I am not referring to reclamation of slurs. This meme would be used in response to a white person wanting to say the n-word, not a black person doing the same.
I do not mean to say it is illegal or impossible for someone to use a slur. I think we can all agree that you could say a slur. Instead, the meme discusses the social consequences of knowingly using an offensive word. I am alluding to the phenomenon in which someone uses a slur to either provoke a “triggered” response, or the use of a slur to demonstrate certain power or freedom.
The Meme Template – Hard to Swallow Pills:
If someone is unaware, “hard to swallow pills” refers to commentary which is not often considered because of its controversy.
In this case, the meme is politically charged. Typically speaking, the right argues that saying slurs is simply an expression of free speech. The typical consensus on the left, however, is that negative backlash toward the use of slurs is not censorship, but instead a reaction against words that provoke violence and the degradation of others.
In other words, wanting to use insensitive rhetoric to express freedom of speech (if that is truly the intention) does not fulfill this intention but instead often just associates one with bigotted people.
No one is arguing one cannot physically or legally say a slur. Instead, one should ask themselves why saying the slur is that important, especially when there are other means of expressing freedom of speech and saying a slur will more than likely associate one with those who use a given slur to degrade others.