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Post Reply My Nigga! Thoughts on the use of the word.
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Posted 3/15/15

jeffcoatstephen wrote:

Nigga, nigger = words only the uneducated use.


Sadly, I know too many educated people who use it all the time.
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MissMagicNoodles wrote:

It's really only offensive if people try to make it be.


This is how I wish ALL slang would be taken by all Persons; Peoples of ALL different Race, Creed, and Gender.
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What people don't know is that these so called niggers all went extinct when slavery was abolished now we have African Americans.
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A collection of letters is a word. We associate certain sequences of these collections of letters with a meaning. Meaning is not universal and can change depending on the person. ****** is a word. Therefore the definition of ****** is not universal.

I also find it very annoying that people think we need certain permissions to say certain words. In this instance if you're not black you don't have permission to use the word in question. That's actually a form of discrimination and at the same time I see black people (I hate saying black people since I only believe there is one race, the human race) using the word "cracker" or "white-boy". I of course don't get offended by the words itself but the fact I cannot say the ****** word without getting constant judgement.

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It's like the australian use of the word cunt.
Lost it's offensive nature unless you use it specifically as an insult.
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I have so many friends who use this word, black and white alike. To be honest, I really don't like it. People say, "It's just a word." But words have power. They carry meaning. If all words were meaningless or didn't carry connotations, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

We associate words with things. That's why words have the power to make us feel on top of the world or like the scum of the earth. Words that are used to describe a person are the most powerful. Because it's like you're saying, "Hey you, you are this." And if you hear somebody call you something time and again for so long, you start to believe it. Call me a "rich white girl" for so long and eventually I'll see that as a part of my identity. Call me a c--t for so long and that's how I'll see myself. Call someone a p---y time and again even if you're joking and that's what they become.

There are still people alive who remember when this word (n---a) was always meant as something dehumanizing. No wonder some black people still can't stand to hear the word. And you can bet I'm not going to use that word in front of them. That would be cruel.

And honestly, even now when I hear people just throwing it around to be funny or light-hearted, it still carries its negative connotation. The word's meaning hasn't really changed at all. Just like the word "bitch" hasn't changed or "c--t" but people use them to joke around anyways.

"They're just a bunch of n----s." Often I've heard it used to describe a group of people who is viewed as stupid or are unliked. Okay, so we have a word that was always used as a way to dehumanize being used just as before to dehumanize. My black friends even talk this way to each other. Sometimes it kind of just sounds like they're saying to each other, "Hey, stupid." But it's not used just "endearingly", and the negative connotations are still there.

And I noticed it's most often used when they do something that's considered stereotypically "black". They joke about it so much, but underneath the joking I can tell that they really view themselves as totally different from "white", and when I've talked to them about race I commonly hear how doing stuff the "white" way or like a "white" person isn't attainable - they're "black", I'm "white". All the while they're throwing these terms around. I can't help but see the whole thing as twisted. And when my white friends use it, they typically use it the same way. And often they use it to describe black people. Even if they're simply joking.

I have some people who would try to light-heartedly call me "c--t". I'm not okay with that. Because it's used when I do something to stand up to some guy and we're having light hearted banter, and they joke around and suddenly I become a "c--t". It's a word still used on me because I'm a female and I did something where using a word that's a derogatory word for females becomes okay to joke about (or it's used against a male as in insult). But it's not. It's placing me in the box of "you're female - you're less". That's where the word gets its power in the end. I think the word "n---a" does the same thing still. "You're black, you're less."

Perhaps the biggest reason I dislike the use of this word is because we live in a world where racism (in this context, against people who are black) is incredibly insidious - it's often in the form of an unconscious bias. Black people are paid less. They're often portrayed in movies in a certain negative way. They're more often to be culturally poor. If two people hand in the same exact resume and someone has a name that sounds "black", the person with the "white" name is more likely to be chosen. It just goes on and on.

In such a time, we have to be even more careful about what words we use to describe people. Because the way racism is perpetuated now is by continuing to place people in a box. To say through our actions, "You're black - here's what being "black" means [insert stereotypes here]." You know. If you do this thing, you're so "black". It's a poisonous mindset. And unconsciously, "You're black, you're less." It's the same way anybody becomes marginalized or discriminated against. "N---a" is a word that just perpetuates this, even if we only say or think or feel we're joking.

Joke around all you want, the connotations and meaning are still there. You may say you don't mean it to be that way, but words carry an undeniable power. Be careful the words you use because they place people in boxes and slowly become how those people view themselves and how we view them in turn.
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Posted 3/15/15 , edited 3/15/15
Personally I don't like it being used. Sometimes I get a cringe feeling when I hear it. But really it also depends on how it is used for me. If it's like in a light, happy go lucky type of thing it still makes me a bit uncomfortable but yea *shrugs*. If like in a nasty mean kind of way then I kind of get pissed off. But hey that's just me
Posted 3/15/15

SSunnyLagALots wrote:

I think this term especially is one we need to stop using entirely. It's history and controversy has been debated for several years and honestly, it just breeds more and more hate. There are people who use the word all of the time, the young, the old, and the in-between. Really though, I can't believe for a second that anyone who has used the term has ever believed they wouldn't get flak for it. No matter who you are, you know the facts backing up the word, and should be prepared for any arguement that ensues. Though the young need to be more educated, and it is something that is important to know about, especially in American History. (I know I said the word should not be used anymore, I meant in its casual sense). Regardless, people will be people, and there is always one person who will take what you say and be offended by it.


I 100% agree. I think the term should never be used, unless you are of that race, and you REALLY are looking to offend your own race...people these days.. It's really stupid and annoying when people that are not black greet each other saying "Hey *****"!" Those people really need to grow up and realize the race that they are offending. Nobody should EVER use it as a derogatory term.

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my boss said that she taught her kids that the world "nigga" meant not a black person, but a lazy person. But because of the history of its use I would make sure my children knew that it is not an appropriate word to use in any shape or form.

None of my friends who are black have ever used that term to refer to each other. But they were also educated, spoke proper English, and respected everyone around them. So it makes me think that those who use such derogatory terms have little education and poor upbringing.

a word may just be a word but words can harm others just as much as sticks and stones
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I'm Black/Puerto Rican and I absolutely hate this word and get extremely offended when ANYONE (especially if they aren't black) says this word. Its just a nasty, hateful word and based on its historical background its highly disrespectful for people to use it so casually.
Posted 3/15/15 , edited 9/5/16
I believe anyone can say it if not used as a hate word. I get tired when my white friends say nigga and then say something along the lines of, it's ok I have a black friend'.
As long as the word is used as a term of endearment and not of hatred then I think anyone can say/use it.
Nigger is the more obvious racial of the two. I think no one should use nigger, nigga is ok IMO because it mostly used as a term of endearment.
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Well the funny thing is, black people use both phrases in the south. Nigga is a sort of a "one word fits all" term.

When you see someone you don't like you say "man, fuck that nigga".

When you someone you like you say "oh shit, whats up my nigga".

It can be used in an abstract sense... "damn, I'm hungrier than a nigga"

And the list goes on. "Nigga" has a bit of fluidity to it's contexts it is used in, but it usual is used to describe a male of any race or species.

It can also be applied to other words to give them that extra bit of meaning, like "nigga-itis" which is the feeling someone gets after eating a large meal.

Now the word nigger is also used. Used to describe someone who is ignorant or not presentable.

Examples, "man, quit acting nigger-ish" or "I came out of that place looking like a nigger".


Even though I have a decent sized diction I find it quite the word. Especially when I'm not trying to impress anybody i.e. hanging out with friends, cussing someone out, praising someone and the like...
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