Friday, February 19, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 97

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Words words words

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the letter "It's asinine, I say" (Feb. 17). First of all, in the United States, and in practically every developed country of the world, a citizen is in check. One cannot use words, or rather, one has to search for the most appropriate words to use in conversations involving a secondary group.

Presently, this standard is applied to everyone. I can walk up to my best friend who is white and call him, "white trash," and he might call me, "nigger," but we have an understanding. He is my best friend. On the other hand, I cannot go up to a class and address every white person as "white trash" or every black person as "nigger." I will get into trouble.

This is "political correctness." I am sorry for it, but I can't change it. Moreover, there are always those troublemakers who are out to misquote. As you stated, anonymous writer, they are the "hypersensitive minorities."

So, I believe that whoever would use a word such as "niggardly" should be held responsible for their diction, despite the fact that it might mean something else in context.

Well, to my point, you say gangsta-rap music promotes "hate the white man." I think that is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard in my life. I listen to rap and all other kinds of music, from slow melodies to heavy def metal. Yes, I hear statements about racial stuff, but you know what? Alternative songs have lyrics that can be intrepeted as "hate the black man" music.

Remember Everclear saying this in one of their songs: "It wasn't easy for me to be a scared white boy in a black neighborhood?" But you know what? That never made me say that I would stop listening to alternative music or got me into bashing alternative music in the newspaper.

As I said, we are in a society that is always in check, and every little thing you say in the wrong place might (or will) get you in trouble. So I beg you, and I quote from one of our "gangsta raps" as you may call it, "You better check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Peter Ebalunode
sophomore, computer science


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