faces horrific discrimination and violence. There's a reason it will be seen as a big deal if Donald Trump in fact used the 'N-word,' while no one would have batted an eye if a white person used that same term just a couple of generations ago. Part of the evolution of language is retiring old, bad words, or severely limiting their usage.There is a time and a place—many times and many places, in fact—when it is good to highlight that certain utterances are likely to offend. Once, my parents were on a trip and met someone who casually used the term "Jewed down." And far too many people still use the term "gyp," not realizing it is a negative, stereotype-fueling reference to a group that
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be on the lookout for language overpolicing, as well, writes Jesse Singal in his latest piece at Reason.
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