Skip to comments.Is it ever OK to use the N-word?
Posted on 09/14/2013 2:44:18 PM PDT by kevcol
A federal jury in New York awarded $250,000 in damages to a woman who said she was subjected to a racist tirade at work. In his defense, her boss argued that the N-word can be a term of love and endearment between black people. Reporter Peter Hall reached out for opposing views.
Q: Are there any social settings or contexts where it is acceptable to use the N-word?
[Monica Miller] A: The recent federal ruling against workplace use of the N-word has sparked, once again, a discourse on the limits and boundaries of what we can say. And I say yes to the word's continued use among those historically victimized by it. It's for the users to work out when and where use is acceptable, not the courts...
Q: Does it matter how you pronounce or spell the term?
A: Yes. It matters significantly that the groups who have recast "n-----" as "nigga" (or some other version) are respected on the grounds of their re-appropriation of the word. The respelling embodies the reality of changing historical moments and identities. Words and people are not stuck in the mud of historical stasis, but tap into history to make their own history.
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In a rap, it’s fine.
rachel jeantel says it’s ok to use nigga as opposed to n_gger.
when referring to bama or holder
But because it is a perfect match of Satire and Humor, with No Spirits.
The question reeks of fascism. It’s just a word, saying it anywhere in any context is just speech.
Damn Phone FReeping.
Yes, it is and you're not special.
What about nigra?
When watching “Blazing Saddles”-
I am amazed that this movie has not been banned yet from existing.
Can you still say niggling, niggardly or enigma?
Don’t say “ you’re an enigma” to a black coworker unless he is fluent in the language.
At work, I only talked to the blacks I actually knew for fear some charge would be leveled at me. That happened to whites at two companies where I worked. One of those incidents led to a write-up (the white employee then got another job and left) and a hearing before (as I recall, some official appointed by the EEO). The “judge” was a black woman who had never found for the company. But she heard the case and was thoroughly disgusted with the black man who brought it and found for the white employee. (He was a Russian who had used the phrase “Monkey’s work.” But he produced a book by Dostoevsky, who used that term for overly easy work. The black took it as a racial slur.)
Blacks at work can use the race card to get huge awards. In the monkey’s work case, it seemed obvious to me as the manager of both that the black was looking for racism that he was certain was there if he only looked hard enough. Everybody walked on eggs around him and I was relieved when he went back to his historically black college. I’ll bet he’s retired already off his grievance collections.
Many of the blacks at my gym are a pleasure to talk to. But it would probably be different in the work place. I would never, never under any circumstances use the “n” word. Somebody could say, “well, I heard him say it once, so he uses it” and I’d never work again. We live in evil times.
As Ni**er is forbidden in the lexicon.
Colored has found the same fate.
Has “Black” or “African” found a similar fate ?
Inner city ? Chicago ? Welfare ?
Stupid ? Single Mother ? Gang ?
Welfare ? Drop-out ? Baggy pants ? Rap ?
Dreadlocks ? Ebonics ? Watermelon ? Chicken ?
It's also OK for blacks to use the "F" word as every other word in a sentence - in public - without it being offensive, because if you call them out on it and tell them it's as offensive to you as the "N" word, they call you a racist honky cracker and get in your face to make you back down.
Some blacks are emboldened by the realization that the media and the courts (and Holder's Just Us Department) are on their side. As long as they call racisim, they can't lose. Luckily, the race card is wearing thin from overuse and people are starting to catch on to the trick.
Yes, but only niggardly.
There are people brought up right who don’t use any kind of word.
Do I even have to guess this woman is as racist as it gets but it's all perfectly OK because she is:
B. Is Democrat.
C. Is a professor.
Let us see......Let's do a search with her name and Trayvon Martin, that usually weeds them out.......
And drumroll please..........
Baddap -pshhhhh! YEs she is! Right off the bat she compares Trayvon Martin to Emmitt Till and Rodney King..
WHAT A SURPRISE!
It is a word, just a word. In fact, it is the southern pronunciation of “Negro.” After all the hoorah of the 60s much of the Southland forced its mouths into the uncomfortable configuration that produces KNEE-GROW and then, of course that pronunciation dropped from favor and we got a whole series of euphemisms that succeeded each other until now when Black or Afro is acceptable to some and anathema to others and faintly insulting to all. The problem is the perceive attitude toward the named population. The name will always attain a level of odium, not because of the word itself but because of the attitude of the users. Therefore the name used will always become an insult as if the word is the problem, not the relationship. If the black establishment had insisted on and gained the use of the term Men and Women to designate Negroes then that term would itself become uncomfortable to use and an insult.
These F-word using blacks will be grandly out of step when this screw up of an administration has been swept away by history. Suddenly it won’t be cool to (openly) play the fool.
I’ve never used it, and I can’t imagine using it. Still, I do believe in freedom of speech.
Must the world rename the Niger River and the country of Niger? Nigeria?
All of the above and the words under discussion ALL have the same derivation!
Grow up people!
If so, I’ll take watermelon & chicken!
I’ll keep cracker & honky.
Do I need to buy a vowel?
What about “renege?”
Can we still use the word “ niggardly “ ?
What about the words that rhyme, bigger, digger, rigger, figgur, zygger?
Well, there’s a feller named Nigro. (FYI)
Democrat from Philly.
I have removed myself from any dealings with the “black community” or culture. I have come to the conclusion that the vast majority can not or will not advance themselves. I could go on, but then I would be accused of speaking racism....instead of speaking the truth.
Which begs the question,
if "Person of color" is good, doesn't it follow logically that "Colored person" is also good?
Somebody won the nword lottery.
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“rachel jeantel says its ok to use nigga as opposed to n_gger.”
Rachel Jeantel, Black Mensa!
Now is it of use in a polite society? That enters a realm where society still held moral values.
I never used that word as a child or adult and I don't know why. My word while young was “colored”, that seemed to be the word to use in those days. I remember when “black” started being used and I thought that was worse than “colored” as I thought that name was fine. I didn't like the way “black” sounded, it was harsh and black seemed to put emphasis on the “black”.
I remember “African American” for a while, too. There was a period when I didn't know what word to use, except don't use ni-—.
Confusing - guess we should ask Rev. Sharpton every week which word to use. At least we don't have to worry about Hussein - just use Muslim.
I prefer to say nig-nogs for nitwit no goods aka thugs, gansters, criminals.
“What about nigra?”
That is the word that my Atlanta grandmother used, referencing back to the 50s, and she was an upstanding lady.
Private FR mail to follow.
~ Larry Elder, The Ten Things You Can't Say In America
Are you sure? I know it was used freely among the Brits. One of Ian Fleming’s Bond stories had a chapter entitled “Nigger Heaven.”
The chapter was retitled in the American edition.
You mean the C word?
Oh gezzzz...Don’t do that again.
And what ever you do, don’t say the entire CAC phrase.
The Brits used it for any dark-skinned people, like darker Indians, not necessarily just Africans.
You forgot to put the “C” in front of “rap”.