourselves no friends, and gain no respect. All we do is alienate those elements of the world who might sympathize with our plight.