Sinky the Op has begin and commented heavily on threads concerning asylum seekers, has begun threads on chinese people and now black people, to name but a few of the contentious issues he chooses to post upon.
"It the unquestioned motivation for this thread, the promoting of "otherness" which i find so offensive , the oooh lets have a cosy chat amongst white folk, approach that is used." this was and is aimed solely at the OP
A quick google will tell you that the term you wish to justify is offensive, it offends black people and it offends me. Just because it doesnt offend all black people does not make it acceptable. just because you are black and you have experienced racism and you choose to use it, still does not make non offensive/
the fact that you have experienced racism, in my mind should make you more aware of how it hurts, and that you would not wish that on to others or to perpetuate it.
I refer you to my previous comment about the one time acceptable N word,
The old "black don't crack" crap is from exactly the same book as all black men have big knobs, and all black people have rhythm, the origins of which lie in slavery.
You can not attribute characteristics to whole groups of people, its the very definition of racism.
"the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races
have a look also at positive racism,
"Positive racism is like a chocolate covered maggot........Racism occurs when a person attributes another person’s actions or abilities to his or her race, right? It’s a simple definition, but a relatively comprehensive one. Positive racism, then, happens when a person attributes socially acceptable or desirable actions or abilities to race. Despite any good intentions, positive racism is never actually beneficial to the parties involved. It entails the propagation of racial stereotypes"
Would me finding pictures of white people who have aged very well or black people who have aged very badly show up this argument up for what it is? Its racism, disguised perhaps, poorly in my opinion but still out and out racism,
As has been said, unfortunately mountain biking is very much a white middle class pursuit, there are black members on here, i know because i have met them, but the vast majority are white.
as you said, you started it with morons, i think idiot is a fair retort.
and i have never said you are a racist, i have said you continue to attempt to justify an offensive term