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Is it ever OK to use the N-word?
The Morning Call ^ | September 13, 2013 | Peter Hall

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.
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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at articles.mcall.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; academicbias; deptofjustus; doublestandard; holderspeople; identitypolitics; justiceaintblind; language; nword; trayvonwas1; universities
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Once again, laws and Court rulings do not apply to all Americans - particularly when they do not advance the socialist/racebaiter/homosexual/gungrabber agendas. No doubt, she preaches this enthusiastically to her classes.

Miller is an African studies professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.

1 posted on 09/14/2013 2:44:18 PM PDT by kevcol
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To: kevcol

In a rap, it’s fine.


2 posted on 09/14/2013 2:46:46 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: kevcol

rachel jeantel says it’s ok to use nigga as opposed to n_gger.


3 posted on 09/14/2013 2:47:58 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: kevcol

when referring to bama or holder


4 posted on 09/14/2013 2:49:17 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: kevcol
My Favorite Movie of All Time, and no not for the reason this author is talking about here.

But because it is a perfect match of Satire and Humor, with No Spirits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HRbsejTyw


5 posted on 09/14/2013 2:49:35 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: kevcol

The question reeks of fascism. It’s just a word, saying it anywhere in any context is just speech.


6 posted on 09/14/2013 2:51:07 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: kevcol
With No MEAN Spirits.

Damn Phone FReeping.

7 posted on 09/14/2013 2:51:52 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: kevcol
Is it ever OK to use the N-word?

Yes, it is and you're not special.

8 posted on 09/14/2013 2:52:20 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: rockabyebaby
rachel jeantel says it’s ok to use nigga as opposed to n_gger.

What about nigra?

10 posted on 09/14/2013 2:54:29 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: kevcol

When watching “Blazing Saddles”-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7QF32mxftE

I am amazed that this movie has not been banned yet from existing.


11 posted on 09/14/2013 2:55:17 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: kevcol

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.


12 posted on 09/14/2013 2:56:42 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: kevcol

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.


13 posted on 09/14/2013 3:00:47 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: kevcol

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 ?


14 posted on 09/14/2013 3:04:27 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: kevcol
It's OK to use the word anytime you want - if you're black. If you're white and use it, it's offensive, get with the program!

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.

15 posted on 09/14/2013 3:05:00 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: kevcol

Yes, but only niggardly.


16 posted on 09/14/2013 3:05:54 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“nobama”????


17 posted on 09/14/2013 3:06:35 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kevcol

There are people brought up right who don’t use any kind of word.


18 posted on 09/14/2013 3:06:37 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: kevcol
Miller is an African studies professor..

Do I even have to guess this woman is as racist as it gets but it's all perfectly OK because she is:

A. black.

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..

Commentary: After Trayvon: What’s Next?

WHAT A SURPRISE!


19 posted on 09/14/2013 3:09:33 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: kevcol

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.


20 posted on 09/14/2013 3:12:51 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: kevcol
Of course it is, Professor Miller is quite niggardly for even positing such a notion.
21 posted on 09/14/2013 3:13:07 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: jeffc

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.


22 posted on 09/14/2013 3:13:11 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: kevcol

I’ve never used it, and I can’t imagine using it. Still, I do believe in freedom of speech.


23 posted on 09/14/2013 3:16:14 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: luvbach1

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!


24 posted on 09/14/2013 3:17:07 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: Zeneta

If so, I’ll take watermelon & chicken!
I’ll keep cracker & honky.

Do I need to buy a vowel?


25 posted on 09/14/2013 3:19:31 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: BwanaNdege
Shhh, don't say it out loud, the NSA is listening!


27 posted on 09/14/2013 3:23:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: kevcol

What about “renege?”


28 posted on 09/14/2013 3:24:12 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: kevcol

Can we still use the word “ niggardly “ ?


29 posted on 09/14/2013 3:24:31 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: gop4lyf

What about the words that rhyme, bigger, digger, rigger, figgur, zygger?


30 posted on 09/14/2013 3:25:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: sushiman
Can we still use the word “ niggardly “ ?You ain't joking, There was a case of a teacher who used it, got spanked by the administration and the courts. It's forbidden in school (self-censorship as in the latter day Communist countries), because the willfully ignorant descendants of cannibals might object.
31 posted on 09/14/2013 3:28:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: kevcol

Well, there’s a feller named Nigro. (FYI)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_M._Nigro

Democrat from Philly.

Figures.


32 posted on 09/14/2013 3:37:17 PM PDT by Ceausescu (Thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the virgins, they're to die for.)
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To: kevcol

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.


33 posted on 09/14/2013 3:38:52 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Don't forget:


34 posted on 09/14/2013 3:48:48 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Zeneta
Colored has found the same fate.

Which begs the question,
if "Person of color" is good, doesn't it follow logically that "Colored person" is also good?

35 posted on 09/14/2013 3:49:15 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: kevcol

Somebody won the nword lottery.


36 posted on 09/14/2013 3:49:26 PM PDT by omega4179
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37 posted on 09/14/2013 3:59:43 PM PDT by narses
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To: rockabyebaby

“rachel jeantel says it’s ok to use nigga as opposed to n_gger.”

Rachel Jeantel, Black Mensa!


38 posted on 09/14/2013 4:13:48 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: kevcol
Yes it IS! It's a word. One of the goals of PC is to distort/disrupt the language. Bad is good, good is bad was an early example.

Now is it of use in a polite society? That enters a realm where society still held moral values.

39 posted on 09/14/2013 4:20:47 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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My mother was born in the 1800s in Arkansas and ni-— was the only word she ever knew to call them. It was just a name to her like “French” or “Irish” would be.

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.

40 posted on 09/14/2013 4:36:20 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: luvbach1

I prefer to say nig-nogs for nitwit no goods aka thugs, gansters, criminals.


41 posted on 09/14/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: luvbach1

“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.


42 posted on 09/14/2013 4:44:16 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: kevcol; rockabyebaby; luvbach1; Gen.Blather; Zeneta; jeffc; arthurus; Dallas59
Blacks Niggas are more racist than Whites

~ Larry Elder, The Ten Things You Can't Say In America

Fo shizzle.

43 posted on 09/14/2013 4:49:09 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Dallas59
I could go on, but then I would be accused of speaking racism....instead of speaking the truth.


44 posted on 09/14/2013 4:52:36 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: arthurus

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.


45 posted on 09/14/2013 4:54:15 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: layman

You mean the C word?

Oh gezzzz...Don’t do that again.


47 posted on 09/14/2013 4:59:59 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: layman

And what ever you do, don’t say the entire CAC phrase.


48 posted on 09/14/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: scrabblehack
I know it was used freely among the Brits.

The Brits used it for any dark-skinned people, like darker Indians, not necessarily just Africans.

49 posted on 09/14/2013 5:02:30 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Viennacon

You forgot to put the “C” in front of “rap”.


50 posted on 09/14/2013 5:13:34 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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