That pretty much sums up why I've never understood the whole ideal of "reclaimation" of such words by their own groups. That in itself creates and re-enforces separation along the same lines the original word and its usage intended. It seems counter-productive, and in the case of some words inherently unintentionally racist, and ironically so. I would personally be happy if we move past it and do away with those dated words, they belong in the past. It's also interesting how words change over time. A lot of people no longer think of the word "faggot" as having "gay" as part of its meaning, and is generally just used in place of "asshole". I think the same could be said of a lot of words, it's just an "insert offensive word here without caring about its meaning" moment. I recall a recent south park episode where they use the word "fag" to describe harley riders making a lot of noise and generally acting like assholes. The conclusion of which was that not all fags are gay, and not all gays are fags. I realise south park isn't the expert on semantics, but it does seem to have a point. It's interesting how many countries are considered or at the least more easily accepted, as European based on descent or history. In football(soccer) we have a lot of asian teams in the European federation, such as Israel, for these very reasons. Agreed. I'd agree with that policy, and stand by free speech, no matter how much I hate some of the things people say. On the other hand I do fear the ignorant masses may rise again to do something idiotic. That's without mentioning that often sensible people are influenced by their changing environment to change their minds; For example there has always been the attitude of "foreign workers stealing our jobs", but in a recession this is 10 times worse. Could denial of free speech in certain areas protect ourselves? Has our education reached a point where we can rely on our own intellect? Or most important of all aren't we still slaves to reactionary and irrational thoughts and emotions?