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Old 02-19-2013, 01:08 AM
 
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Just go to google maps and type in the n-word (the actual word) and almost every single location that pops up is in Australia.

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There's a: "n-word" Creek

"n-word" Head

"n-word" head reef

"n-words" Bouce

"n-word" Hill

Is it not understood that this name is very offensive and why would those locations even have those names in the first place? Is there a way we can get them to change those names?
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:32 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I had no idea about these places. You must have a lot of time on your hands.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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Is it not understood that this name is very offensive and why would those locations even have those names in the first place? Is there a way we can get them to change those names?
Because this isn't America. That word doesn't have the same historical context.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:21 AM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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There's even a brand of cheese in Australia called coon cheese, we probably should change those place names but as BCC_1 said this isn't America their history has no context here.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Sin City
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There's even a brand of cheese in Australia called coon cheese, we probably should change those place names but as BCC_1 said this isn't America their history has no context here.
So in what context do Australians use that word? I've always been under the impression that word was an American creation that's been exported around the world.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:58 AM
 
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So in what context do Australians use that word? I've always been under the impression that word was an American creation that's been exported around the world.
The n word is English not American. It's use as a pejorative originates in the United States. Until the 20th century it did not carry any negative connotation anymore than black does today.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:06 AM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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So in what context do Australians use that word? I've always been under the impression that word was an American creation that's been exported around the world.
It means the same thing as everywhere else that's why I said we should change those place names, I don't know when or why they were named that but it was probably a long time ago so it's probably a good idea to change them but it's not a high priority as most people have never heard of those places I know I haven't.

The context is different in that the word has historically been used to describe Aboriginals, not Africans so there isn't the history of slavery and the kkk behind it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:26 AM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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I think this is a case of someone looking for something to get offended at.

Why would you google the n word in google maps?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Just go to google maps and type in the n-word (the actual word) and almost every single location that pops up is in Australia.

Google Maps

There's a: "n-word" Creek

"n-word" Head

"n-word" head reef

"n-words" Bouce

"n-word" Hill

Is it not understood that this name is very offensive and why would those locations even have those names in the first place? Is there a way we can get them to change those names?
To get rid of the names you apply to the department of natural resources In the states they are located.

Like everyone else I've never heard of these places, and think the names should be changed.

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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There are also lots of places in America with that name or some variant. One of them got our Texas governor, Rick Perry, in trouble when he ran for president because his family owned land with a ranch/hunting camp bearing that name.
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