Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I decided to create "Not Quite Dead" after reading an article about a funeral for the word "nigger" that was held at the Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery in July of 2007. The NAACP orchestrated this funeral to "put to rest a long-standing expression of racism". The coffin was carried by eight pallbearers as a local church choir sang. Although I like the premise of this event it has done nothing to eliminate the use of the word. In fact I find "Nigger" used more often in rap songs, in podcasts and by comedians. My personal opinion is that it's not any particular word that is a problem just the state of our country that find abusive words necessary to get a point across. Not sure if it's fault rests with disfunction families, education or the state of community where it's members see no alternative but to live a life full of negatively. While the word "Nigger' gets the most reaction because of its racial undertones I find "Cunt, Fag, and shit-head equally offensive. It is my hope that some day these words will fall by the wayside and we will have no need for artificial funerals and hurt feelings. In my next blog I will further discuss the purpose behind the bell and string tied to the coffin in this piece.