Why is it Only Expectable for Black People to say “Nigga”?

Just like cultures and traditions, words change over time too. The controversy of the word “nigga” has created in my opinion, an unnecessary tension. The word nigga originates from the word nigger; a term used by other races to identify African Americans. Some argue that the use and meaning of the word “nigga” is heavily dependent on the context, situation and tone. Others disagree and believe that there is no difference between nigga and nigger, and take offense. Author H.Lewis Smith “believes that replacing the ‘er’ with an ‘a’  changes nothing but the pronunciation…Nigger was and still is a word of disrespect.” (Phil Middleton and David Pilgrim, “Nigger (the word), a brief history!.” African American Registry. 2001. Retrieved 03-14-2007.) Although I say the word often in my everyday speech, I do believe that it is wrong to use the word regardless. My problem is that majority of the African American society gets rallied up about races outside of ours, more so the white people about using the word. Why? Ok yes, the term was created by the white society, but what justifies the fact that we still use a word that was used to describe us? Nigga is used more among the younger members of all racial backgrounds. If we (African Americans) stop using the term to identify our (“brotha’s, sistah’s, homeboy’s and homegirl’s) then maybe people wouldn’t feel so freely about using the term. “However, the entire human race must recognize that this term is used, and in an even much larger abundance than it was decades ago to dehumanize black people in America.” (Aziz, Nicolas. “Hip-Hop and the Globalization of Nigga.” Huffington Post 8 Sep. 2013) I truly believe that it is ignorance amongst everyone and that we should stop throwing the term around.

 

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2 thoughts on “Why is it Only Expectable for Black People to say “Nigga”?”

  1. I think you have stated your idea very well and agree. These words that categorize individuals only create boundaries between people that are totally unnecessary to have. In addition I believe your solution to the problem is an easy an effective one. It does not take much, but if everyone stops using racial words then there will not be anymore boundaries. Things will never be kind of offensive or very offensive because one will not categorize based on race, but in order to do that the racial words must be eliminated from everyday language

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    1. I completely agree with what you wrote about. I would never use that word and I feel uncomfortable when I hear it used by others because of its historical negative connotation. However, I believe that the use of the word now comes from African Americans reclaiming the word. Just like the LGBTQ+ community reclaimed the word queer and how women are starting to reclaim the word cunt. By taking a word that was once used against you and changing its meaning, you start to take away the negative effects of the word. This is just my thought process on why I think the word is still frequently used today.

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