Huy Nguyen (Lee)
Essay #3: Hateful Words
We usually ignore a person who uses hateful words, and we all know that those words can really hurt a person. A recent grassroots movement tried but failed to have the word “nigger” removed from dictionaries. When those hurtful words are directed at us, they can cause just as much as a slap or a punch. When they are being used, they diminish not only the humanity of those who they are aimed at, but also the individual or group that uses them. In this essay, I will discuss about the hateful words, why they still survive though most of us do not want to use them, and in addition, I will give some examples of them.
Like the word “nigger”, I believe that there are some words that diminish the humanity of whomever they are said to and that we should completely eliminate them from our vocabularies. Those words are designed to do nothing but cause harm to the feelings and sense of identity that the people who are being said to has. In my opinion, this is particularly true in terms of what are called "racial epithets". They insult and demean not only the individual but also all of their relatives, and ancestors as well. I personally feel that they should have no place in any society that claims to be civilized. There could be no use of these words that do not imply or directly result in harming or trying to remind someone that they are actually a second class citizen. There they could be overheard others including innocent children, and elders who deserve to be treated with protection and respect. All of the kinds of words and phrases that I am discussing here are generally based on racial or cultural stereotypes, and they are by their very nature designed to limit the possible upward mobility of a particular individual or group.
There is always enormous debate about banning a word, because it is impossible to control what people say with their mouths as well as the diversity of...