Nigger: The Most Controversial Words In African American Culture

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Take a deep breath, look yourself in the mirror, close your eyes then count to ten now say it out loud and proud “nigger”. Not the n-word, not this unspeakable forbidden word just nigger. Depending what you look like, how you were raised, or where you are from, that was either grueling and painful or slid through your vocal chords with ease. It’s astonishing that a word cultivated in the 1800s can still bring pain and anger to the African American community as well as being an uncomfortable road for any Caucasian to tread. Nigger stands as the most controversial word in the English dictionary many have fought for its removal entirely, while others see it simply as a watermark of history that shouldn’t be tampered with. No matter where you stand on the issue one thing is clear. The time has come for African Americans to stop being offended by the word nigger. The first recording of…show more content…
An ideology was created that justified the use of deceit, exploitation, and intimidation to keep African Americans bared in every major societal establishment only to offer legitimacy to the racial hierarchy. ("Nigger (the Word), a Brief History") Ministers would preach that God was white and had condemned African Americans to be slaves. Scientists would measure the brains, faces, and genitalia, of African Americans only seeking to prove that Caucasians were genetically superior. Caucasian teachers, teaching only Caucasian students, taught that Blacks were less evolved cognitively, psychologically, and socially ("Nigger (the Word), a Brief History") With that information in hand it is safe to say that for over the course of 245 years (PBS) no other word existed with the sole purpose of demeaning and lashing out cruelty to a single group of people quite like

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