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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2007 - 07:10 am (Link)

The Word "Nigga"

Speaking as one of the pasty faced crowd, raised both in the north (NYC) and the south (Mobile, AL), I grew up hearing it both as an insult and as a term of endearment/kinship/brotherhood.

One thing I've found in both cases, is that the speaker makes himself sound extremely ignorant.

Words ceased to have the power to shock me many years ago, and have since become a method I use to determine whether the speaker is someone who has something worth saying. I hear words like nigger, cracker, kike, et al, I tend to tune out anything else that person is saying as irrelevant.

Rappers use it in songs, and it's supposed to be OK. I'm not into censorship, but have had a low opinion for rap lyrics since the early eighties, because it seems like almost every song is saying the same thing
over and over again. From what I can see, there hasn't been an original rap song in 20 years plus.

However, that's another subject altogether.

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 19th, 2007 - 11:43 pm (Link)

Re: The Word "Nigga"

to be fair however, you aren't the intended audience. My argument is specifically that if you don't like what you hear, you SHOULD tune out. You always have the right to change the channel. For instance, I can certainly say that there has been plenty of original rap music in the last 20 years. But then, I am a fan, so naturally my ear is going to be more discerning. Conversely, I'm not a fan of horror movies and most of them seem identical to me. I think arguing the shock value of the word is a red herring. Who says the speaker is trying to shock anyone?

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