Why Won’t Black People Let The “N” Word Die?

Why do black people complain about racism  if we’re keeping it alive?

You know, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we use the “N” word more than any other race. This shows how ignorant we are as a race; we complain about racism and go back and call our people “n*ggas”….

We fool ourselves saying there’s a difference between the words “n*gga” and “n*gger”. There’s no difference; like black people do with most words, we just “slanged it”. The fact that we slanged a word used to degrade our race and use it among each other shows why we are where we are as a race. I doubt seriously any other race use racial slurs like that among each other. I wouldn’t know, but I do doubt it. But black people, we make it known that we accept being called n*ggers. It’s in our music. Our movies. Our language…

How can black people expect the “N” word to die if we won’t let it…?

What about you guys? Do you take offense to the word? Do you use it daily? How often do you hear it. What are your thoughts?

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    • Jhandi
    • March 13th, 2010

    DICTIONARY.COM 

    nig·ger /ˈnɪgər/ Show Spelled [nig-er]

    The term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. Definitions 1a, 1b, and 2 represent meanings that are deeply disparaging and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense. Definition 1a, however, is sometimes used among African-Americans in a neutral or familiar way.

    –noun
    1.Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
    a.a black person.
    b.a member of any dark-skinned people.
    2.Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.

    The word has been disenfranchised it because of it’s liberal use within the black community. It no longer carries as the power of contempt and hate. However, white people still use it with malice, but there is slight effect.

    The reality is black folks have stolen the word and are not giving it back! LOL

      • Lucas Smith
      • March 15th, 2010

      I don’t think black people are the only ones that make up slang words. Almost every language has slang words or “ebonix” if you will, but anyway, I along with most black folk know the history of the word “NIGGER”, but even if we didn’t say it they would still use it, maybe even more. I don’t think we need to focus on words that people are going to use anyway,we need to figure out how to get out of this LIFE or DEATH situation that were in, and we have a lot to blame on ourselves, Now I may be totaly wrong, but I don’t think Harriet Tubman was “TUMBOUTSOME” don’t say nigga, she probably was like, NIGGA get yo ass in this boat or DIE. We didn’t come up with the word we just use it. “They” don’t even need the word “NIGGER” anymore, they have new ones. Oh yeah love the site, I checks it out daily.

    • pAT
    • March 13th, 2010

    What really bugs me are the other races using that word like it’s nothing. i’m in nyc, the convo’s on the trains, bus, other public transportation are ridiculous! especially with the teenage crowd. Both races. I’m standing there and just give em a look of death and they still keep going having no idea what they are saying. Especially Hispanics. Understand and choose your words carefully. Nothing against any race, my daughter is half hispanic, but dammit it’s not cool.

      • jeanine
      • January 12th, 2011

      Im also half Puerto rican half black…. and no matter what mouth it comes out of I find i5 ignorant and degrading… I think we all need to live above the word and use another word symbolize “friendship”, many people call it. Those who use it havent lived the life of slavery and o think the fail to relize that qe could have still been slaves Today if that one person didn’t stand up and plant the seed in others heads….well I’m that one person standing up and saying this word must die… not only is the meaning of the word sad but thoughs who use if look extreemly foolish and ignorant. It is also the same as using the b word but for some reason pple see that as more offensive than the n word and I am a female.

  1. I’m glad someone else is speaking out on this! We make ourselves look so damn stupid using THAT word amongst each other, I mean, how do we expect to gain respect from other races when we act this stupidly???

    SMH.

    It sort of coincides with the sagging of the pants-the whole “style” is derived from prison to mark bytches, yet some of these young guys (sadly older too) still think it’s cool despite receiving this knowledge.

    When are we ALL going to wake up and realize that how we present ourselves, from speech to fashion will determine our places in the world?

    • Leo
    • March 14th, 2010

    I agree with everything said. We’re our own worst enemy in most situations.

  2. I’ve always wondered why many continue to say it but want to rip someone’s head off if they throw it their way.

    The same way with some women callin’ themselves a “B****.” Like it’s cute, but if a guy or somethin’ calls ’em out their name, they wanna fight.

    Just one of those things that’ll be there I guess… *shrugs*

    • …dadragon
    • March 16th, 2010

    i’ve always wondered y we r the only group of people that embraces a word that was meant to hurt us? hispanics don’t call each other “wetbacks”! asians don’t call each other “f.o.b.s” but we r quick to use the N word at each other, wowzers!

    • konvinceme, esq
    • March 16th, 2010

    The “N” word wont die because black people refuse to let the “N” in themselves die. Just check the music you listening to in your Ipod, the shows you are watching, the lifestyle you are supportiing.

      • The Admiral
      • March 17th, 2010

      The problem is not the word..It’s we act like nigz..I ride the train to work everday it’s us….We suppport bullshit then use money as an excuse….Check the black person next to you..that sthe only way we’re gonna break free of the coon mentality…..BTW I don’t care if its a white ,asian , hispnaic ..It just sounds dumb espescially when were talking to each other….

    • Reddy
    • March 19th, 2010

    Wow.. I totally agree with most of the responses on this forum. I’m a 25 year old black women with different race of friends. To go out with them and to hear that word tossed around like it’s nothing makes me squirm. I get so uncomfortable when i hear it I wish I could just dissappear. Expand your vocab!!!! My Grandma gave me my name and I would like to by called by said name Thank You!!

    • kmteet
    • March 22nd, 2010

    My goodness. No, never use that word, ever. It’s disgusting, disgraceful and disrespectful. In America it has become part of the culture to use it and that has dribbled into our society in England. Some people I knew back in the day used it but NOT ROUND ME!!! They’d think twice, trust that. Now youngsters in their quest to relate to any imagery that looks like them are too adopting it and they just look ridiculous.

    You cannot reclaim such a word and the slavemasters roll around laughing from their graves at us dumb ……. Our ancestors cringe and cry that we could be so foolish. Never use that word.

  3. It’s in our music.

    • Anonymous
    • June 15th, 2011

    every time after examination I comfort that “it doesn’t matter, ‘the participation.
    I believe you, believe to doubt yourself.

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