WHO CAN USE THE “N” WORD?

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According to the African American Registry “the word ‘nigger’ is often traced to the Latin word niger, meaning Black. This word became the noun, Negro (Black person) in English, and simply the color Black in Spanish and Portuguese. In early modern French, niger became negre and, later, negress (Black woman) was unmistakably a part of language history. One can compare negre to the derogatory nigger and earlier English substitutes such as negar, neegar, neger, and niggor that developed into its lexico-semantic true version in English. It is probable that nigger is a phonetic spelling of the White Southern mispronunciation of Negro.”

Today, the term “nigger” has come to mean a derogatory term for a Black person, given to them by white people. It is also considered negative by some Black people. Rappers and other popular African Americans use the name liberally whenever they feel like it. Some of them say the term is one of “endearment” when used by one Black person toward another one. This does not hold water, however, since Black people also use this term when cursing each other out.

Some performers, especially gangsta’ rappers, use the word freely. Consider the following lyrics from an album by Murder Mike and Du-Rag: INTRO: Yeah, mother-bucker; Sup, nigga; Gangsta Rap, nigga Nigga. The song ends this way: ‘Cause I’m a nigga! I’m a mother*uckin nigga, man, I ain’t all that African-American sh!t; F*ck that I’m a nigga, I ain’t mixed, I’m a nigga; N…-I-G-G-A; Nigga, you already know. In an online article by Ben Westhoff entitled “The N-Word Still Alive and Well in Hip-Hop,” it reports that rapper Nas named his album Nigger. Nas says that “(we’re) taking power away from the word by using it.”

White people, on the other hand, get in hot water when using the word. In another online article by Luchina Fisher entitled “5 White Celebrities Whose Use of N-Word Backfired,” Madonna used the word as a term of endearment toward her son who is white and ended up having to apologize. Gwyneth Paltrow also found herself in the midst of criticism in the summer of 2012 after tweeting “Ni**as in Paris for real,” when referring to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Paris performance of their very popular song, “Ni**as in Paris.” The actress countered her critics, tweeting, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”

Other white celebs who have come under fire for using the “N” word include Charlie Sheen, who used it in a derogatory manner against his ex-wife; Paris Hilton in a video circulated online showing her and her sister Nicky dancing to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize,” wherein she exclaims to the camera, “We’re like two n****rs.” Tim Allen, “Home Improvement” star generated controversy after he openly talked about why he should be able to use the n-word. “I’ve had this argument on stage a million times,” Allen told the Tampa Bay Times. “I do a movie with Martin Lawrence and pretty soon they’re referring to me, ‘hey my n****r what’s up.’ So I’m the n****r’ if I’m around you guys but 7 feet away, if I said n****r, it’s not right. It’s very confusing to the European mind how that works….” “If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can ‘n****r’ be bad coming out of my mouth?” asked Allen.

Basically, if looked at logically, it makes NO SENSE for some people to be able to use the word freely, while others are not. According to the aforementioned article, Ice-T once said: “If you are it, you can use it.” NOT. It does not matter if it is used by Black, white, purple, blue, yellow or red people, a negative word is a negative word. Period. This is especially true when Blacks who say they are using it as a term of endearment turn around and use it in a derogatory manner on each other. Some whites have even come under fire for repeating the lyrics to a song written by a Black person that has the word in it. This is ridiculous and smacks of pure hypocrisy!

We have to make up our minds; either nigger is an abhorrent term that should not be used at all, or we should relax and ignore centuries of derogatory use and let it morph into an acceptable term that can be used by EVERYONE. It’s either or, not both/and. Logic would dictate, however, that it will not be totally possible to extricate it from its negative connotation. Because of this, perhaps no one should use it. A Luta Continua.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. According to U.S. identification where I was born, I am an African American or black man. From a young boy, I hated hearing black people call other black people Nigga. REGARDLESS of what black rappers or movie stars say, the word nigga is not used as a term of endearment, it is not being evolved into or taken back by black people who use it freely towards one another as a positive word. It is pure and simple lucrative hypocrisy. So, please do not believe their hype. Do something about it because it is a poison that is negatively affection our world. The widespread ignorance of many black people who call other black people nigga with a smile on their face or whether it is a group of black men and women beating down another black person while saying “kill that nigga, yo” is a wide spread sickness that it taking over this world. It is affecting your child and the future of our children with their sickness, their depravity, and with their ignorant hypocrisy. Everyone who is in a position to act against this cancer that is growing must do something against this wave of social sickness. Demand 3JJJ (107.5) to cease playing gangasta rap music that preaches hate and violence and disdain by the black “artist” who is spewing out nigga like a fountain. Do you want your child to drink from that deeply sick and poisoned fountain? It will negatively affect your child’s life to treat and think of anyone with disdain, hate, and contempt. Do something against this tidal wave of sickness now before it gains more power. I am doing a lot but I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. I NEED YOUR H-E-L-P to fight this social plague. I am working on sending a strong, powerful, and clear message to every radio station and every social media platform to at least “bleep” out the N-Word in all music that is aired over the public radio or don’t play those “artists” poison at all. I have two Websites ALM2020 and The Brother Down Under. Please do your part to resist this N-Word social cancer that is having a tremendous negative impact on our world and in our communities. Thank you.

