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How Would You Kill The N-Word? (Actual NPR Headline)
NPR ^ | 08/13/2013 | by Gene Demby

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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So.

How would YOU kill the n-word?

1 posted on 08/14/2013 2:43:56 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

How do you kill a word that comes out of black peoples mouths every 30 seconds?

Have they ever heard a rap song?


2 posted on 08/14/2013 2:44:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Responsibility2nd
No, I wouldn't… narcolepsy is a perfectly fine word.
3 posted on 08/14/2013 2:45:16 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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....

-sarcastic response...


4 posted on 08/14/2013 2:45:32 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Responsibility2nd
Id ...ah...well as soon as I gave a re;ease date I'll let you know




5 posted on 08/14/2013 2:46:23 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


6 posted on 08/14/2013 2:46:53 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Stop making a big deal of it?


7 posted on 08/14/2013 2:47:18 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Bleep it out of all the rap crap songs before they can be released?


8 posted on 08/14/2013 2:48:17 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: MarineBrat

I like how you think.


9 posted on 08/14/2013 2:48:29 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Little Ray
Stop making a big deal of it?

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.

10 posted on 08/14/2013 2:49:23 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: MeshugeMikey
. . . I gave a re;ease date . . .

Meshuge, for sure.

11 posted on 08/14/2013 2:49:39 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is the N-word NPR? If so, I’d kill it by defunding it.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 2:49:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Responsibility2nd

Remember when a city official used the word “niggardly?”


13 posted on 08/14/2013 2:50:08 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If he was beating my head into the pavement for instance, I’d use what ever was handy.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Responsibility2nd

The best thing people could do with that word is to have it refer to a state of mind more than anything else.


15 posted on 08/14/2013 2:50:57 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now

Bed wetting liberalism at its finest.

16 posted on 08/14/2013 2:51:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"How would YOU kill the n-word?

I'd change the initials to LPR (Liberal Public Radio).

17 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The idea of killing the N word is so gay.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:08 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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?


19 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:27 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


20 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:56 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
How would YOU kill the n-word?

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.

21 posted on 08/14/2013 2:52:57 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


22 posted on 08/14/2013 2:53:24 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: wrencher

catchy tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQpmJgZZ2gQ


23 posted on 08/14/2013 2:54:47 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


24 posted on 08/14/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Same way the Irish killed words like "Mick", "Paddy", and "Pogue".

"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?"

25 posted on 08/14/2013 2:55:46 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Kel Tech PF9. Proven.


26 posted on 08/14/2013 2:57:23 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
By killing all the white people?

It wouldn't get rid of the N-word, but it would accomplish what the N-words' ultimate goal is.

27 posted on 08/14/2013 2:57:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am assuming they mean the word, “Nigger”. Yes, that’s the word. For starts they can ban RAP music.


28 posted on 08/14/2013 2:57:53 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: tnlibertarian

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.


29 posted on 08/14/2013 2:58:08 PM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Responsibility2nd
Are we talking N-Word-a or N-Word-er?
30 posted on 08/14/2013 2:58:45 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: wrencher
I already was on probation for using the c word as a substitute.
 

~~gasp~~

 


31 posted on 08/14/2013 3:01:56 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: tnlibertarian

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.


32 posted on 08/14/2013 3:02:57 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: TexasCajun
Are we talking N-Word-a or N-Word-er?

They ought to take a critical look at In-N-Out Burger

33 posted on 08/14/2013 3:05:13 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: informavoracious

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.

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James 3
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 one’s 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 God’s 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.


34 posted on 08/14/2013 3:05:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"nigger" = uneducated, rural pronunciation of the Spanish word "negro"

negro = Spanish word for "black"

black = a commonly accepted term for people of sub-Saharan, African heritage


35 posted on 08/14/2013 3:07:12 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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Why kill it? It's dead and was buried years ago.

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."

36 posted on 08/14/2013 3:07:16 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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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?


37 posted on 08/14/2013 3:08:05 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I'd declare it dead just after the words Honkey, Ofay and Cracker died. Or maybe we could just change the spelling to Niger which, after all, is the name of a real country:

NIGER

38 posted on 08/14/2013 3:12:55 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Responsibility2nd
Oh. Just now noticing this....
"Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the comedian Tim Allen and disgraced TV food personality Paula Deen."
Disgraced? Typical NPR blather.
39 posted on 08/14/2013 3:15:22 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Go to youtube and listen to some Johnny Rebel classics.


40 posted on 08/14/2013 3:16:01 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Treat blacks who use it like whites who use it are treated.


41 posted on 08/14/2013 3:19:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

80 Hours community per offense service for every Black person that uses it.


42 posted on 08/14/2013 3:22:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone (The reason we are where we are today is the belief that posting on a website will fix the nation.)
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To: equaviator
The best thing people could do with that word is to have it refer to a state of mind more than anything else.

Me too. Although is a corruption of the Spanish word "Negro," today, I see the "N-Word" as more of a cultural and mentality thing. Basically I equate it to the welfare culture and I see plenty of people of all colors where that word can apply.
43 posted on 08/14/2013 3:23:50 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“How would YOU kill the n-word?”
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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”?


44 posted on 08/14/2013 3:24:05 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: MarineBrat

I like how you think too.


45 posted on 08/14/2013 3:24:29 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


46 posted on 08/14/2013 3:24:35 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: NoLibZone

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.


47 posted on 08/14/2013 3:25:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.”


48 posted on 08/14/2013 3:25:57 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


49 posted on 08/14/2013 3:27:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Let everyone use it freely without fear of reprisal legally and morally.


50 posted on 08/14/2013 3:29:22 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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