The Dreaded Nigger Word. Whoops.

NiggaPlease

Hey, nigger! Hey, n-word!

Tomato, to-mah-to.

What does a word even mean? Have they ever really meant anything? If people create and define words, does it make sense to also police each other and define what can’t be said? Who is allowed to do the policing? That thing you’re saying is just a sound; why can’t it be said?

Ohhhhhh… because of its history. Gotcha. The same history that actually had this word start as a neutral term.

People have defined plenty of words in a variety of languages and, guess what, sometimes things change.

Terrific used to mean frightening.

Lemons into lemonade and all that jazz.

I choose not to say it, but that’s me; it’s a personal choice. You don’t get to decide for me, both those who oppose and support it.

Before you prepare to debate this, just let the knee-jerk emotional response pass and think about this logically, not as a person with an axe to grind, but rather one who sees the ways in which we actively perpetuate this foolishness.

Shit, I’m supposed to be unbiased.

Then watch this TED Talk on what makes a word “real”

Peace out, party people!

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