On April 22, 1972, the present writer completed a literary work that he wrote and titled Why Not? The purpose of writing the work was to encourage high school students to stop using racial slurs and profanity. The thinking was if calling people names is learned behavior then it can be unlearned. However, 44 years after writing the literary work the need to encourage people not to call each other names and use profanity against each other is greater than ever.
Small business owners will not employ customer servants who use racial slurs or profanity against customers. Safeway recently fired an employee for using profanity in front of customers. High school students can make themselves unemployable by getting into the habit of using profanity all the time. Thus, the attempt to teach students to avoid profane language and racial slurs guaranteed that they would not be fired for using abusive language later in life.
Driving down a street and having an ill-mannered person to yell a racial slur or profanity from a car window is nothing new. America is a land of free speech and citizens are allowed to express themselves in public freely. The use of profanity and racial slurs is not a matter of law in public; however, using the same language in a small business or in high school is another matter.
A good example of how good literary works can help students to change their behavior is April 12, 2012, Luke C. Moore High School student performances of Why Not? After a careful study of the work, learning the words, and performing before classmates, students reflected on how profanity and racial slurs hurt the image of the person using the abusive language as much as it was intended to hurt the person who was to be the victim of the racial slur and abusive language. The students gave excellent performances of the work.
Cursing and abusing people with profane language is always a step away from physical violence. Many road rage incidents began with verbal abuse that escalated into physical violence. Never use profanity or racial slurs was the main theme of Why Not? The people who saw the work performed live at Allen University on April 22, 1987, or saw the filmed version which was produced and directed at Northeastern Oklahoma State University in August, September, October, November, and December of 1982 have all come away with a better understanding of why yelling racial slurs and profanity debases the person who uses the language as much as it is intended to hurt the person being yelled at and abused.
Although it is clear that sales associates and employees at corporate businesses are forbidden from using racial slurs and profanity when serving customers, it was the central purpose of writing Why Not? in 1972. The writer wanted to teach Americans that all Americans should treat each other with kindness and respect one another. It was an attempt to make a great nation even greater. It is better not to use profanity and racial slurs. The English language has one of the largest vocabularies in the world for self-expression. When children hear racial slurs and profanity all the time it desensitizes the children. It also prevents them from realizing that they are learning to use language that will become a part of their vocabulary which will lead to problems when they become employees at Safeway, or other businesses that will fire employees for using racial slurs or profanity in front of customers. Good customer service never disrespects the customer.