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#1
http://www.news.com.au/national/judge-rules-n-word-not-offensive/story-e6frfkvr-1225903563377

A QUEENSLAND judge has found the terms "******" and "sand******" are not offensive to a reasonable person. Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll made the ruling yesterday when he dismissed a case against a Gold Coast retiree charged with sending an offensive facsimile to a local politician, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.


What? What?

How...Lost for words.
#5
Nonsurprisingly, the judge is white...
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#7
Right...

What the hell Australia?
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#8
I wonder if Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll is a nigger?
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#9
I can understand that just the term "ni**er" can't be 'proven' to be offensive, since certain people from african-american descent seem to be using it all the time. "sandni**er" is a different thing though.

related:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui6-Wc0PDc4
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#12
Big question is, how does he know all the muslim women so far had circumcised genitals...
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#13
Eh.

I use it playfully towards friends, but I don't think it'd be cool to see an unfamiliar black fella and be like, "Mornin' nigger!"

But that's just me.


The case comes after a judge in the Queensland city of Townsville ruled last Thursday that it was acceptable for people to tell police officers to "f*** off".


Officer: You! Stop right there!

Citizen: Fuck off.

Officer: That's it... I'm calling the Powerpuff Girls!
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#14
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Well, it kind of is since he's a judge presiding on a case in which that must be decided.

Yeah but he can't make the decision of what offends other people. That's ridiculous.
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#15
^ Actually, he has to.

"The words used were crude, unattractive and direct but were not offensive to a reasonable person," he said.

But he made it clear the court in no way condoned Mr Mulheron's comments.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the use of the term "******" is highly offensive and has no place in modern Australia.

There. See? We can't protect everyone from offense. Lots of fools here are offended that there isn't a cross in my bedroom but they can **** rightly off.
#16
Eh, its Queensland, they're all a bunch of racists. Just look at the One Nation party shit that was going on a while ago.


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#18
i've actually never heared of the term "sand******" before
first thing i thought though was
#19
as long as black people use nigga all the time, i don't see why it should be any more offensive than cracker, wetback or any other racial slur. They're friggin WORDS, people. We all know them, we've all heard them, nothing to get excited about.
#20
I think he's right. If you call yourselves ******s, it isn't offensive.
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#21
^ Not all blacks call themselves niggers.
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My computer is too shit to play the video, but I'll guess it's one black guy saying he's not offended by it? If it is, he doesn't speak for everybody who's ever had the word used against them.

And does nobody else find people saying "/thread" really, really, really annoying?

EDIT: It depends on context though I guess.
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#23
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as long as black people use nigga all the time, i don't see why it should be any more offensive than cracker, wetback or any other racial slur. They're friggin WORDS, people. We all know them, we've all heard them, nothing to get excited about.

Some fancy thinking there, fucking nazi.


I obviously don't think you are but perhaps you can see why people would be offended by words even if you aren't. Words are only words until intended in a derogatory manner. It's a matter of intent.
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#24
An interview with Rody and Arif from Protest the Hero, on the subject of Rody calling Arif a "sandn*gger"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ2tWdyiCdk

There's a lot of interesting arguments in there.

But yeah, I really don't see how a rich white man can decide on something so distant to anything that might directly insult him.
#25
[quote="'-[NiL"]-']Eh.

I use it playfully towards friends, but I don't think it'd be cool to see an unfamiliar black fella and be like, "Mornin' nigger!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtqqMchhUkw
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^ Not all blacks call themselves niggers.

My computer is too shit to play the video, but I'll guess it's one black guy saying he's not offended by it? If it is, he doesn't speak for everybody who's ever had the word used against them.

And does nobody else find people saying "/thread" really, really, really annoying?

EDIT: It depends on context though I guess.



Nah, the nigga in that video is right about everything he says. you can't argue.
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nigga is not the same as nigger

No more different than playa and player IMO.

edit: I will never use the word nigga. My accent just doesn't call for it, it's awkward.
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#28
I don't use it in my vocabulary either, because I hate to use offensive terms such as this one.

Also, does this judge have some kind of power to make that law?
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as long as black people use nigga all the time, i don't see why it should be any more offensive than cracker, wetback or any other racial slur. They're friggin WORDS, people. We all know them, we've all heard them, nothing to get excited about.

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#31
Somebody needs to send this to the judge:
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#32
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Some fancy thinking there, fucking nazi.


I obviously don't think you are but perhaps you can see why people would be offended by words even if you aren't. Words are only words until intended in a derogatory manner. It's a matter of intent.

This is what I couldn't be bothered thinking about enough to type. I concur.
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#33
I think people are reading too much into it, the point is simply that it is not enough to warrant criminal sanctions. It also points out that telling police officers to "**** off" isn't enough to warrant criminal sanctions either. He should've worded stuff more carefully though.
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#34
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Somebody needs to send this to the judge:

or
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#37
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Some fancy thinking there, fucking nazi.


I obviously don't think you are but perhaps you can see why people would be offended by words even if you aren't. Words are only words until intended in a derogatory manner. It's a matter of intent.

it works that way with any kind of insult If I called you an asshole, depending on my tone of voice and the situation, you'd be offended in various degrees, too.
#38
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I don't use it in my vocabulary either, because I hate to use offensive terms such as this one.

Also, does this judge have some kind of power to make that law?

You guys need to hush if you think judges make laws.
#40
[quote="'-[NiL"]-']No more different than playa and player IMO.
it depends on how it's being used of course. if someone walks up to me an says, in a ridiculously stereotyped middle class white voice, "what is up, my nigger?" I'd probably crack a smile.

to me, there's a clear distinction between the two words. nigger just sounds too damn weird, and I don't really like being called that. nigga is fine. it's part of the reclamation.
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