In the South, the n-word was a phrase often spoken by past generations about any black person, not even said with any disdain, anger or hate. It was just a description, the same way black or African-American is used today as an identifier. Officially, the word was “negro” but Southerners just have their ways of slurring pronunciations differently than Yankees do.
As some blacks were considered thieves or criminals and as some were thought to be lazy or indifferent, the n-word took shape as a negative word - some to people who deserved it and others who were condemned by race or association.
That blacks use it amongst themselves is actually a form of satire (why conform to the white standards if we are all just n-s?).
I honestly would not condemn someone who used the phrase in their past and regret it today. I don’t want to see the word resurrected in popular use. But history is as it is and culture is as it is and I prefer that we not cleanse history and culture from what it was. It was a time when sensibilities about many things were different - some for better, some for worse.
I wouldn’t even know who Paula Deen is or who she voted for today except for this controversy which, IMO, is ridiculous in itself. Should others be persecuted for using the word “Hymietown” or “Hymies”? Should we persucte anyone who ever used the terms “Kraut”, “Mick”, “Gook”, “Dago”, etc? Just accept it and move on.
***Should we persucte anyone who ever used the terms Kraut, Mick, Gook, Dago, etc? Just accept it and move on.***
LOL. Our local CO-OP sells Grimaldi’s Dog food. The sack is something to behold. It shows a boxer dog with boxing gloves hitting something.
The sack reads..GRIMALDI’S DOG FOOD! WOPING TO PLEASE! DAGO FOR GRIMALDIS!