The word "nigger" was appropriated waaay back by black people as shorthand for "uppity nigger" which was once a pejorative term for someone who had ideas above their colour, but quickly became a term proudly used to describe someone who did not take shit from whitey.
Holy heck! That word has to be one of the most plastic in the language.
I'm curious to learn more of its parameters and permutations now but I don't want to spend such a glorious Canturbury afternoon typing 'nigger' into Google.
Plus I have a meeting with the 7th Goatmaster of Christchurch Citizen Control System 9 under Le Cafe later on and have neglected to polish the ritual croquet hammer.
I can remember the one occasion I was ignored for being Pakeha.
How did you determine you were being ignored for being Pakeha? What was the context?
It gets in the way of the facts of poverty and alienation that affect people of all colors.
Urg, sorry - that's so wishy-washy and means nothing.
I am against the use of the N world and WT because all they do is remind people of their subjugation and/or economic and cultural privation.
And I think the use of WT and viewing poor white people as WT could even be a factor in encouraging groups like Kyle Chapman's to turn to white supremacist ideology.
I therefore don't like the re-appropriation of either WT or N, though I'm not going to tell Mos Def not to use the N word if he wants to... i.e, it's not Whitey's job to tell people how to speak proper....
Being labeled "White Trash" and feeling it probably has a lot to do with why Kyle and his boot boys have adopted the belief system they have. They are some of the city's losers, as Emma points out, and they clearly feel it, because they've gone and adopted a belief system that give them a reason to feel some pride in themselves. It's unfortunate that it has to be Nazi "white pride."
If only Kyle and Co could take a more positive approach.... Perhaps they could take a lead from hip artists who re-appropriated the 'N' word.
e.g like the Stereogram boys:
<dylan>The term white trash dates back not to the 1950s but to the 1820s. It arises not in Mississippi or Alabama, but in and around Baltimore, Maryland. And best guess is that it was invented not by whites, but by African Americans. As a term of abuse, white trash was used by blacks--both free and enslaved--to disparage local poor whites.</dylan>
Where did that come from, Dylan?
I'm not sure if that's the case because I'm unsure of the source, but I have read a bit about the history of the 'N' word. Before it was positively re-appropriated (and some people dispute that that re-appropriation is a positive thing) by some black artists, it was often used by black people who felt they had risen to a better place in society to describe black people who had not.
Personally I'm not sure I like the use of either word even if it is being used in a positive re-appropriated way.... It gets in the way of the facts of poverty and alienation that affect people of all colors.
@Russell "white trash" is always used to refer to people from poor backgrounds, and that's why I have a problem with the term.
Otherwise, I completely concur with you. I grew up here and HATED it, couldn't wait to get out. I was very surprised to find myself liking it when I got back a month or so ago. There's been some tremendous improvements since I've been gone. The city centre is still menacing and violent however, as you note... Sad.
I probably have leaned too far in some of my posts in an attempt to bring some balance to the argument about ChCh. I just get annoyed when people use the city as a straw man, in order to express the righteousness of their own morals/views and to emphasize the supposed relative harmony of their own communities.
Hopefully, some of the posters with negative views about the city will take the time that you have to rediscover it, and will come away with a more mature attitude.
In that case I feel slightly bad about joking about their slaughter. When was the last rabies scare? I was last in Bali in July. (Tahu Michi?) There were heaps of dogs around Ubud.
If you leave some Rammstein playing on the end of the pier the vigilant aryans might lemming themselves into the surf.
For those of you who enjoy laughing at Neo-Nazis I highly recommend stormfront.org.
After reading about Kyle and his gang yesterday, I wanted to know what sort of culture they would like to promote -- and came across some surprising posts.
e.g, apparently it is okay to listen to Joanna Newsom! Because she plays a harp, an instrument deemed to have an illustrious European heritage.
In terms of literature, skinheads and nerds seem to be on the same page, with Lord of the Rings, C.S Lewis and Dune all rating highly. I also recommend the Stormfront book of white power poetry for a good chuckle. In between the expected racist rhymes there are some almost endearingly tender-hearted and inept poems about spurned love.
Live music I would applauded such a move, but the purpose of the canned classics is to move people on & it works.
Be back in a minute: Just popping down to New Brighton with a boom box and the complete recordings of Webern.
Anyone know where Kyle Chapman and his gang live? Give me the exact coordinates and I'll approach from the West in an attempt to drive them into the sea.
"Much like the Classical Musak being pumped out to make sure no-one goes into the inner city businesses,"
Musak? They were playing Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet at Casual Mall yesterday.
Speaking of Christs Col, the "Auckland Grammar Nazis" reminded me of far too many yobbos I encountered at that place. An inverse proportional relationship between the size of their wallets and their intellectualism.
That balls. There's plenty of artists and intellectuals from a CC background - including the guy who recently sculpted Nick Smith out of shit. :)