Skip to comments.How Would You Kill The N-Word? (Actual NPR Headline)
Posted on 08/14/2013 2:43:56 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story.
NOTE TO READERS: This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now
You can set your watch to it. Every few months, some person of note gets in trouble for saying nigger. This summer's been especially busy: In the last eight weeks, we've had controversies involving former NFL player Hugh Douglas, current NFL player Riley Cooper, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the comedian Tim Allen and disgraced TV food personality Paula Deen.
After each incident, after the perfunctory opprobrium is directed at the person who initially used the word, comes the invariable call for everyone — particularly in hip-hop — to stop using the word nigger. But I always wonder, given its widespread use (and the myriad ways in which people use it): How would stamping it out even work?
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How would YOU kill the n-word?
How do you kill a word that comes out of black peoples mouths every 30 seconds?
Have they ever heard a rap song?
How would YOU kill the n-word?
I would use Gulags to punish only whiteys that used it, you know like a good statuist liberal....
I’d mock the hell out of blacks because they have a glass jaw when it comes to being criticized and mocked. If someone actually thinks that they’re as good as me then they’d DEMAND to be held to the same standard as me. Only that way can you claim to be a man.
Stop making a big deal of it?
Bleep it out of all the rap crap songs before they can be released?
I like how you think.
Ding, ding. We have a winner. Take away its power, and nobody cares. Flipping out everytime a white person says, or supposedly says it, gives it power.
Meshuge, for sure.
Is the N-word NPR? If so, I’d kill it by defunding it.
Remember when a city official used the word “niggardly?”
If he was beating my head into the pavement for instance, I’d use what ever was handy.
The best thing people could do with that word is to have it refer to a state of mind more than anything else.
Bed wetting liberalism at its finest.
I'd change the initials to LPR (Liberal Public Radio).
The idea of killing the N word is so gay.
Get black people to stop using it! I live in the south and have many redneck friends and we just don’t use it anymore and haven’t for a very long time.
Is it still a commonly used word in the liberal states?
A better question would be “How would you rewrite that headline, NPR?”
If a conservative publication had used it, they’d be attacked for a lynching reference. And you know it’s true.
I would put in on back of a Jackass and ride the jackass to D.C. Once there the mentally ill running government could dance around the ass chanting mumbo jumbo until the N word gets sucked up into the atmosphere.
If that doesn't' work, just pass a law making it's use by Caucasians, a felony.
I would encourage everyone to use it as much as possible until it no longer mattered anymore than any other slur. But I won’t bite on using it here, I already was on probation for using the c word as a substitute.
catchy tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQpmJgZZ2gQ
Usage of the word was dying and it was no longer used by decent people. But it got resurrected. I understand that some of it is to take the sting out of the word but it’s gone too far. Most speech is vulgar now anyway. They might as well ask how to stop people from using the F word.
"Why you lousy Mick!"
"Aye, that I am."
"Did you hear me, you Pogue, I called you a Mick?"
"Indeed, I am a pogue, and paddy, a mick...now that we've gotten past the formalities was there something you wanted to say to me?"
Kel Tech PF9. Proven.
It wouldn't get rid of the N-word, but it would accomplish what the N-words' ultimate goal is.
I am assuming they mean the word, “Nigger”. Yes, that’s the word. For starts they can ban RAP music.
I know it’s a crummy word, but it’s JUST A WORD!!!!
WHY is it the WORST possible offense in our culture for it having been said???
People can kidnap, rape, slaughter... yes, bad people, but we try to “understand” what made them do it. They get swarmed by psychologists...
Say the “N” word and you need to pull a Snowden and leave the country.
Refuse to be called white in any form or format.
Instruct any who use that ‘w’ word they are bigoted and racist. I am an american. no prefix no hyphen
If needed use the term ‘W’ word. Just as we use the term ‘N’ word.
Equality is a two edged sword.
They ought to take a critical look at In-N-Out Burger
Exactly. The F word offends me far greater than any N word.
Its all Hate Speech anyway. Using that language only serves to spread hatred, ignorance and anger.
New International Version (NIV)
Taming the Tongue
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of ones life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in Gods likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Detroit NAACP to Hold Symbolic Funeral for 'N' Word Published April 30, 2007 Associated Press The NAACP held a symbolic funeral in Detroit 63 years ago for Jim Crow. The civil rights organization will do the same this summer for the "N" word, the Rev. Wendell Anthony said Sunday. The announcement by Anthony, president of the civil rights organization's Detroit branch, came shortly before the start of the annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. He said members and supporters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will conduct services and a "eulogy" for the racial slur....
"We are committed to ending hate word and talk," he said. "It doesn't do anyone any good, whether it's a journalist on TV or a rapper on the radio. "Now that corporate America has caught up, maybe something will happen. We have to stop investing in stuff that is killing us."
How Would You Kill The N-Word?
Replacing ‘it’ with ‘the N-word’ only reminds people who use the latter of the the former.
Like it or not, ‘it’ is a word that entered the vocabulary a long time ago. It will remain as long a people use it.
So, the real question should be: Who is keeping it alive?
"Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the comedian Tim Allen and disgraced TV food personality Paula Deen."Disgraced? Typical NPR blather.
Go to youtube and listen to some Johnny Rebel classics.
Treat blacks who use it like whites who use it are treated.
80 Hours community per offense service for every Black person that uses it.
“How would YOU kill the n-word?”
While I am from the south, we rarely said “nigger”, but my Atlanta grandmother said “nigra” as a form of “negro”. In my family we used the term “colored”, which was common in Memphis, my home city.
The term “African American” is so stupid, and I refuse to use it. If “white” is OK, what is wrong with “black” or “colored”?
I like how you think too.
I would not kill the word because I refuse to submit to the Orwellian (communist) technique of thought control via redefinition of words and politically-correct social intimidation. The harder they try, the harder I resist! We need specific words to describe things or express ideas.
It is alarming how many words have been re-purposed during my lifetime. Back in the early 1960’s, you could walk into a grocery store and buy a can of oysters whose brand on the label was printed “Nigger Head”. There was a also a respectable portrait of a negro man on the label. I don’t imagine anyone thought much of it — we didn’t. The word has changed from limited social acceptability to pariah in 50 years.
I think “nigger” should describe a state of mind, rather than be a racial epithet. There are some white people that I’d just as gladly call “niggers” because they have the same low-class attitude as the thugs with a tan.
Really? There’s not enough trash to pick up along side the highways in the whole USA that would keep them busy doing 80 hours.
The way to de-fang the word is not to STOP using it, but to make it so commonplace it doesn’t merit any attention. Kinda like what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have done to “racist.”
Think of all the derogatory terms that have been applied to Jews over they years. There are a lot of them but none of them are widely used aside from the occasional Jesse Jackson outburst.
Jews don’t use the words as a means of setting themselves apart and keep the words alive.
Let everyone use it freely without fear of reprisal legally and morally.