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A grave matter of censorship:
Mild panicSorry about the thread title, but I couldn't resist the pun potential. Ahem...anyway, it seems the N-word does not make some people happy. I suppose the question is what is deemed respectful to the people buried there. Personally, I think if the families of the dead wanted it that way...Grandfather Clause should let them keep it.
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ZzzzzzzzzzThe N-word is not "negro". Just thought I'd throw that in.
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Lover of masks.I do not see the problem. They are changing the word nigger on the stones back to negro right? I fail to see the censorship.
No. "Negro" was the standard term used in English for any black person from the 16th century down to the 50s or 60s, especially in the US. It means black in Spanish. It's come to be regarded as unacceptable because it was generally rejected by the people subject to the name, largely because of its association with a period of oppression for them. However, it strikes me as faintly ridiculous to waste money on altering gravestones in this way, especially when it's only a place-name. Editing history because you don't like it now is no better than censorship. Are they? I thought they were removing "Negro Hill." If it actually is the N-word, I might have a bit more sympathy.
edited 27th May '11 12:33:57 PM by captainbrass2
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Lover of masks.It seems to me that when the bodies where moved they put up new markers declaring them to be from nigger hill. They also have a movemen to keep a nigger headstone, with information describing the error, at the new site, with the others being scattered to museums and universities. Naturally there are protests to this as well. Negro is an english word? Edit: In rereading it seems that its just alot of stupid. Like why need supervision from "the black community" ? Why threaten them with lawyers for wanting to update the gravesite? How is it being rebuilt by prisoners a bad thing?
edited 27th May '11 12:49:56 PM by TheDeadMansLife
Are they? I thought they were removing "Negro Hill." If it actually is the N-word, I might have a bit more sympathy.Yes. The place in which the bodies were originally buried was called "Negro Hill", but when the bodies were relocated, gravestones were made which looked like this.
Yes, this is the result of Government work, and not the original tombstones. Given that, I see no reason to not change them. Then again, I wouldn't have moved the bodies, but that's me.
Lover of masks.They need dams. I do not understand the sanctity of corpses. Seems strange.
Ahr riverThat's...kinda hilarious. In a sort of way.
Lover of masks.I just got the title of the thread. I giggled and slammed my face into a wall.
Stupid, although still not as stupid as removing 'nigger' from classic literature
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