  2. I am confused. A culture that hates the word said. But says it openly. I’ve seen on Twitter on August 25, 2020, arm civilians with long guns. A pure white male who is with the BLM says it was over and over. “Do you want to shot me Nigger” and Repeats, and he is talking to a white guy. Other blacks are there. I’m 25% black. I put on twitter that I’m 25% black, and I can say, “ that’s one dumb Nigger”. And then I said. “And some stupid crackers, honky. I’ve been call nigger by a black guy I didn’t know walking out of a building in my uniform. I’m sorry if I’m going to be suspended six days from twitter that if I wrote down the exact quotes of their music. It’s crazy. Suppose they feel horrible about it. They should use it in music or movies. But I know they fight. So put a fine on the word according to your income if you make millions and are making rap music. $100,000 each time. And figure it out for the rest. That is one of the dumbest things I’ve never heard, No other culture has ever had used slurs toward each other. Looking almost all white. I know what white PPl think. Black ppl are truly being a hypocrite. And just a few days ago Luca took an apology being call a “white ass, boy!” He didn’t make a huge deal out of it. But that’s f it was turn around Rev Al Sharpton would want the whole NBA close. Buildings burnt. The black community play it so down. Yes, I get the pic. It’s only bad when done to you. We all feel that way in life. If I steal from you it’s okay. But you steal from me. I’m upset. My opinion if used it’s a fine. But it had to go both ways. Can’t call white ppl slurs. If ppl want equality. It can’t go just one way.

    • I can just tell you are dumb do you even know your history on the word no so shut up calling white people white is not racist I’m just calling you as I see you but if a white personality says the n word to a black person it is just wrong and if you did not understand that I hope you understand that now so thank you and plz think about what you say before you post something

  3. tbh this “rule” that white people cant say nigga is fair because during slavery times they used it negativly so the fact that they cant use and we can is fair and also we use it as negative and positive so the word is both negative and positive so white people do not deserve to use the word at all period ( i am also a black person so dont worry)

    • I agree with you. I’m Mexican btw but lately this whole racism is very complicated for me because there are black people making fun of white people for not being able to say the N word and other stuff outta nowhere like “imagine being white” and shit. Idc if I’m not allowed to say N word or not it’s literally just a word anyway but like don’t anger people abt it. (Not saying you do)

      • hispanic’s get the pass, not rlly but when u see an hispanic tatted person saying the n-word, you just dont question it. its very confusing for me, because both my parents are colombian, but my dad has a coffee brown skin color, and my mom has a white skin color, and im around a… peanut brown skin color. although i have colored skin i am not african american, does the n word have to do with skin color or culture, because u see white kids like lil mosey saying it, but he has a pass becuase he comes from a black culture, his skin is just white. im the opposite of this.

  4. Im Asian, and I will the N word as much as I like. Black people love the exclusivity of that word to themselves even if its tabboo. Remove that shit from rap music. Nigger

    • Well, Mr. Lil Nigger, you go right ahead and use the “N” word as much as you like. However, If your fond of having a complete set of teeth and a somewhat nice smile, I suggest you drop that BULLSHIT right now or find a good dental plan, MY NIGGA. Until you feel at least .0000000001% of what the HELL people of color have gone through and still do in this GOT DAMN World, ya need to stop your mindless justification and find another fuckin word to identify with. Maybe try “Pikachu” or some shit. “Double fuck you”

  5. I don’t see why anyone would even wanna use that term. I’m half Italian, half Spanish with an ethnic last name which somehow got construed into me being called every deplorable name used to describe Hispanics and Latinos in a 99% white area of Anthracite coal region Pennsylvania. A mix between redneck and hillbillies white guys lol. Even “friends” would occasionally attempt to call me a name. Until a point where I proved that anyone who uttered a derogatory term around me would get a beaten or at least be in for a very rough fight. Years later I realize that wasn’t the way to deal with it and I now come to find out I’m not even Hispanic (used to describe Spanish language speaking citizens of other countries than Spain and Latino for Spanish speaking Latin American countries).

    All in all I liken my expierience to what anyone would go thru being called derogatory name and can’t see any good in anyone using it. As a way of taking power away from it, yeah it works, but try explaining that to a child who ask you what that word means. I’m sure Ice Tee would agree if u hit him with that one. As the human race matures on this planet, things like this need to stop and be put in the past. Maybe people need to face this type of shit to see the mentality it builds on the opposite side. To understand it or hopefully they can just take a person’s word for it who has faced something similar in the past and know that it’s just not right in anyway. As I sit and think how to finish this up I can only think one thing….why would anyone want to even use that term, unless they r trying to trigger anger out of another human being. If thats so, we’ve got much bigger troubles to workout before we can debate on words.

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