Take Two: Words We Cannot Say…Except When We Can

I originally posted this on 10 June 2010, just over a year ago. The issue of reclaiming derogatory terms for gender, racial, ethnic, or sexual identities is an ongoing struggle, and a controversial one at that.

Yes, he was missing a leg. Didn't keep him from a good fiesta, though!

For a blog post, I suppose it’s a bit long, but for the subject matter, I feel I barely covered the overview. This was also after my beloved Gomer Pyle passed away, but Zelda and Mrs. Parker were still in the future. So alas, no cat pictures to accompany the discussion! So here’s one of Gomer, just for good measure.

Hope you enjoy the post! I’d love to hear what you think of it.

On 23 July 2009, Henry Louis Gates was arrested on his own porch in Cambridge, MA for disorderly conduct. A neighbor thought he had been breaking in, the police were called, and then, though Dr.Gates’ identity and residence status had been confirmed, he was arrested. Judging from all reports and comments by people who would understand far better than me, the incident was an unfortunate case of wounded pride on both sides. I come to that conclusion, of course, having no personal knowledge of not only the events but the potential lingering racial issues that may or may not have led up to the arrest. Continue reading