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Nigger - Nigga

 

We took the word and made it our own is what a lot of people say. People of other colors are frowned upon for saying it. Only black folks can use the word Nigga. To me it's like saying that only blacks can call each other ignorant. So what am I saying? I'm saying I don't want ANYONE calling me ignorant. I have a name, address me by it. I just think there is a ton of ignorance in changing some letters and believing that this gives power or makes things okay.

 

I used the word nigga a lot until I heard Richard Pryor talk about why he wouldn't use the word anymore. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( Http://yeyeolade.wordpress.com/2007/04/27/black-is-beautiful/ ) I understand what some people say about the word nigga, using it is takes the power out of nigger. Some say it is slang for saying hello to a black person. I can only speak for me and say that I don't want to use it. 

 

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Comment was by Jean Marie on June 11, 2011 at 11:43am

We are all free.

Those who want to avoid the Nword, can do so.

NO one can force us to use that word, if we do not want to. 

You have a right to your opinion, as do we.  I disagree with your opinion, but, you have a right to feel the Nword should not be avoided. (?)

 

We are all free, to speak as we chooose to.   Good luck

 

 

Comment was by Julien on June 11, 2011 at 11:27am

Yeah, I mentioned the term "ţigan" (Romanian for gypsy) a few pages back and how it transformed from a word used to describe a certain group of people, into a derogative term used to describe the same people and others as an insult. Just like kaffir and I am sure there are other words like this.

 

This only shows the diversity of words and their usage and how words should not be banned, or avoided, and only the people and how they use them should be taken into consideration.

Comment was by Michel on June 11, 2011 at 11:25am

Julien, history is always a question of perspective.

When there are conflicts, the winner re-writes history, all the time.

Keeping tabs on whose history's what is useful IMO.

Comment was by Doone on June 11, 2011 at 11:07am

Here is how a word becomes transformed from simply meaning "other" to something bad (to some)

The word kaffir, sometimes spelled kaffer or kafir, is an offensive term for a black person, most common in South Africa and other African countries. Generally considered a racial or ethnic slur in modern usage, it was previously a neutral term for black southern African people.

The word is derived from the Arabic/Islamic term Kafir, which means 'disbeliever' or literally, 'one who covers the truth'.[1] Portuguese explorers used the term generally to describe tribes they encountered in southern Africa, probably having misunderstood its etymology from Muslim traders along the coast. European colonists subsequently continued its use.[2] Although it was in wide use between the 16th and 19th centuries, and not generally seen as an offensive term, as racial tensions increased in 20th century South Africaand the surrounding countries, it became a term of abuse.

The word was used in EnglishDutch and, later, Afrikaans, from the 16th century to the early 20th century as a general term for several different peoples of southern Africa. InPortuguese the equivalent cafre was used.

In South Africa today, the term is used both as an insult, and by some, as a common word for a black person. In any case, the term is regarded by most as derogatory (in the same way as "nigger" in other countries). Use of the word has been actionable in South African courts since at least 1976 under the offense of crimen injuria"the unlawful, intentional and serious violation of the dignity of another".

That is the whole context = it is not being "Politically Correct" to acknowledge the word sensitivity of words to our fellow human beings.

Comment was by Doone on June 11, 2011 at 11:05am
This is all just a matter of culture.  You have to grow up in the USA to understand the powerful harm of the N word.   I know many people from South Africa and they have a similar "K" word which really means nothing to me but means a lot to them.   It depends on where you are in the world and your environment  - the word 'macaca" is bad to some but i do not really want to find out why it is bad.
Comment was by Julien on June 11, 2011 at 11:01am

Jean Marie, if black history is not included in American history, don't you think you should lobby for it to be included in American history and not taught separately like it's not worthy of being taught with the rest of American history? Isn't teaching black history separately from all the other American history a little racist?

 

 

I disagree, some words are effin bloody, words DO have power,

and there is blood, centuries of blood, all over the Nword.  It's time to bury the word.

 

Words do have power. That's what you say, and that's why I mentioned the word "fire" and that category of words. Hate crime... Right. All those people I mention were killed by their buddies, right, and out of love, right? Such a shame. In the end, every war was started out of love. Right, Jean Marie? Stop making such nonsense statements. Like hate crime. Every crime is made out of hate. And "hate crime" is just another term to separate black people (and others) from white people.

 

According to Wikipedia, in crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.

 

So, every person killed in a war, that's a hate crime, and my statement about the word "fire" still stands despite whatever you like to fool yourself to believe. Words do not have power. People have power. Weapons do not have power. People have power.

 

Political correctness, in my opinion, is similar to religion. No one can abide it all, but they like to cling to that term, because it makes them feel better than they really are. Be good for goodness' sake, not because someone tells you to be good. Yes, that's right. Someone tells you to be good, otherwise you wouldn't have the term "politically correct", but just the term "good" to describe you.

Comment was by Jean Marie on June 11, 2011 at 9:55am

//"Political Correctness is censorship forced upon us."//

 

I disagree.  I feel it is a choice.  A rational choice, which promotes civility and better communication, and uses basic respect as a starting point.

Comment was by Jean Marie on June 11, 2011 at 9:51am

yes, yes, i have replied previously to the "censor" point being made, a number of times.  Others have remarked on the difference between censorship, and giving up the Nword, too, in previous pages.  Scroll back.

I used the word "forced" in a remark below, because of Julien's insistance he seems to indicate he feels removal of the Nword is being forced upon ppl, or worries others are being forced or 'censored' to give up the Nword.  (My interpretation of Juliens thoughts may be inaccurate.)

Comment was by Mark Strange on June 11, 2011 at 9:05am
Jean, I'm afraid your missing my points. Words should never be censored. Context should always be considered. Political Correctness is censorship forced upon us. Respect is something we choose because we have evolved to a better human being. I don't call people "niggers", because I am good person, not because I'm told not to. This is my dream, not what is, but what should be.
Comment was by Jean Marie on June 11, 2011 at 8:47am

Mark, I agree with you about using African American, and have posted that remark, that we do not divide up whites by country of origin(almost word for word, i recognize my own previously posted thoughts there) in the past, several times.  And we are all of African decent, really.  I do not use the word African American.  I tried it on for a year or two when it came out, but, it is divisive and nonsensical in my mind.  To me, the word black IS positive. 

RE: black history

IF IF IF the USA *did* include black history into it's general history books, i would completely agree, we do not need a month to promote learning black history.  IF IF IF that happened, i'd be right on board with Morgan Freeman's view, 100%!!!  However, USA history books do NOT NOT NOT include much if any, black history, and yes, it has been a different path, with it's own heros, events, celebrations, and past, that is far too often unknown, and uncelebrated.

Take even ONE (1) course in black history, and plz write me, and tell me if you did not learn many many many things you were previously unaware of.

To Julien, most of your post, i've already replied to, no reason to re re reply. Scroll back. (about your passionate fear (?) that we are "banning" a word, i wrote reply to that already, maybe twice or more, as have others).

duh, the word 'fire' is not a hate-crime word.

 

I do agree with Edmund, it's time for the Nword to go.

 

PC is same thing as using respect in one's language.  If you two want to use the word, it is your choice.  NO one but no one can force you into referring to/about others in a respectful way, nor force you to reconsider a new way of looking at history of the word.  But, i am also free to express my view, it's time for the Nword to be buried.

But it is a damaging word, with a long bloody history, whether you acknowledge it, or realize it, or not. 

 

 

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