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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 Michel on May 30, 2011 at 9:10pm

The problem I see is that (the rhetorical) you, as a 'legitimate' user of the word, have no control over how other people who hear you will interpret it. And it's a loaded word. For some it triggers something completely different, "look at them denigrating themselves" kind of thinking - pun intended.

Something you might not want to spread and however unwillingly encourage in society.

Comment was by Julien on May 30, 2011 at 2:04pm

Ha... people, there are no bad words. Only the context does and should matter. Only a racist asshole can hurt you; words are harmless. Do not try to get rid of words, but try to get rid of the racist assholes. I like to think that I live in a free world where I can say and do whatever I want, at my own risk. If I address a black person with the term nigger or spook, I will not blame that person for knocking my teeth out. We should learn to deal with the mess we created, and not try to cover it up. Words are just words. It only matters how one uses them.

 

If a black person likes to use the term nigga to refer to another black person, that doesn't mind, then why the hell should we care? It's just a word, and both persons do not see it as a derogative term, so it's not. You can change the meaning of a word you use, but that doesn't mean everybody should agree with you and start using it the way you do; and it doesn't mean that you will completely erase the original hurtful meaning that it used to have. Again, if both persons do not mind, why should we care? I am tired of people telling other people how should they talk, act, etc. Enough bullshit. Just live your life and let the others do the same. (This last phrase is not meant for the author of this blog post in particular, but for all people.)

 

I will never use such a term, but I would like to know that I can use it whenever I want, and however I want, again, at my own risk. Denying people of some of these liberties started a lot of bad shit on this pale blue dot we like to call home. Enough of that!

 

I hope this is received as what it actually is, only my opinion.

 

 

Also, I would like to share some great insight on the subject from George Carlin. The second video starts with Richard Pryor and the part that Edmond is referring to.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNk_kzQCclo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZCS5I80X-8

 

Cheers!

Comment was by Michel on May 30, 2011 at 1:53pm

... or like men calling each other dick.

"Had lunch with my dicks at work..."

"My boss is also my dick."

Comment was by Neal on May 30, 2011 at 1:24pm
Thoughtful post Edmond.
Comment was by Adriana on May 30, 2011 at 12:31pm

Comment was by Adriana on May 30, 2011 at 12:30pm

I had missed the observation on the word by Richard Pryor. He nailed it, I think. I have felt the way you feel about the N word, Edmond, but not being black I felt i really couldn't talk about it, beyond talking it it over with my teenagers back when they were in middle school and everyone called each other that, affectionately, though. I tried to tell them why I though it was not a good idea for anyone to use that word. I do understand the rationalization of taming the word and owning it but it is not a good strategy because it doesn't help you to get it to disappear, and it doesn't really work. Being a woman, to me it would be the equivalent of women calling each other "sluts" as an affectionate term or to reclaim our right to be sexual.  It doesn't work, does it? Because a woman confident in her sexuality is NOT a "slut". "slut" is a hateful word to indicate fear of a woman's sexuality, it is a judgmental word, it could not be "cleansed" by being used by woman to call other women, no matter how affectionate you make the word to be. A hateful word is a hateful word. Let' not use it, please.

 

Great post, Edmond.

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