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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    I just want to see how many people think that the "n word" is inherently a racist term, or if it is more complicated than that. I personally think that context is important regardless of what the offensive term is. I wouldn't consider a person racist for using the term regardless of the context. Context is incredibly important. What does everyone else think?
    No, it isn't. One doesn't have to be black to be a nigger. I know plenty of white niggers.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I think, generally speaking, if a White guy uses it, it's racist, if a Black guy uses it, it's slang for 'bro'.
    Uhhhhhh, noooooo, it's not a compliment, or a term of endearment when a black person uses it on another black person.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Uhhhhhh, noooooo, it's not a compliment, or a term of endearment when a black person uses it on another black person.
    That's not true. I've heard it used as a term of endearment in the past. Everyone has their own views of the word as you showed above. Not everyone feels the same way you do about the issue, nor do they feel the same way I do. We are all individuals who view things differently.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    above is my point. of course it's a hot button word, because of its historical use. maybe in 100 years, it won't be.
    Sorry, didn't realize that was your point based off:

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    i think it is, regardless of the context.
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    frankly, i think it's a disgusting term, used by anyone. racist when used by non blacks, yes, for what would ever be a legitimate reason to use the word?
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    seems to me if used by a white person it would always be used to insult, if not shock. why use it at all?
    I see you've now possibly changed your stance to a much more reasonable one that there are ways in which it can be used in a non-racist way depending on context. My post was being typed prior to you seemingly reaching that position and going off your multiple prior statements

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Though my view is not PC, I only associate the n-word with African American gang bangers or the like.

    An honest living African American is not deserving of the term. They deserve the respect of every other person.

    I have nothing against African Americans but gang bangers of any race make me mad.

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    That's not true. I've heard it used as a term of endearment in the past. Everyone has their own views of the word as you showed above. Not everyone feels the same way you do about the issue, nor do they feel the same way I do. We are all individuals who view things differently.
    Trust me, it's not true. It's the same as calling your wife/gf, "bitch". You might get away with it, but there's nothing polite, complimentary, or endearing about it.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    No.

    Take any word out there.

    Only when the person writing or speaking it means it in a derogatory manner does it become so.

    That said, some words have gained a certain amount of inherent negativity, due to their popularization as such in most persons thinking.

    For example, if I hear the word “nigger”, I automatically think “Is that person racist?”

    I then examine further possibilities, while still having that first thought in the back of my mind.

    So, in general, it is a negative word to use. Although I am sure there is a positive way to use it…
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Trust me, it's not true. It's the same as calling your wife/gf, "bitch". You might get away with it, but there's nothing polite, complimentary, or endearing about it.
    So suddenly you can speak for every single person who has used the term?

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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    So suddenly you can speak for every single person who has used the term?
    I can speak for my culture, sure. If I said to my parent's, "nigga' please!", or, "'sup, muh nigga?", can you imagine the ass whippin' I would get?

    Anyone, black or white, that thinks there's any kind of positive connotation to the word, "nigger", has alotta growing up to do.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I can speak for my culture, sure. If I said to my parent's, "nigga' please!", or, "'sup, muh nigga?", can you imagine the ass whippin' I would get?
    You are speaking for your personal experience. Not everyone is the same.

    Anyone, black or white, that thinks there's any kind of positive connotation to the word, "nigger", has alotta growing up to do.
    Whether or not you think they are grown up has nothing to do with it. If they mean it as a term of endearment, they mean it as a term of endearment. Your personal opinion of it has no bearing on that.

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