thesoulsedge wrote:Very interesting...I USED to believe there was a difference between "black person" and "nigga". Whites would tell me that I was "a black person" not "a nigger". But I now see this as "divide and conquer". I don't divide myself or my identity. My skin is black so I am and will always be a nigga. I even have the word tattoed on my chest.
As DMX says, "if you forget where you're from, someone will remind you." So blacks are niggas period.
But I don't like the word "nigger"...that's racist. But "nigga" (with an a) is ok.
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
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