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"nigga" vs. "the n-word"
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ultradeepbase
Feb 08, 2007
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Nigga is not an obscene word, and may be used freely by anyone.


brivapor
Feb 08, 2007
2 convinced
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the way you spelled out the n word speaks volumes about the power and offensiveness of the word

nuff said

 
7x13
Feb 08, 2007
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Rebuttal to: reezer Show

when you say "Well , my black friends say it; why can't I?" isn't this racist? I am not a racist nad I do not believe in the n- word or "nigga", but if one person can do it shouldn't all. This is what Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. fought for: equality. Why should they be albe to say it and not any other people. This is my only question and once again I don't approve of these words.

 
sixthsiren
Feb 09, 2007
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What makes a word offensive IN MOST CASES is the context in which it is used. The -er spelling from the beginning was meant to be oppressive and offensive. I think somewhere down the line someone decided to try to put a positive spin on the word and came up with the SOMEWHAT current way it is being used now with the -a ending and in it's context meaning "homeboy". Kinda like bad now sometimes can mean that something is really good. Like, "Man that new mustang is bad!" It puts a positive spin on a negative word.

I can't speak like I know what it's like to be black. But I know what it's like not to be white and being called something racist. I'd like to see this words current usage (nigga) continue it's trend into becoming something that is meant to be positive. So much so that the original derogatory meaning becomes lost. You'll never keep people from using it. So why not be positive about it.

 
hyperion
Feb 09, 2007
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nigger is just a word. i don't use it, but if i did it wouldn't be in a racist context because i'm just not that kind of person.

when people are afraid of saying a word, they give it more power. i swear like a sailor, and my brother goes OFF HIS NUT if anyone says something as tame as 'crap', because he is afraid of it.

it's just a word, get over it.

 
rajio
Feb 08, 2007
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Its just language.

 
spannic
Feb 08, 2007
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Rebuttal to: reezer Show

I agree with you on the fact that the black community should not be saying the word because it is meant to be offensive.

But because black people say it as though it meant buudy or pal, they should not be offended when they see a white guy saying it to another white guy. The fact of the matter is that the ignorant people will never learn until the word is not misused.

So for now, it should not be offensive.

 
dueonmaplestreet
Feb 16, 2007
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stop being offended by it or stop using it. Too many dumb white kids try to emulate that lifestyle and that language and eventually it will become accepted unless it is just flat out stopped. Its hard to find respect when you talk like you're uneducated and you only train the rest of the world to give you dirty looks. People assume the worst from people that dress "Ghetto" or "Gangsta" because the rappers talk like they have a speech impediment. I've met some guys, white and black, that dress like that and are very intelligent, but you wouldn't think it to look at them, because they look like guys that say Nigga and mouf and I'll be right thur. Language is the voice of your thoughts, convince people you are as smart as you are.

 
wnaroot
Sep 27, 2008
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niggggas are hektikkkkk !
why would it be racist ?
the people who think its racist are justt faggotsss

 
datgoonchick
Feb 17, 2009
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nigga should not be allowed to be used freely! its not a word that is accepted. people that are not of the african american race use this word in the wrong matter. Blacks have gone through so much to get where we are today. We have a black man in office now, we have black lawyers, black doctors; the way that whites look at African Americans is the wrong way. They think that we of color are not as knowledgeable as they are. When you come to realize that we can do everything that whites can do. when a white person says nigga they are using it to tear them down emotionally and mentally scar them. nigga is being used in a derogatory sense to denigrate.

 
kaleb
Feb 17, 2009
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nigger is just a word, and people will hate other people with or without it. the word does not come from an attempt to put a group of people down. "nigger" has the same roots as french "nègre" or spanish "negro". it just means "black". it was, granted, american slavery that caused the word to be used to describe all people of african decent, but that is like saying the the word "jew" (meaning literally "from judea") is offensive because hitler tried to kill them. its absurdly backward thinking, and it encourages a victim mentality that has kept the black man (is "black man" be offensive?) down much more effectively than anything else.

 
ashram
Jan 30, 2012
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Racism is a really bad thing.
But when the fear of racism comes in, it's even worst.
We can't be afraid of telling a simple word because it's racist. People who try to find a "polite" way to call black people or gay people are much more racist and hateful than those who just say "Nigga".

Black people call each other "nigga" and if white people are not allowed to do the same, this means that the real racists are the black.

 
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Nigga is just the current version of "the n-word" and should not be used freely.


beth27
Feb 15, 2007
1 convinced
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I personally think that any version of the "n-word" is disrepectful to how hard African-Americans worked and how far they have come in society. This word needs to dissolve just like segregation and discrimination did.

 
mcgheeworld
Feb 23, 2007
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Nigga is not the current version of the N-word. Some people don't pronounce the "er" at the end of their words. Mutha-7ucka! It's always been around and it is one of the most overused and ignorant words known to man. If people truly understood the meaning and the dehumanizing nature of that word, then they would never use it. "Ain't nuttin pimpin bout dat". When you hear the comedians say "if a white man uses the N-word then..... Keep in mind, they are jokingly serious. If a black man uses that word with a threatening tone, keep in mind, they are dead serious. Remember it's not what you say, it's how you say it and the word nigga should never be said. If a person sits back and listens to it over and over, you begin to realize how stupid it is.

 
reezer
Feb 08, 2007
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The sheer ignorance of people who think swapping two letters totally changes the offensive nature of the word makes my head hurt.

