I have tried to view this with an open mind but it still seems like a joke. A liberal writer took a poll on a widely popular Discord server to see if others would agree with him. He asked users if words like "howdy" and "y'all" should be banned as hate speech.
The writer claims these are the new 'hate words' being used by the 'alt-right' but his claim seems more targeted to southern Americans than any other group. Isn't that a touch of 'hate speech' in itself?
Neville Croft, a writer with NPC wrote, “[A] new hate word is increasingly being used by the alt-right. The word ‘y’all’ is the most recent addition to their ammunition of hate and has already sent many unsuspecting persyns [persons] of unidentified gender identities into horrific seizures and panic attacks.”
He added: “Y’all’ is a southern hate word that evokes all sorts of grueling, racist connotations. Just thinking about it makes me feel nauseous. Journalists, in particular, have faced an onslaught of harassment by bigots using this word. I’ve spoken to several journalists and a JIT (Journalist In Training) from the magnificent Journalist Excellence Worldwide discord server to hear their thoughts on the matter.”
Then he went on to share the following examples of how the word "y'all" effects other in a very strange feed from Discord:
“It reminded me of the South’s slavery loving ways and gave me a severe panic attack over the suffering of black persyns.”
- Anonymous Journalist (Bab/Ble)
“It reminded of the time a bigoted male tried to rape me by saying ‘do y’all want some sex?’ I never recovered.”
- Anonymous Journalist In Training (She/Her)
“I hear it almost everyday and everytime I hear it, I start to involuntarily convulse and need to spend at least 20 minutes in a safe space.”
- Anonymous Journalist (Sme/Smir)
“I was in a voice chat with some friends and a newcomer joined and greeted us with ‘hey y’ll’. I was so disgusted and tried to teach them about the dangers of that word and its hidden meaning but they refused to learn. They actually referred to me as a ‘womxn’ when I clearly identify as a mxle.”
- Associate of Journalism (Potential bad actor)
“Hello, my worst experience of the last year has been brought back to me again and again by the lack of understanding around the word “y’all”. Last June, I had just got out of the office for lunch, everything was going as usual, until me and my PoC colleagues were leaving the building. A wh*te mxle came up to us, and said “y’all know where I can get some curry”. I froze. Mouth wide open and heart in my throat. I could see the affect it had on the people around me, I felt awful and still do. Please do not use this hateful word.”
- Anonymous Journalist (Ze/Hir)
I have to say, I feel like I have heard it all now. If a simple southern contractionary word meaning 'you all' can be considered 'hate speech' we are all in trouble. That could just be me. What do you think? Is it 'hate speech'? Let me know in the comments below.