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Azizi What is the etymology of 'Pattyroller'? (39) RE: What is the etymology of 'Pattyroller'? 01 Nov 11

I'll repeat whqt I have written before:

I believe that this forum would at least appear to be more inviting to Black people if the reason/s why this a number of posters on this site choose to fully spell out what is generally referred to as the n word.

At the very least, when this word is fully spelled out in the lyrics to a song, a moderator could publish a statement that this site is aware that many people consider "the n word" to be racially offensive. However, it is being used and fully spelled out on this sie for the historical and folkloric record.

As an African American I chose not to use that word, and I choose not to fully spell out that word in any writing I do. While this forum chooses otherwise, like any choice, there are consequences. And I believe that one of the consequences is the sense that this site is not culturally competent or welcoming of Black people and other People of Color.

Although I rarely post on Mudcat anymore, I still refer people to this site because of its information and examples of children's playground rhymes and other types of folk music. However, in doing so, I want to make my position clear that I have been and continue to be concerned about the lack of formal Mudcat moderator and/or owner comment about the use on this site of what is generally regarded as a derogatory referent for African Americans and other Black people.

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