And don't give me that "Well, my black friends say it; why can't I?" sh*t.

THEY shouldn't be saying it!

 
patternjuggler
Feb 08, 2007
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"Nigga'" is just the phonetic spelling of the way that black people pronounce "nigger". I don't know if this debate is really about the original n-word, but as posted it seems to be whether or not changing the spelling makes it okay. And the answer is no. Not unless you're completely stupid. If you are in fact completely stupid, I apologize for my remarks.

 
nbcrusader
Feb 12, 2007
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All forms of the N-word are the same. It is not about what is "offensive". It is about controlling another group of people by policing what they say.

 
tggdan3
Feb 15, 2007
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This is a case of disempowerment- they're wearing out the term and redefining it in hopes of eliminating the impact of the "ER" version of the word.

But they're both the same word that refer to the same thing.

 
dueonmaplestreet
Feb 16, 2007
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I don't want people judging me based on Kid Rock or Larry the Cable Bigot, thinking that they, or George W. are typical white folk. Everyone is created equal. The N word shouldn't be used. Don't try to say God thinks black people are unholy or bad. If God didn't like diversity this world would suck. Hell, there are 30,000+ kinds of spider, thousands of kinds of flowers, numerous different colors in the rainbow, millions of different animals. God was an artist and loved his vision in all its diversity! I figure his theory was we were all created different and equal, we all have a different heritage and viewpoint to bring to the table. Racial slurs are a crutch of the ignorant and noone should be using them. If we could all just look past things that are skin deep and come together and use our collective experience we could as a world make some incredible differences.

 
mcgheeworld
Feb 23, 2007
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Rebuttal to: sixthsiren Show

Just to let you know it did not come from someone trying to put a spin on it. It comes from the fact that most southerners did not and do not fully pronounce the "er" at the end of their words. Floor=floe door=doe, whore=hoe. Even among the black race nigga has and continues to be derogatory. Sounds cool but it's not. Depends on the time and situation. It's used to dehumanize another. As if, it's okay to diregard whether or not a person is a human being. "What's up my nigga" can be said in different ways. Remember it's not what you say, it's how you say it. Or, let's say "f you nigga"
It's an extremely ignorant word and should not be used for any occasion. But the whole idea of putting a spin on a derogatory word by taking the "er' off is not the case. That's how people talk. "get da doe" "it's over der on da floe". "mutha 7ucka" Stuff like that. It just sounds cool.
The black culture is somethng that most people (outside of the culture) will never have a clue about unless...
1. They live it
2. Learn it
3. Understand it
4. Know the history and roots of it.

There are tons of African-Americans who have either overlooked, or, truly do not understand the roots and history of their own culture.

 
woodyster
Mar 18, 2007
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If "white" people got away with what the "black" people do, i.e law suits revoving around the "n-word" we could be rich of of craker and other slang for those of "white desent" (sp?)

 
whatisright
Sep 07, 2008
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Nigga.. Lets look at this for a moment. Some people say its fair game for anyone to use, some say fair game only for blacks, and some say off-limits for everyone. I say this.. In "Pop" culture today, pronunciations of words are constantly changed. Due to our diverse dialects and accents, certain letters become non-existent or "fall off" at the end of words. Ask someone from New England to say "Chowder" and it comes out "Chowdah". Ask a Southerner to say "Fire" and it comes out "Far".

Such is the case for the new "Nigga" pronunciation. It is not a different word with a new meaning. It is the same thing as saying Nigg-er, only some people don't pronounce it correctly. The NAACP and the ACLU say that just because the pronunciation is changed, the word and its meaning remains the same.

So, I propose this. If Blacks want to use the word, fine. Use it. But allow also the fair and constant use of the word by Whites also, and don't get pissed off when White people pronounce it correctly.

If I said Nigg-er as much as I hear Nigg-a only a daily basis, I would have been locked up and branded a racist long ago. In a 2-minute conversation by 3 blacks where I work, I counted 72 times where they said Nigg-a. They called each other Nigg-ers 72 times in TWO Minutes!

Come on already. I'm tired of hearing it. Although, in retrospect I think its funny really. I mean, I can't call you a Nigg-er, but I sure can sit back, relax, and watch you call yourselves the very thing that you despise the most about Whites. How foolish.

BAN THE USE OF THE WORD---or else let me say it without repercussion



 
datgoonchick
Feb 17, 2009
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Rebuttal to: 7x13 Show

yes he did fight for equality; but he did not fight for people to judge or call someone out of their name. A nigger is an ignorant person. So basically a nigger can be anybody. People think that it should be okay to say it but its not because people from the whitre race use this word as a way to denigrate and psychologically su bjugate. Also it is meant to mentally scare the individual identies of blacks in the US. when people from the white race learn to use the word that correct way; then maybe it will be considered by people from the african american race.

 
datgoonchick
Feb 17, 2009
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Rebuttal to: wnaroot Show

no people who think this word is racist are not faggots..you need to get your facts straight!

 
theeflipper
Sep 11, 2010
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The word "nigger" is a derogatory term for black people, and even slave owners called their slaves "niggas" as well but to take an insult and us it as a term of endearment, is completely ignorant, and then the part about white people not being able to say either form of the word is as well. Out of blacks and whites, I feel that whites have the most right to use the word since whites are the ones who created both words. Yes, I feel they're both completely innappropriate no matter who uses them, but there still will always lie an argument of who has the rights to use it, and how it's "NOT" derogatory when blacks use it.

 


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