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The N Word 2013

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 8, 2013







This post is about the “N word”. We all know what that word is. It has six letters, rhymes with trigger, and makes the brains of some people turn into jello. It is a derogatory phrase for people of African origin. I try to avoid using this term. Here are four reasons.

1- The “N word” hurts people’s feelings. I have known many fine Black people. I do not want to say anything that will hurt these people. As for the not so fine Black People that I have known, they are G-d’s children, just like me.

2- Being heard saying the “N word” can cause all sorts of problems. This can include physical retribution, loss of employment, lawsuits, and having to listen to enough loud angry words to make you wish you had never learned how to talk. The use of the “N word” is not going to fly

3- It is not a fair fight. There is no equivalent phrase for a Black Person to say to a White person. I do not wish to give that power to another group of people … to turn me into a mass of incoherent rage, just for hearing a six letter word. The closest thing is “Cracker”, which I only recently found out was an insult. We once had a minor league baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers.

4- The use of the “N word” demeans the user. When you say an insulting word about another human being, you make yourself look bad. For a Black person, using the “N word” degrades them as the object, as well as the speaker. Why would a person would want to do that to their family and community? This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.






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  1. humanTriumphant said, on July 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

    My congratulations to you for tackling a subject that most are uncomfortable to openly address in a public forum because a debate on the matter cannot be “won.” As humans, we know we shouldn’t degrade one another and we quickly learn what racism is (and have to acknowledge its presence). In my experiences with children, I am truly convinced that they do not see “skin color” as “different” other than a descriptor of sorts. We learn hatred, fear, what to “value” or “discredit.” Many whites going into parts of Africa are often appalled to hear that Africans taught their children to fear white people, warning them that whites would eat them. (Let me rest for a couple of beats for that reversal news on cannibalism to sink in.) So, in a particular setting, using any particular word may be nomenclature that isn’t meant to degrade or set up fear or hatred – only a reversal of differences to set oneself apart. However, when choosing a word that IS degrading if someone else outside of a particular culture says it, a group knowingly sets into effect an “applied anthropology” in an effort to “right a wrong.” Unfortunately, it creates more confusion & chaos, and there are always those who will climb aboard that train & add coal. I know I’ve turned this into a dissertation and my apologies, but one last remark — perhaps hip-hop, as a whole, would better serve all in telling its story by adding contributions of how to make positive changes to these perceptions (and I salute the few hip-hop artists who are attempting to do just that, rather than merely celebrating the negatives).

  2. Suzanne said, on July 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Well-written piece! I particularly like reason #3. Thanks for sharing!

  3. punnypalaver said, on July 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Love the photography–your reasons are valid–also if humans are made in G-d’s image, then you are also insulting G-d by being derogatory to His created image.

  4. Tara R. said, on July 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve wondered about #3 too. There really is no equivalent insult for white people, and I agree that makes it an unfair fight.

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