Racism exists, and racists use racial slurs. When this happens, the insult is usually intentional, and the meaning is unambiguous. They use these terms either to establish dominance over another person/group, or to mobilize and motivate other racists. For the most part, we all know and recognize language that is used to do that. Its whole raison d’etre is to communicate racism. It’s not all that subtle, because subtlety doesn’t have the intended effect.

Now we are creating a very different kind of “racial slur,” if it can be called that. Racial animus is assigned to words or phrases even…

Milton Mueller

Professor, Researcher on information and communnication technology policy, cybersecurity, Internet governance

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