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Quick question - January 15th 2018, 08:00 PM

I was talking to a black friend today, and we somehow got in th topic of the N word. She said nobody should use it no matter what race you are, because itís degrading, I completely agreed with her. But she then said that, because Iím not black I canít talk about the N word at all. Is that true? I was just saying that I donít like the word and it should never be said. She basically said Iím not allowed to talk about the N word at all.
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Re: Quick question - January 16th 2018, 03:21 PM

It is degrading, but it really depends on who you're around with. Some will be really offended with the word and some throw it around as part of their speech.

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Re: Quick question - January 17th 2018, 09:19 PM

Hey there. I'm going to move this thread to the Current Events and Debates forum because I feel it fits better there and that you'll get more replies there.

I think that the N word is offensive and not something that I should ever use. However, I suppose in the case of others...It depends on each individualís views. Iíve come across people who use the N word in everyday speech but others who donít like it in any way shape or form.

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Re: Quick question - January 17th 2018, 11:51 PM

So I will never ever use that word. In my opinion it is disrespectful and degrading. Everyone is allowed an opinion on that word. Also some people use it in their daily speech. I know that some black people do use that word a lot they will say stuff like "hey how is my [insert word], He is my favorite [insert word]" and stuff like that. It all depends on people and how you were raised I guess.

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Re: Quick question - January 18th 2018, 12:06 AM


There are a lot of people who do not use this word. I know that within the African American community there are people that use this word but feel strongly about people who are not African American using it. Essentially, there are some minority groups who will utilize the derogatory words that they have been called in order to take the power away from it's usage. I am blanking on what this is called. Anyway, that tends to be why some African Americans are okay if it's used within their community. This is something a lot of minorities do though.

I don't tend to like to use any derogatory terms and I don't like when others do. I know there have been huge debates about this particular topic but it might be best if you avoided using the word.

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Re: Quick question - January 19th 2018, 05:10 AM

It all depends on the context. It is absolutely a disgusting word, and frankly, there isn't a parallel to it because in that word there is a long history of hate and degradation. That said, if you were saying it in a context (perhaps an academic context) such as, "White southerners called Martin Luther King a nigger", I don't think you should take any heat for that. It's a fact. It's not like you were trying to degrade anyone. That said... be careful who you say it around anyway.
The idea that you can't DISCUSS the word or its usage, however, is BS. Of course you can, why can't you? If it offends her to talk about it, theres no need to, but most people arent like that. I don't know, maybe I've forgotten some things about being fourteen. I took until high school to actually start swearing without looking over my shoulder. But if you are so afraid to discuss the word itself, then you're giving the word far too much power. It's a sign of needless fear.

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