You simply can not say that somebody can not say a term, racist or not, due to their race. That in itself is worse racism than the term can ever succumb to being and furthermore if you are white, asian, or hispanic, there is no problem with you saying the "N" word. It's a racial barrier that's being created. I often hear people who protest with BLM, or Black Lives Matter, say that they want racism to stop, but these are the same people who say only blacks can say the N word. Those don't match up. Another argument given is that white people cannot say it because their ancestors did, which is ignorant at best, since therefore people may not speak because their ancestors did.
It's not even that you should be allowed to
It's that you shouldn't have the right to say what you want taken away from you. A big point that people in general, more specifically african americans, make is that "white people are racist," which A) In itself is racism and that "they can't use that word because their ancestors used it," which is about as retarded as saying that "Hello!" is off limits because our ancestors used to say it. You can say it if you want. There's no problem. It's not politically incorrect. Don't be dumb. Say nigga if you want.
We should all be able to say it if we are talking to anyone who is in any friend group of "gangsters"- colored or white or any race- as long as it's not an insult. 1. Because it's free speech, 2. It's not meant to hurt anyone if it's used as a friendly word, and lasty, 3. If you tell someone white not to say it, you're just a liberal hater.
So, free speech. It's free speech, and free speech is one of your First Amendment rights; if you're at all familiar with the Bill of Rights, it states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." So, now you know that not letting whites say it is violating their Amendment 1 rights. Violating rights is also against human ethics, "Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein," quoted from the UNDHR, or Universial Declaration of Human Rights. Next, being racist. This is being racist because the 33% on here that say no, and a majority of the general public, are saying that only blacks can say this. If that's not racist, I don't know what is. It is also humanely unethical to be racist, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. " and "Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms ... Without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status," both quoted from the UNDHR. So, that's being racist for you, now, the liberal haters. You're just a liberal hater if you say that people can't use this word. You're a hater, not only to who says it, but to, essentially, every black person in the country- as it symbolizes their history, though cruel. The liberal part comes in because, in order for no one to say it, it's gonna take a lot of money to make sure no one says it, not to mention the part where they would have to remake all the dictionaries, and all that good jazz. Just, everyone should be alble to say it. GIVE THIS WORD A NEW MEANING AND SAY IT IN A FRIENDLY CONTEXT! Besides, why can girls call each other their bitches if men can't cal each other their n****s?
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Giving black people the right to say Nigga but other races can't say it without being called a racist, doesn't that sound very similar to what happened back in the 1950's, "Hey black people, you can't go into the white people bathroom, that is only for white people", don't these 2 phrase sound somewhat similar? Funny how most people thought the second phrase was racist and the first phrase is not even though all I did was change the subjects.
If the offensiveness of a word depends on what color the person is who said it, then the word itself is not offensive. A word that is truly offensive would offend regardless of who says it and in what connotation. Besides just saying a word isn't illegal. The fact that people are so hyper-reactive to a word is what gives it its power.
Yes, everyone should be allowed to say the "n" word, even though it is terrible when they do. In the United States, people have freedom to speak their mind, as long as they do not hurt others. This freedom is very important. Even though I think the "n" word is a terrible thing to say, people should be allowed to use the word if they want to.
I mean a word is word and I think it is how one uses it that may be the distinguishing factor on how one reacts to it if that makes any sense. I do not think people should get offended if someone uses it to refer to a genuinely ignorant person.
Go back to the history books. If black slaves did not act the way White folks wanted them to were punished, and in many cases, murdered. This word was invented by White people as a pejorative for blacks, used every time a black person was beaten, insulted, raped, lynched, whipped, and mistreated. It was a tool of oppression.
Not everything should be "in bounds" to us as white people. White women can hopefully begin to (though never fully) understand this when you think about the ways in which you are denied voice and space by dominant men.
Just because we are not welcome to use one word in the English language does not mean that we are being discriminated against.
Just because we cannot say the word, but a black man can, DOES NOT mean it's a DOUBLE STANDARD. It's something that society must expect already. It wouldn't be bad if I kissed my fiancé, but if YOU kissed my fiancé, that would be. . *That* is not a double standard. Even though I can kiss my fiancé, doesn't mean you can too.
Who paid for the word with their blood, sweat, and tears? Who suffered years of physical and mental abuse because of slavery? You see, the controversy over being able to say the N-word isn't about how it's said. It's about the history behind it. All we ask is to simply don't say it. Those who aren't black just don't understand why the word means to much to the black community. After years of racism, prejudice, and discrimination we have finally taken the word back. White people are privileged with white supremacy and the benefits in the American society. What more do they want? That word is one of the only things we finally have and they want to take that from us too? It's a shame. I don't care if you mean it in a "friendly context". It's disrespectful. It's not just your ordinary curse word. It's part of black culture and we'd like to keep it that way. "Besides, why can girls call each other their bitches if men can't call each other their n****s?" You can't compare the two different words. N**** DOESN'T MEAN A MALE FRIEND. THERE'S OBVIOUSLY A REASON WHY IT'S SO OFFENSIVE. *sigh* White people and their ignorance. When will they understand?
White people used it as a slay towards black people for hundreds of years and they still say nigger towards us now. Black people took the 'er' off of the word and put an 'a' to make an obvious distinction between the two words. We use it as a friendly term towards each other, so I feel that white people shouldn't be able to say it since they had it for hundreds of years anyways. Just my two cents.