‘You should not be afraid of people who don’t understand’: I was told that if you say ‘fuck’ in public, you are a ‘nigger’

A group of people was reportedly told that using the words ‘fuck’, ‘n****r’ and ‘n*****g’ in conversation is “a racist act”. 

The “F***” and “N*****g” words are not only used by some of India’s largest newspapers and broadcasters, but also by some Indians themselves.

“The only reason why you can say these words is because you are an Indian,” one of them told a group of Indian journalists, according to the Times of Indian.

“It is not that we don’t know these words, but we don´t want to hear them.”

One of the journalists who was told these words were racist was Anand Kumar, who was recently sacked from a leading news channel in Uttar Pradesh. 

“They asked me, ‘How dare you say these things?’

I said, ‘It is a racist act’.

They then said, you should be afraid,” Kumar said, according the Times. 

Kumar said he felt “disgusted” by the “unnecessary” language used by the people.

“I don´tt believe they are going to make us think of the n*****s,” Kumar told the Times, adding that the people were “f***ing” and telling him that he is a “n*****r”.

A Facebook page dedicated to Kumar’s story, titled “F**k you”, has received over 4,500 likes, with over 2,000 of those having been supportive.

Indian newspapers have been reporting on this incident since early November, but Kumar said that he was not the only Indian journalist to be subjected to this kind of treatment. 

A Facebook post by journalist Manish Kumar, entitled “No need to say F*** you.

I am not racist, but this is a fact,” has garnered over 11,000 likes.

“This is why we need to speak up against this kind the racism in the society,” Kumar wrote.

“You should be scared of people that do not understand.” 

In an earlier interview with the Times Of India, Kumar said he did not want to speak to the media because “I feel embarrassed about my identity”.

“I feel ashamed for my identity,” Kumar added. 

The Times Of Indian reported that Kumar was asked if he would be willing to be interviewed by the TV channels if he did get fired. 

According to Kumar, he was also asked by the person who asked him to talk to the TV channel if he could say something similar.

“The person who spoke to me said, I can talk to him for free. 

He said that this was a private conversation, but that Kumar should speak to him again if he was interested in the interview,” Kumar’s Facebook post read.

“So I told the person I spoke to, I will not say anything.

I will speak to you for free, and then if he wants to talk, he can.” 

“I want to say to the people who think that I am a racist because I am Indian, that I know what I am talking about, and I am doing it for the truth.

I have no problem with people speaking in the same language as me.”

Kumar is now a member of the Indian parliament in the state of Maharashtra, which borders Uttar Pradesh where his wife is from.