peter811 - 12/31/2005 2:00 AM
Ok, I was in a customers 1970 impala, when I saw a colored family come up to the car and the little kid said "main I give you 5 G's for that car" then I realized to myself, if that kid is the future of our country then we are in some seriously deep Sh*t. I just turned 20 and I atleast try to act like I have some sort of education.
I'm not trying to be racist at all, but I don't have any respect for people that talk in a ghetto slang or whatever it is called. If someone has a name for it please tell me. I have had friends that grew up in the ghetto and they don't use slang, instead they speak propper english.
Well I just wanted to know whatevery one thought about my little encounter.
I can't really comment on the encounter, since there seem to be many facts and circumstances missing. That said (and don't take this too personally, Peter, I'm trying to be constructive and this is the OT forum, after all), referring to African-Americans through the pejorative "colored people" is in fact pretty darn racist. While not quite as derogatory as the "N" word, it's usage has nevertheless been inappropriate for longer than you've been alive.
Also, using poor grammar and bad spelling to criticize someone else's language is like the pot calling the kettle black (yes, pun intended). I'm also not convinced that saying "Man, I give you 5 Gs for that car" is really ghetto slang. Really, the only thing missing is the "I'd" instead of "I"; it sounds to me like it could easily be a genuine expression of the speaker's opinion in appreciation of the particular car, since the typical 1970 Impala wouldn't hold anywhere near that value. It's also entirely possible, depending upon the youngster's age, that s/he lives in a household where what you consider "proper" English isn't regularly (if ever) spoken. How is that his/her fault? How is it helpful to toss the "ghetto" label on her/him? Are you serious that if the youngster had instead said, "Excuse me, sir, and I'm quite sorry for the interruption, but may I tell you that you certainly have a very nice vehicle? In fact, it's such a fine example that if I had five thousand dollars on me, I'd offer you even that amount to acquire your fine automobile."
that you would respect him/her? Just based on language
In any event, I wish you -- and that family -- a happy new year. We are all people, equally endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. During the years to come, can I perhaps implore you to open up a bit and find a little more compassion for those less fortunate than yourself?