The N word started from the early as the 17 century a lot of people had found it really offensive because for what the meaning behind it also the way people say it to the black people. There are two sides, one side is all about how they are against the N word and the other side is all about how they are not against toward the N word .The N word is offensive because it is meant to discriminate black people. Many people have been interviewed for what their beliefs are toward the N word. Also, some of the people also have been interviewed for the N of how it isn 't offensive to others.
The N word is offensive because it is meant to discriminate black people. During the interview for the against side, one of the three people had stated, “The ‘N’ is not taken the same as if you were speaking to your …show more content…
As this is a word that comes from a descriptive word, this may discriminate and dehumanize people who are of darker skin as they feel like that this is the only thing that they are. This word is usually used as a racial insult, and it is considered extremely offensive. The word is linked with violence and brutality from whites using this derogatory term to describe what black people are”. This happens to support the claim because it states of how the word is used towards people even if they have darker skin.
As for the second side if the word should be considered appropriate, they believe that it should be appropriate. The N word should not be considered offensive because the word is given its meaning by society, there are much bigger racial problems, and it is used to refer to common people in their lives. While the interview one out of the three believes that it should be appropriate because one of them said, “It’s just a word”. This happens to support their claim because it can be taken in multiple ways, a decision has to be made in order to make this word
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Why is being called a “Nigger” so hurtful for African Americans currently to date? Being called a, “Nigger” means to be called ignorant, dark-skinned, or of African descent. To this day, we’re still being called that awful word although it is not to be used anymore. It is a racial slur that should never be used and if it is used should be high consequences. This is the biggest insult to Black people everywhere.
According to Lemon, African American should stop using the n-word especially if it does not pertain to the conversation. “By promoting the use of that word when it 's not germane to the conversation, have you ever considered that you may be just perpetuating the stereotype the master intended acting like a nigger?” This claim is strong because it causes the reader to think about how saying that word may really be feeding into the stereotype. Also, he includes a scenario that gives the reader an example of how the word is used so casually. “…on my way home when I exited the subway in 125th Street in Harlem.
I always cringed when white people or non-black used to word thug to describe someone because more often than not, it is used, like the N-word, as a biased insult to describe someone as unintelligent, menacing, and a vagabond. Moreover, when people like that do use or think of that word, they usually envision someone black, young, and a male. I agree with McWhorter that the word ‘thug’ is in fact the new version of the N-word and I also feel like it is rude and unacceptable for white people to lightly use the word ‘thug’. In addition, I support the speaker’s claim that black people do not think of the word the same way that white people do.
In the article, “In Defense of a Loaded Word”, the author Ta-Nehisi Coates claims the use of the n-word should be exercised exclusively among African-Americans. Although Coates claims the word should be used, it shouldn’t be for several reasons. Firstly, the origins of the word came from a very dark time period in America when slavery was yet to be abolished. Second, because of the fact that Coates believes only African-Americans should only use this word and no other race can is a double standard. If, for example, a black person addresses another black person with the n-word, the context of the word is taken as a friendly greeting, but if a white person were to say the n-word to a black person, then the context of the word would change and be perceived as an insult to the black person just because a white person said it.
The n-word can be dated back to the 17th century. Its evolution began as a derogatory word, to now as a "friendly" term, some may say. This common word can be heard in everyday talk, in the media, or in hip-hop music. Although it’s a common word, many people feel uncomfortable with it or say it has a double standard. In the article we discussed in class, I picked up on a few points that stood out to me.
In recent years, the word “nigger” has been changed to “nigga” and used as a term of endearment. The word itself was originally used as a hateful slur used to offend and suppress people of black descent, but is now often being used as a casual term to refer to one’s friend or acquaintance. In this day and age, it is acceptable for all individuals to use the word “nigga.” “Nigga” has been primarily used between black people and several people believe that it should only be used by black people. Marc Lamont Hill from Columbia University states, “White people should not use it.
In the time of slavery, the word was looked at as a common and harmless (except in the African Americans minds) word that was used by white Americans to describe an African American slave. In today’s day and age, the N-word is looked at as a common word that is also very offensive word that can harm anyone. The view of the N-word in general has changed into being an effective word that can hurt someone of any race, which changes the mind set to thinking that the word is bad and should not be used. The N-word in today’s educational system has brought about a questionable topic.
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The oxford dictionary had much to say about the word “nigger.” The oxford dictionary said, slave masters got the name “nigger” from the Latin word “Niger” meaning black. They also got the word “Negro” from the meaning of the Spanish diction meaning “black” also. They used the word “black” to describe African American’s instead of letting them have their names or giving them an actual name. It wouldn’t be so bad
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I think that the word nigger, is appropriately used when talking about race or oppression. It needs to be said so people can feel the weight that it carries. Many people say that only black people can say the n-word because the word was used to oppress them. I think that when saying the n-word, context is key. It can be said by anyone
Gloria Naylor, in her essay, “The meaning of a word” describes language as a subject. We know subject is anything that is generally discussed or dealt with. So Naylor wants to say the language is a thing where it has lots of meaning and perceptions. She writes her own personal experience clarifying how a language could be misleading and misinterpreted. She writes her own experience and tries to convince the readers about different forms of a word.