This Comment by Alda on the post Why The ‘N’ Word Is Cool To Black People (And No One Else)
I am a black African (born, raised, and residing in Africa) and I have never, at any point in my life, understood the use of “nigger/nigga” among black people, whether American or African. Yes, some Africans have decided that because some black Americans call each other “nigger/nigga”, then we should as well. Its ridiculous. It is not part of my vocabulary or my own specific history. As soon as I get wind that “nigger/nigga” is part of someone’s vocabulary I let them know up front that they should not refer to me as such, even if they think they are using it as some sort of term of endearment. Yes, it is the 21st century, as the writer pointed out. But nobody is “my nigga”, nor do I want to be anyone’s “nigga.”
Food for Thought:
Is the use of hatred and violence charged words ever a good thing even if used in an attempt to diffuse them by the group it hurts?
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