Is a slur a slur if anyone says it? Or if a CELEBRITY does it? Prince Harry is in bare Potter as Barbadians say!
a Desert Nazi and sparked a global firestorm of condemnation…just can’t stay away from the news, can he? Not so long ago, he was for the Cricket World Cup, he also went to a costumed affair dressed as
The authors divided 120 non-black participants into the roles of “experiencers” and “forecasters.” The “experiencers” were placed in a room with a white person and a black person, who played out pre-arranged scenarios for the experiment. The scenarios began when the black role-player bumped the white role-player’s knee when leaving the room.
In the first scenario, the white person did not comment afterwards. In the “moderate” case, the white person said, “Typical, I hate it when black people do that,” after the black person left the room. In the “extreme” case, the white person remarked, “Clumsy n****r.”
The “forecasters,” meanwhile, predicted how they would feel in these situations.
The magnitude of the results surprised even the authors, Kawakami said. Experiencers reported little distress in all three scenarios, much less than the forecasters did in the moderate and severe situations.
“Even using that most extreme comment didn’t lead people to be particularly upset,” said co-author Elizabeth Dunn, assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Immediately afterwards, the participants were asked to choose either the black person or the white person as a partner for an anagram test. More than half of experiencers chose the white partner – regardless of the severity of the comment that person made earlier. As for the forecasters, less than half chose the white partner when a comment was made, but most chose the white person when no comment was made.
So in essence, ifwas on Baxter’s Road and asked his fellow soldier a question using that form of address, I really doubt any Bajan would make a Federal case of it, and while that’s sad – it’s not unexpected… None of it – except the Costume bit – is right, but perhaps folk are just exaggerating the severity of the deed, not for the action but WHO is saying or doing the so-called unacceptable acts.
Was this why “Slumdog Millionaire“, set in India, earned so many Golden Globes? As a sympathy vote for Harry’s Asiatic slur, while Heath Ledger earned his posthumously for his work in – when it was possibly a subconscious sop for teasing Ledger over “Brokeback Mountain“?