sexy365 wrote:YOU SAY LEAVE IT IN HISTORY, BUT OFTEN HISTORY IS ALWAYS INCLUDED IN THE PRESENT AND FUTURE. IF YOUR SAYING FORGET IT THEN I REALLY DON'T THINK THATS POSSIBLE. I'LL NEVER FORGET WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM, WHO STARTED IT AND WHY.
Should Nigger be Used as a term of Endearment in the Black Community and Everywhere?
Randall Kennedy argues that the word nigger should be usable by all people as long as no one is being harmed. “There is nothing necessarily wrong with a white person saying nigger, just like there is nothing necessarily wrong with a black person saying it. What should matter is the context in which the word is spoken” (Kennedy 51). Here Kennedy argues that context can determine how nigger is used, and to treat the word otherwise would transform nigger into a kind of fetish. Fetish by definition means to treat something with unusual obsession or devotion. (Merriam-Webster 430). However, Randall Kennedy’s argument that all people can say nigger is easily contested because though the word is a fetish, it is a fetish for a reason. The word nigger creates an obsession for people because of its historical meaning. In other words, if the history of the word stigmatizes it, then how can common use of the word, even by those who perpetuated its historical meaning, generate a new meaning? Kennedy’s suggestion of people using the word only with good intentions shows his dismissal of the contextual past
STREETGANG111 wrote:Me personally I don't use the word nigga. Cause that's who I am I think that's real stupid when we as BLACK people, consider our selves to be niggas. I hate it when I see and hear my brothers greet another brother, as a nigga. That really disturbs me on how so many of our ant-sisters, died and BLACK leaders. Died so that we wouldn't be called a nigga or a nigger we really need to get it together, as a community and as a race we are so corrupted. That we put our selves down and we don't even realize it we are really messed up, we come from KINGS & QUEENS we are royalty. And it really hurts to see that we don't mind calling one another that the slave master, called our ant-sisters back in slavery. Ain't no way in the world we should be calling each other that word, but get mad if somebody of another race call you a nigga. That's stupid I hoenstly belive if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could see how our community is so screwed up he would honestly, turn over in his grave. And if he could have seen this before he took a stand he wouldn't have died, he would be like I'm going to die and this is the way they act. We really need to get it together we are falling to the bottom of the todom pole, we got other races doing better than us. And we are the strong we out here so screwed up that we're out here killing each other, we got our guns pointed in the wrong direction. Out here killing each other cause a brother is a crip or this brother is a blood, that's so dumb that you'll kill your brother. Over a color or street that we don't even own, I just hope that it isn't too late for us to turn around.
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