Recently, a football player referred to a black player(Evra) as 'negrito'.
Luis Suarez is suspended for eight matches and fined £40,000 for levelling racist insults at Evra during a game. Liverpool have responded vehemently. Among other objections, they complain that Suarez was convicted on the word of Evra alone, and that nobody else heard the alleged remarks, made in a crowded goalmouth.
Liverpool say that Evra should have been punished for his own insults aimed at Suarez.
There can be some fine lines in this racism business.
We need to avoid the moral panic that turns everybody into headless chickens as soon as they hear the cry ‘r-a-a-a-a-cist’, and we need to think and act coolly.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/ar...#ixzz1hE97HbAqJust FYI, Luis Suarez is a Uruguayan footballer. His punishment was probably because of Evra's response to the word rather than the word he said. While he is fined a 'hefty' sum(but not hefty to footballers), people publicly spoke out against the rule and advocate the use of the term 'negrito' as buddies. Lets reconsider this, if Suarez is racist, aren't the people who support his actions racist as well. If Suarez were to get a fine from a private whisper in a game where there are no other witnesses, compared to someone who openly does so in the newspaper, which is worse. Imagine me whispering to a black man saying '******' or publishing on the newspaper saying 'black are ******s', which is worse?In Spain, Mexico and almost all of Latin-America, negro (note that ethnonyms, names of nationalities, etc. are generally not capitalized in Romance languages) means "black person" in colloquial situations, but it can be considered to be derogatory in other situations (as in English, "black" is often used to mean irregular or undesirable, as in "black market/mercado negro"). However, in Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay where there are few people of African origin and appearance, negro (negra for females) is commonly used to refer to partners, close friends or people in general independent of skin color. In Venezuela the word negro is similarly used, despite its large African descent population.
It is similar to the use of the word "*****" in urban communities in the United States. For example, one might say to a friend, "Negro ¿Como andas? (literally "Hey, black one, how are you doing?"). In this case, the diminutive negrito is used, as a term of endearment meaning "pal", "buddy" or "friend". Negrito has come to be used to refer to a person of any ethnicity or color, and also can have a sentimental or romantic connotation similar to "sweetheart," or "dear" in English (in the Philippines, negrito was used for a local dark-skinned short person, living in the Negros islands among other places).
The world's attitude towards the use of the N word has gone absolutely absurd and while we should have zero tolerance to racism, we should also develop zero tolerance to those who incite tensions over a potentially non-racist comment. Its funny how this most commonly affect blacks than other racial minorities.
The point is intent! If there is no intent to insult, it doesn't matter what word is said.