Ok before reading what I'm about to post, I want you to understand that first I am a compassionate human being, and also in NO way mean to offend anyone! So please keep on open mind. Since WWDC 05, with Steve Jobs mention of wikipedia, I decided to take a look. Wow, I'm amazed at how great the majority of the content within is and how accurate it is. Surfing the internet for all my interests lately has been extremely boring - that happens with insomnia & way too much time on my hands. I came across a subtle thought today, considering the latest London terrorist attacks (my heart felt sorrows goes out to all family's affected, as I too worry of my family there). I decided that so much issues with the world begin with greed, power, and most saddening; the basics of ignorance no matter how small or big or what topic it regards. Because of how blind ignorance is and how it narrows ones' ability to allow - man I just forgot the perfect word here - compassion (?) for openning to differences, causes so much destruction. So I decided to search for one, just one derogatory word. One that has caused me so much pain & sorry in my childhood. A word that even amongst my more, shall I say vocally-accented peers, have caused them not even to see me as equal when the word was used to group us as less than human. A word that was used to class me, amongst others, as property, something almost inanimate, lack of rights, lack of equality, lack of identity, a word that coincided with branding my class with surnames to show everlasting ownership. An insult that even caused me to feel, no, wish I wasnt who everyone first sees of me from afar before meeting me & speaking with me. (this last icon is supposed to represent tears). I know that I'm not allowed to even post such a word, even though I am of this class & can prove it with photos or even my post in a thread long ago concerning this word. So I cannot. BUT you should be able to figure out what the insulting, degrading, hateful word is ... and if not I praise you for being so open and having the pleasure of living in an environment up till now that sheltered you from having knowledge of this word. Now if your of any other class/race of the human world, please do a search on wikipedia.com and see how accurate the meaning of derrogatory terms of your class/race is. Still read it openly before letting too much emotion get over your human ability to think. I do hope that I have all of your attention. In this day and age were all of us; regardless of societal class/race, color, or creed ..... we are all HUMAN BEINGS 1st and foremost. We all require oxygen, food, water to live. We all need emotional attention, attachments, gratification to interact & be emotionally intact. We all need education, and the challenge to progress our minds to truely thrive in this plane of existence. So why in this world of technological advance, with the internet as the source of communication, knowledge, and entertainment do we need an encyclopedia, a web-based one that contains derrogatory words that caused so much pain and seperation between humans for century's?!!! I cant say that I've met anyone in my childhood years - in a well rounded cultural environment & in every school that I've attended - that has come across a derrogatory word that they didnt know that they couldnt ask someone or their parents the meaning. And on top of that from either their parents - if they were open minded - or their peers - again open minded - not to use such derrogatory insults. I cant say I've come across an adult that couldnt do the same; asking their peers what an unknown to them, derrogatory insult word means and come to the conclusion also not to use it (unless they are incapable of being open minded & mature to correct wrongful thinking). When I look on wikipedia.com to try to edit, contact some form of administrator, or even request to vote a particular page deleted; its so arcane that its ridulous! I've gotta be some hacker or programmer just to do anything that I mentioned in this paragraph. *sighs* And to make this worse, the word is mostly historically linked with hiphop rappers using the word, and some book, I think by Edgar Allen Poe?, whom portrays a character of my class using it but not another character whom doesn't. Mostly to show how common place in todays culture its used amongs my class/race peers. Yet it fails to show the lengthy history of its usuage, how it was supposed to be wrongful to be used in this day and age. It doesnt even recognize it as being WRONG, just controversial!!! WTF?! This isnt 1940 or 1853!!! Sorry everyone for the long post. I just wanted to show my discontent at the advancement of the internet in this particular area, along with a slight rant. I'm so upset that I forgot to look for information of just the history of my class/race in wikipedia to see if that too is vague. Thank you everyone for being so open minded, patient and even reading this far. Many many thanks and peace be to you. PS. attached is myself with my two lovely, kids.