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hmangini
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8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.
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8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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8/6/2014 11:40:53 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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Okay, but can't any race use it offensively or as an "object"?

Why one race over another?
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8/6/2014 11:43:27 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:40:53 AM, hmangini wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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Okay, but can't any race use it offensively or as an "object"?

Why one race over another?

I agree. It seems to be the same logic as feminism, though. Since one group was unfairly treated in the past they believe it is fair to treat them differently now to make up for it.
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8/6/2014 11:53:03 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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8/6/2014 11:56:03 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:40:53 AM, hmangini wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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Okay, but can't any race use it offensively or as an "object"?

Yes, and many do.

Why one race over another?

Some people (incorrectly) look at the word as offensive in any use no matter of the intent, so if you are not black then you are saying an inappropriate racial slur. But if you are black, then it is kind of like insulting yourself, which most people don't have a problem with.
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8/17/2014 12:14:20 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

No, it is not racist. It is foolish though. No-one should be using that term, especially African Americans. I think it's actually a defense mechanism on the macro scale. What I mean is that usually a good defense mechanism is to take a negative thing someone says about you, and to turn it into a joke or laugh at yourself about it. What they've done is taken a negative term and have turned it into a term of recognition, a compliment, and in some cases use it still as a negative term between one another.

What we need to do, as a collective, is to move beyond these terms altogether. We can't erase our history of slavery, we can't just magically remove the animosity that African-Americans feel when they hear that word used by a non-black. What we can do though is work towards a point where such a term no longer has any modern meaning. We see many words that are rarely used anymore, for instance check out this link: http://www.buzzfeed.com...

If we can move beyond using it commonly, regardless of what context it's used in, that would be the best solution. Racism is only alive because we keep it alive.
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8/17/2014 12:37:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's just a word. I did some research on it and it's not a curse word. Yea it's been used on blacks, but now it's just another term for "dude." You can't be completely "Safe" with words because it's too complex to hold a "safe" terminology. Some of my friends would get offended by you calling them "african-americans" because they're not from Africa. You give power to the words people call you. Now in a relationship/friendship, it's different not because of the words being said, but it's the intention to harm the other person with insults.
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8/17/2014 12:57:02 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

No race/group should ever use that word. It's disgraceful.
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8/17/2014 4:12:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

A word is not racist, the meaning behind it is (or the entire sentence that it is in). And a single word and have multiple meanings. Ergo, the same word can be used in a racist way, or a non-racist way.
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8/18/2014 9:04:42 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Well, it is correlated with negative semantics based on the times of slavery. The core meaning is "black".
The negative weight the word holds will probably dissolve as time goes by. It's modern use depends on the context I guess.
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8/18/2014 9:55:12 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:43:27 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:40:53 AM, hmangini wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:30:21 AM, sdavio wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

It's the intention behind a word which is offensive, not the word itself as an object. IMO
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Okay, but can't any race use it offensively or as an "object"?

Why one race over another?

I agree. It seems to be the same logic as feminism, though. Since one group was unfairly treated in the past they believe it is fair to treat them differently now to make up for it.

This is a misconception born out of the assumption that there is only one school of thought for feminism.
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8/18/2014 11:45:12 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

The Fool: The Term has notoriously been used by nonblack people to stigmatize blacks as less than human. Thus it's been used as a weapon against them.

However when a black person uses the term they do so on equal footing with black people. In this way, it is generally to recognize a shared identity within a group as equals, and not between groups as inferiors.

However some white or nonblack people do get away with using it in a non-derogatory way.. We tend to let it slide when its from people who have some color and identify with black people, or white women who are dating black men. (Especially if she also has a black child.) It"s offensiveness has a lot to do with the context and the tone in which it was said.

In a similar way, It's also now more common for gay people (at least where I am) to call each other the F word on similar grounds. But we can clearly see why It's offensive, for Non-homosexuals(Outgroup) to call Homosexuals that.

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8/19/2014 12:09:30 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I just ask white people this "Why do you want to say nigga?"

In a society where white, straight males have all the advantages, you can't let me have this?
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8/22/2014 4:56:00 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

While it does depend on the intention of the word's usage, restricting the word completely to one ethnicity without regard to anything else is unquestionably racist.

I mean, Africans who socially stigmatize other ethnicities' right to utter a sound!? I'd say they are guilty of stark verbal segregation!

Yes, it is very racist and very, very hypocritical.
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8/22/2014 6:46:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/17/2014 4:12:00 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 8/6/2014 11:19:42 AM, hmangini wrote:
Is it racist that it is only acceptable for African Americans can say the 'N' word?

I am not racist nor do I promote any racist comments. Racism can be applied to any skin color. Please be courteous.

A word is not racist, the meaning behind it is (or the entire sentence that it is in). And a single word and have multiple meanings. Ergo, the same word can be used in a racist way, or a non-racist way.

There is no way a white man can say nigger and have it come across as non racist.
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8/28/2014 11:00:04 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
It may sound racist. It's the same for gay people, they call each other fagg*t and it is not big deal, but if a straight person is calling them fagg*ts, then it clearly has different connotations.
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8/28/2014 11:06:18 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/26/2014 11:57:38 PM, apb4y wrote:
Niigger!

There, I just said it. If that makes me racist, so be it.
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