Let’s be realistic about this, racism exists in every quadrant of our known social universe, and that’s a bad thing.
You cannot name an ethnicity or culture where it doesn’t exist, and I don’t believe it can anymore be legislated out of existence than morality can be legislated into existence.
Racism is also a convenient card to play when no grounds exist, a part of the political correctness era.
Is it racism when a black person refers to another as a “nigger” or sprinkle the lyrics of a song with the word?
Why isn’t the black community suing and addressing those among their own who employ such words?
How about “redneck, cracker, or honky” if spoken by a white person? Or “skin” if spoken by an indigenous person.
Why aren’t the white and indigenous communities suing and addressing those among their own who employ such words?
Or is all that acceptable, this keeping such words alive while railing against them?
Are they only racist when directed towards a different ethnicity?
If so that is what is known as a double standard, the very bedrock racism is constructed upon.
Difficult questions with as many answers as there are people, and no small measure of those answers would be forthcoming without an eye to political correctness.
I don’t know the origins of the phrase “calling a spade a spade” though I am given to understand it’s origins date back hundreds of years and have nothing to do with racism- what I do know is that when I employ that term it is meant to define something that is obvious and has nothing to do with an ethnic perjorative.
I suspect though there will be those who would have it struck from the lexicon.
Maybe society should add phrases like red faced that are meant to imply being embarrassed, or caught red handed to the unacceptable word list as well.
How about bald faced as in a bald faced lie, lest it offend the bearded, non bearded, or those losing or have lost their hair?
Racism is ignorance, it’s really that simple – but ignorance permeates other things as well, you can’t have it both ways and expect to move forward in a positive way. You can’t demand respect when you fail to practice it yourself.
Ultimately it is the intent when using a word, even innocent words like mother or ass can be employed to offend.
In my opinion the use of some words should be viewed in the context they are employed and not related to the realm of extreme absurdity.
You cannot legislate thoughts or opinions out of existence, that being the case criminalization becomes the way of it – behavioral and societal mores don’t occur with the sweep of a pen, they are generational and require an honest effort and integrity by those within the generations and above all within the cultural demographics rather than manipulation or attempting to cash in.
There will probably be those who read this and convince themself racist connotations are to be found within, to those I say get a life – I am all too familiar with racism and have no need of their would be politically correct interpretation.