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13-10-2016, 11:42 AM
Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
I've often wondered this.

I've googled it in the past and one reason given is to empower black people. For them to 'own' the word.

Just wonder what others think.

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13-10-2016, 12:16 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
I have heard similar--that it is about taking the power out of the word. I personally don't like to use the word, it's a horrible reminder of a horrific part of American history. But I support African Americans using it if they feel it is empowering in any way.
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13-10-2016, 12:19 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
It's like good friends calling each other asshole or assorted names you would not call others. It's comradery. And yes, there is the aspect of "owning" the word.

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13-10-2016, 12:31 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
Why does it matter?

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13-10-2016, 01:05 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
(13-10-2016 12:31 PM)morondog Wrote:  Why does it matter?

You can apply that question to anything.

I'm just interested in hearing peoples opinions on why.

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13-10-2016, 01:20 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
Just like any word it can be used to convey an idea or emotion. It's all in context. Like the word fuck. Most people realize it offense. And it's suppose to the be the WORST WORD! but it can be used in so many contexts. But substituting it with another word like N-word or F-word. Doesn't change the definition. You say N-word you still mean Nigger.

I remember a while back people were trying to campaign to remove it for the English language. Just like the word Bossy. To me that's just sounds stupid. I've used words that don't even appear in dictionary. And fining people for using a word, is just against our constitutional rights.

But like any word you use it enough times it just becomes a sound.

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13-10-2016, 01:31 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
Hi there. Now as one of these niggers my self I myself still don't get why it is offensive for white people to say it. I get the whole history argument, but hispanics say nigger all the time, and they don't have a perfect history with american negros either. And the whole I also don't get how I can use words offensive to whites and no one bats, but when I what person just repeats what someone says and the word nigger comes out, then you are going to far. Words only have power if you give it to them.

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13-10-2016, 01:48 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
I don't know why but I'm all about not offending people and if it upsets people's sensitivities I'll scratch the word off my list.

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13-10-2016, 02:06 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
(13-10-2016 11:42 AM)bemore Wrote:  I've often wondered this.

I've googled it in the past and one reason given is to empower black people. For them to 'own' the word.

Just wonder what others think.

Because intentions are generally perceived differently when whites use the term towards blacks, and when blacks use the term towards white. It goes without saying that if someone is uncomfortable with you calling them nigger, and if you then take it upon yourself to call them that anyway, then you're clearly not using it as a term of endearment.

Add to that historical conditions whites often implied when using the term, and perhaps you get the picture.

The question shouldn't be why can't I call black people niggers, but rather why do you want to call them niggers.

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13-10-2016, 02:46 PM
RE: Why is the word Nigger offensive yet black people use it?
To me the word has a massive negative connotation associated with it. I do not and will not use that word.

I have a racially diverse family and that word is never, ever, used by anyone at any time.
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