Originally Posted by Ska Oreo
No, it really isn't. But I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to believe that some "dark and mysterious" force was at work to make these poor, innocent girls say such horrid things. I mean look at how innocent (and white), naive (and white), and youthful (so white) they are. Clearly they had no idea what they were talking about.
FUCK. THAT. NOISE.
Yes they did. Every single one of those girls knew what they were saying. There is no excuse, no amount of "oh its kids being kids" should save them--but it will. Because of course it will. They're just so gosh darn innocent, that they had no idea what they were doing.
Also rappers say it.
At the risk of dragging this out way too much, I've seen people in highschool and after talked through saying all kinds of awful shit and not realising it until after they've done it. I've heard radio stations do it. The joke is making them do it. People are dumb, they are naive and they are innocent and at times a mixture of all three. Sometimes to a surprisingly advanced age.
What's the case here? Dunno really. No one is offering that kind of defense that I can find (probably figuring the less said the better at this point).
Young people also play "edgy" language games like this from time to time. Because when you're terribly immature the naughtiness of every wrong sounding thing is funny. Transgression is exciting. Being immature like this doesn't necessarily go away with age either and even when it does it is something a lot of people like to induce on purpose.
I don't like it, but it is true. Since racially based material is fodder for all of the above, is that indicative of an at least mildly racist society? I think it is. But also because of all that I'm hesitant to deal absolute condemnation on people for falling into it. Maybe if I lived somewhere else I'd feel differently.
That said, because of all these complexities I think are very real I don't think it's some sort of dismissive apologism to reserve judgement and think there might be something else going on when people are caught filming themselves chanting a racial slur backwards for no apparent reason.