Nigger Isn't Always Meant As A Racial Epithet:Tourettes Syndrome Needs Understanding

I was sent a link from Bossip by a regular reader. I have long since lost any hope of finding anything worthwhile on this site.  Obviously the young woman in question suffers from Tourettes Syndrome.

According to the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Tourettes is, a neurological or “neurochemical” disorder characterized by tics — involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way.
The cause has not been established, although current research presents considerable evidence that the disorder stems from the abnormal metabolism of at least one brain chemical (neurotransmitter) called dopamine. Very likely other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, are also involved.

Clearly it is upsetting to hear racial epithets in use, however in this case, this poor young girl cannot control it.  The lack of malicious intent should be enough to garner sympathy, but once again the readers of BOSSIP must show their ignorance to the world.

go beside that burb hos head a cupol of times will brake that habit.

Tourettes or not, my (white) momma would have backhanded my ass if I ever talked like that.

That fucking retard bitch. Her ugly ass mother taught her that. I got the cure real quick and it would be these hands administering her a can of whoop ass!!

hat stank hoe needs 2 come 2 my hood with that mess!

THIS BITCH WILL EVENTUALLY GET SLAPPED UP. I BET U THEN HER ASS WILL STOP THAT FAKE SH–!!!!!!

If this chick REALLLLY had Tourette’s, her “tics” would not only include sticking up her middle finger and profane words. Bottom line, all this lil fass ass girl needs is a good OLD FASHIONED ass whoopin. And her mama too, hell. That’s all.

I won’t torment you by adding anymore commentary, I trust you get the level understanding in the comment thread.   Notice that for these people the way to combat “perceived” racism is to immediately descend into sexism.  They threaten violence against the young woman and immediately slut shame her.  How do these things intersect in their minds?  The way to fight racism (which is clearly non existent here) is not to counter with another ism.

What people continually fail to recognize is that isms work in tandem to create people as “other”. If you are living as a marginalized body and engage in ableism, ageism, sexism  etc., you are supporting the very same line of thought that perpetuates inequality.  Perpetuating marginalization despite being marginalized means that to some degree you do not believe in the common humanity of all.

I am also highly disturbed  that violence is suggested as a solution.  The majority of these readers are POC, who as we know have been historically subject to violence.  What good has this ever done for society?  As a POC I find this behaviour shameful.  When POC are killed we cry out in righteous indignation and to wish that on another person who suffers the same sort of social stigmas is inexcusable.  No matter what they did to this young woman she could no more make her Tourettes disappear, than anyone could change the colour of their skin. 

I most definitely concur that the word nigger needs to go.  I see no excuse for anyone not stricken with this syndrome to use this word.  There are simply times when we all need to recognize that there are extenuating circumstances and offer the same kind of human empathy and compassion that we would like given to us,.

Finally to the author of  Bossip, commentary like the following, is exactly why you are shame upon the black blogosphere..”We know the cure to that sh*t and it’s found inside of a brick. It’s a very delicate procedure in which you crack it over her head and voila. Racism in check.” It hardly comes as a surprise that your comment section commonly looks like a congregation of ignorance when this is the message you choose to present them. It is not acceptable to promote any “ism”, no matter who it comes from.

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