My latest op-ed appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday. In it, I reject the notion that somehow embracing a word that has been used as a slur somehow takes the sting out of it. Not only have I seen little evidence of it, but what I have seen is that doing so gives license to those who would use the terms with their original intent intact publicly.
I’ve read all the arguments in favor of the president’s re-election campaign adopting the O-word. They all fall short.
I cannot think of a single word that has successfully made the transition from negative to positive.