posted on Nov, 25 2003 @ 03:49 AM
This is something I constantly hear by white people (BTW, I am also white). "It's such a double standard. Black people can call each other
"N!gga" and it's cool, but if a white person does, he's a racist."
My response is, that's right.
1. It was white people that started using the word "n!gger" as a derogatory and demeaning label for their black slaves. It is still used by white
people with the same intent.
2. Groups of people that are called a specific name, as an attempt to degrade or insult them, often take that term and start to apply it to
themselves, but with a positive meaning. This is done to diffuse the negative implications the term has on their psyche or community. If you make
something your own, it is more difficult for others to use it against you. For instance, the term "Yankee" and the song "Yankee doodle dandy"
were insults from the British about the U.S. during the revolutionary war, but somewhere along the line, Americans adapted "Yankee" to be a
patriotic term, and it ceased to be an insult.
3. Why is it so very important for a white person to need to refer to a black person as a "n!gger"? Is your vocabulary so poor, that you cannot use
any other word? What purpose does calling someone a "w0p" or a "sp!c" or a "n!gger" really serve? There is no reason for someone to call
another person a name, that they know will be perceived as an insult, unless they have something to prove.
If you really don't mean to be insulting, then there are a million other ways to describe or speak to someone of another race, without being
If you do mean to be insulting, but try to justify it with the statements, "N!gger can mean anybody that is sub-human, not just a black person",
or "If they can use that word, then I can too", you are not fooling anyone. You show your true, ignorant, racist, colors just as clearly through
that thinly veiled argument as you would without it.
[Edited on 25-11-2003 by jezebel]