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Post Reply Jap is just an abbreviation
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Posted 2/28/15
I think most people understand that the abbreviation "Jap" is used as an ethnic slur. Others think that there is no real reason why it should be offensive because it is just an abbreviation. Would you ever use that word? Why or why not?

Also, did you know that "Nip" is another slur used to describe Japanese people? Nope, it does not mean nipple. It means Nippon. Gosh.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip
Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
Well yeah but there's a certain offensiveness to it, dating back to Amercian WWII propaganda, probably even before.

I mean, a word is just a word, but gotta be mindful of what that word is and where it came from.
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I'd use it chats but not really in person. Idk if other's might take offense. It's like me being called "Chino" because I look East Asian and while some people may feel offended, I don't care at all.
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It's never been "just an abbreviation" though. As the poster mentioned, it has a deep and wounding history as an ethnic slur. I can't think of any reason a person might need or want to use it. As human beings we are given the ability to speak, but not the sense to use words kindly.
I think we need more words to express joy and acceptance than to hurt and divide the world further.
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
I sort of have a "tilt my head/raised eyebrow" response to it. It doesn't necessarily offend me, but it does have a history of being a negative connotation, so I wonder why people use it. Also, "anese" isn't so hard to type or say, is it?

In the end, I won't use the word, and I won't stop others from using it.



Posted 2/28/15
personally don't use it

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I don't use it, but I remember in Japanese class when everyone was first introduced, they wrote Jap as an abbreviation but the teacher soon reminded them that it was an insult.
Posted 2/28/15
dang japs get off my land
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
Yeah it was used as a racial slur, I just don't see why people who aren't using it on purpose as a slur would use it when JP or JPN is shorter or as short and doesn't have the possibility of being taken as anything other than an abbreviation. Seriously, jp is already the international country code for Japan on domain names and everything anyway.
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I don't use it since it is a racial slur. I find that people who use it are either ignorant of the negative connotation, or they are simply being rude, but regardless of the reason, I don't think people should use it.
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
i wouldn't use it out of consideration of the Japanese people who may find the word offensive.
edit: pretty much the same reason i don't use the n-word.
Posted 2/28/15
Depends on the context it is used. I've heard it used diminutively before.
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It's not the word, it's the context.
What makes a word offensive to a race is when it's used in a derogatory way towards a particular race.
This isn't really something that can be argued against.

But then even applying positive generalization is still a form of racism.
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Posted 2/28/15

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

It's not the word, it's the context.
What makes a word racist is when it's used in a derogatory way towards a particular race.
This isn't really something that can be argued against.


Oh god, where were you when we had that thread about the Washington Redskins? I ask this because, this (^) sir is perhaps the best statement I've seen.
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