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  •  Your argument is odd (0+ / 0-)

    You're essentially saying that since Bugs Bunny said it, it couldn't possibly have any historically bigoted connotations. And that's a weird argument to make.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:05:24 PM PDT

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    •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      I thought my argument is pretty solid actually.  In my experience (63 years and counting) I have never heard of the Maroons (nor had Doc), nor had ever experienced the use of the word maroon used as a pejorative, other than the denotation inspired by Bugs.  The word has multiple meanings, and the meaning Doc selected was the correct, appropriate and well understood meaning.

      Now if you can cite where the word maroon has been used in a racist and bigoted manner I will add that meaning to its several others but I can't see the sin in using a word when it's use is clearly not intended to be bigoted, and in reality is not.

      Is that clear?

      There is an endless supply of white men, there has always been a limited number of Human Beings

      by ratprique on Wed May 21, 2014 at 01:03:55 PM PDT

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      •  So your not hearing it (0+ / 0-)

        means that it can't possibly be construed as offensive? That is a very strange argument to make.

        Think about the implications of that for a moment. Isn't this the standard excuse people have used in the South for 'Nigger?'

        "I thought it was descriptive. Those people are black. Used to be called Negros. We pronounce it Niggers. Therefore, since I started using the word when I didn't know it was anything other than descriptive of color, I'll continue to use it, even though I now know it offends people. And you shouldn't ask me not to!"

        •  If you can demonstrate anywhere the word (0+ / 0-)

          Maroon was used in such a brutal and bigoted manner  I may reconsider. But I don't think you can.

          And more importantly, in your absurd example, there is only one meaning of the word nigger.  It is not a homonym with multiple meanings.  Coon is and has very appropriate uses.  I will refer to the varmint with the Lone Ranger mask as a coon, and the dog that tracks him as a coonhound.  It has another colloquial meaning and I would never use the word in that hateful bigoted sense.  And no one has used the homonym maroon in the hateful bigoted sense that you imagine though can not document.

          So again, the meaning of the homonym maroon was used in a perfectly appropriate manner that was completely understood by the audience.  If you heard something hateful and bigoted I suggest you check yourself, not the good doctor.

          There is an endless supply of white men, there has always been a limited number of Human Beings

          by ratprique on Fri May 30, 2014 at 12:18:50 AM PDT

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