It would seem that some people are profoundly confused when it comes to racism, the meaning of words and how communication occurs.
On the one hand, some people decry what they call political correctness, employing a twisted defence of intent whereby those subjected to their abusive language cannot complain unless, in his or her heart of hearts, the speaker meant to do harm.
On the other hand is a doctrine that racism can only flow in one direction.
Both views are wrong and both do harm in their own unique ways.
Recently, examples of each have been in the news.
Musician Ian Campeau filed a human rights complaint this week against a Nepean football club’s name, a name also used by a professional team in Washington.