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The variants neger and negar derive from various European languages' words for 'black', including the Spanish and Portuguese word negro (black) and the now-pejorative French nègre, the 'i' entering the spelling "'n-word'" from those familiar with Latin. Etymologically, negro, noir, nègre, and 'n-word' ultimately derive from nigrum, the stem of the Latin niger ('black'), pronounced [ˈniɡer], with a trilled r. In every grammatical case, grammatical gender, and grammatical number besides nominative masculine singular, is nigr- followed by a case ending.
In its original English-language usage, 'n-word' (then spelled niger) was a word for a dark-skinned individual. The earliest known published use of the term dates from 1574, in a work alluding to "the Nigers of Aethiop, bearing witnes." According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first derogatory usage of the term 'n-word' was recorded two centuries later, in 1775.
Wiki N word
originally posted by: EnigmaChaser
I mean, do most people walk around feeling comfortable calling Jewish people “k!kes”?
originally posted by: galaga
originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
originally posted by: Krahzeef_Ukhar
As a Richard Pryor fanboy, I need to be able to say the "N word" to appreciate his greatness.
As a Patrice O'neal fanboy, I need to be able to say the "N word" to appreciate his greatness.
If I really wanna sing along with "F the Police" and appreciate it's greatness I need to say the "N word" to state the name of the band.
Is it possible that the limiting of the "N word" isn't about appeasing white guilt but silencing dissenting black views?
As I have seen, using the "N word" is accepted in parts of AA culture.
I'm not sure your argument.
But let me give you one of my own.
I would suggest no.
But this is only my perspective, as a "white boy (of native American decent)" that worked for 3 years with an MLK jr project that uplifted the Black voice.
The interesting thing was, at that time no labels as described were thrown around.
We all got along, and the friends I made still get along.
If the artist's I know are not making race an issue, I suspect you are coming from a vantage point that goes beyond my experience.
I will appreciate your follow up.
I stopped reading at "white boy of Native American decent"
You know damn well that's impossible and stop being a damn culture vulture.
I absolutely hate it when white people say that are part Native Americans when they dont even look like a Mexican.
White people that have Native blood are called latinos. This is a fact.
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
a reply to: ketsuko
I admit to using like in my speech that way on occasion. It's habit I picked up during those days.
like omg, tell me you weren't a valley girl wanna be. LOL