The Connotative Meaning Of The N Word In African American Culture

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Meanings are in people, not words [Sapir-Whorf] (186). From this movie we gather that the “N” word has had, and still has, harmful impacts on many African American Individuals. African Americans have had their life defined by the “N” word. From culture to culture words have different meanings; the “N” word in white American culture was demeaning and disrespectful toward blacks and still is today. This is the denotative meaning or the dictionary meaning. African Americans today use the word within themselves to weaken the word and make it a friendly gesture, this is a connotative meaning. From this video we learn different perspectives on the “N” word and how powerful it actually is. This video was very uncomfortable for me to watch, I never

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