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Note that I think saying stuff like that is awful but...

it is not the same. Social minorities do not have the institutional power to change their prejudices into action, basically. They are not the ones in power. Their prejudices will not become societal values because they have them or perpetuate them. That's different with social majorities, who DO have the institutional power to turn their prejudices into oppression.
Insulting white people will not carry the same weight as insulting black people. Same with insulting men vs. women, straight people vs. non-straight people, etc.

It's still wrong. It's still unpleasant. It's still a form of discrimination. But it is not the same.

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Post is a pretty good article on this, and I'm sure you can find better ones. "Language shapes meaning" is a good keyphrase to use for research on this topic. And yes, it absolutely amazing the power words can have. Simply choosing a different word, even if they are synonymous, can give people a whole different impression of the same thing. :)

If you're looking for something a bit more casual, Cracked did a surprisingly good article on this too:

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Depends how you define 'soul' really.

I believe I have a personality unique to me, that I was born with the seeds of and have fleshed out over time. I believe I have a conscience that guides me towards more socially acceptable behaviour.

However, I believe my personality is due to a mixture of my genetics and life experiences, and that my conscience has been formed by a fear of punishment and non-acceptance by society. I do not think any of this needs attribution to a 'higher power', and I don't think any part of my consciousness will survive death.

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Yeah right you really are not the mightiest maybe you have a little influence but not mighty considering you can't even take care of your own country... And great people don't come from america they live there and were born and raised elsewhere

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a "little" influence?
a) We started the UN, and it is run in America
b) We basically run the film industry
c) We have the strongest fighting force in the world

I'm not saying America's the brightest, or the strongest, or the toughest, but it certainly is the most powerful country for those three reasons. I hate when people "hate" on America. We **** take care of our country plenty. Our problems come when we begin trying to take care of other peoples countries. And many "great" people have come from America, probably a larger amount than come from most countries. So if you wan't to take a hit at America for being fat or whatever, fine, but don't belittle us, because we are the most powerful nation whether you like it or not.

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Are we really having this conversation? I have spoken to a mod about this already and she says its fine, because i do not type lyk diss and I am able to handle the content on here.

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You said "y'all." That's below immature and stupid - that's Texan.

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And to make jokes about how dumb Americans are to make up for their own incompetence is European.

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...what about a really fat girl?

inb4 "we're all beautiful" stfu no we aren't

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We have accents?

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No, only terrorists have accents.

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(Эдуард Хи...): i guess we all have our prefrence

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Well, maybe I will ask mine for sexual favors... but he doesn't have to if he doesn't want to.

But he'll want to.

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I think it's stupid that people complain about me using it. Especially when they're like "Oh stop using the lords name in vain deblehdeblabla-" Listen **, I said MY God. Not your God, not your friends God, MY GOD. Not everyone believes in Jesus you **. Oh my God.

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Duh, bald eagles are way more awesome than babies. Do babies have a wingspan of 8 feet? I don't think so.

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And his sister Willow, well, that's a fascinating story, all about how, her bangs got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, to tell how Willow whipped her hair. In Hollywood, born and raised, in a mansion where she spend most of her days. Chilling, maxing, relaxing all cool, and yelling at servants outside of the pool. When a couple of bangs, as nasty as Legion, started making up trouble in her facial region. She made one little flip, and yelled out to the north "I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH!"

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