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Posted 3/9/16
As an African-American, I have no idea why they use the N word all the time. I think the word is offensive that wouldn't be in lyrics, especially in rap music.
Posted 3/9/16
It sounds like a bit of hypocrisy to me. If the word is so offensive to them, then, even if they're black, they shouldn't use the word to describe anyone.
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Posted 3/9/16

stars201 wrote:

"Because they're black so they're the only ones that are allowed to use it" - someone black telling me this


That's like an Asian, specifically Chinese saying they can say "chink", but in actuality, almost everyone else says it. And it just seems more offensive than the N word because Black people say it to each other as like greeting to each other.

But for "chink", you don't go hearing other Chinese people saying that to each other. It doesn't sound right to begin with. I get the whole thing with the history behind it, but other derogatory words have it as well and it just so happens that the N word specifically can be only said by other Blacks and no other race.

Double standards, but that's my take on it.
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I'm African-American and I don't even use the N-word.


It's a slang that was born from the racial slur that Causasians used against us. Pretty much we wanted to take a bad word and put it to good use.
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Fellow AA that doesn't use it. Generally I don't care much, though I kind of look down on people who use it behind the safety of the internet. I don't see why it's "black people" that use it... some do, some don't.
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There are some people who think it's unfair because they can't use the n word to describe black people. Like, are you being selective with your history?
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Posted 3/9/16

Quaternion wrote:

Fellow AA that doesn't use it. Generally I don't care much, though I kind of look down on people who use it behind the safety of the internet. I don't see why it's "black people" that use it... some do, some don't.


I've seen Hispanics, some Causasians, and some Asians along with other races use the N-word. So it's not only African-Americans.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

There are some people who think it's unfair because they can't use the n word to describe black people. Like, are you being selective with your history?

Not more so than anyone else. There's a lot of history out there, and what we get introduced to, and what we focus on ourselves, is not going to be a representative sample. Anyway, if one thinks it's unfair, then the options are to change peoples' minds, or give up. Not to be smug, but I'm fine either way.


qualeshia3 wrote:

I've seen Hispanics, some Causasians, and some Asians along with other races use the N-word. So it's not only African-Americans.

Right; it was more a rhetorical question directed at the thread title.
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Oh okay. Sorry about that.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Oh okay. Sorry about that.


No worries; true statement, plus I see how mine could have been ambiguous.
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As a black person, I say whatever. Wanna use it, use it. The thing about the N word for me is that I don't use it unless I'm with my fellow blacks, it's just what it is. I don't get offended if others use it. Honestly if you're not black, you're just better off never saying cause someone will most likely beat the crap out of you.
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XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

Its funny because the term originally was used to refer to any ignorant person regardless of their race. So we now have, today, people ignorantly calling each other ignorants, ignorant of the term that they are using.


best answer i read so far haha
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Buckerss wrote:

Nigger is old slang for Negro, and is often used to mean something negative. Nigga is a slightly different variation that's used by some to, in a sense, reclaim the word nigger. It's often used to mean friend/acquaintance. Too an extent, we've seen something similar happen with the word queer.

Pretty much this.
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Posted 3/11/16
I don't know because it's supposed to be a slur.
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The n word was an insult white people used against black people, so I suppose they've taken back the word and use it in their own way.
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