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I literally can't go a day without hearing this word.
Whether it's in music, film, or even everyday conversation, this word has manifested itself apart of mines and many others daily life vocabulary. Whether that is ok or not is a question for another day, but due to the volume of usage, one can easily assume that the word is accepted enough to be used in society, right?
Only to a few?
Visualize with me for a moment...
Say you and the squad are out, a night of turn up on the city, and you decide to visit your local Waffle House.
A well-groomed 67 year old white man in a suit and tied, accompanied with his briefcase walks up to your table.
He then smiles and looks at your friends, and then finishes with you and nods and says "whats up my nigga?"
What do you do?
Rather if you would shake hands, start a riot, or ignore the man and continue on with your friends, I must ask you now, would your answer be any different if that man was instead, a 7 year old white boy? What about a 21 year old Mexican Lady? What about Donald Trump?
Not Donald Trump, we may give Russia the keys to the front door if that was the case, (jokes)
It's no secret what the N Word, suffix being an ER, and its negative and malicious intent has done in the course of American History.
It is unspoken law that if someone says that, especially of Caucasian descent, it is understood that whatever reaction comes after is not irrational.
What about the suffix being an A?
Many Whites used this word in privacy.
Some even use it when they are among their black friends.
Whether it's quoting their favorite rap songs, or talking to their friends, is it ok for them to use to word if it is apparent that they aren't utilizing it negatively?
Some say that we took the power of the word and we can finally utilize our "Black Perks" but Is it fair to restrict a certain population from doing something based on skin tone, especially with our community knowing this position so well?
How do we grow if we continue to do the same things?
There are others who say we shouldn't even use the word. We have to break the cycle and that this word has and always will be bad. Whether it ends with an A or ER, we should rid this word because of the history behind it.
Many others claim that a white person has to "earn" the right to use this word. Whether it's coming to the aid of the black culture in times of oppression, being honest about history and open minded, or simply willing to listen to the "other side" of the racial conversation. Whatever is done, it is usually when a population of Blacks deem that person as "one of them".
Whatever is your side, one can't help to feel a little cringe when hearing it from a White Person, even if it's 'Nigga'.
Is it because natural instinct?
Subconsciously thinking about history and if they are using it with a secret intent?
Or is it because when it is said, it is said so awkwardly and unnatural and can't help but laugh.
How do you feel about a White Person saying the N Word?
When can they say it?
Can they ever?
Let me know your thoughts below.
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Lets begin the conversation.
That's the only way change will ever come...
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