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

    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?

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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 doesn't express racial superiority of one race over black people.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    No, words are meaningless outside of context.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    I think, generally speaking, if a White guy uses it, it's racist, if a Black guy uses it, it's slang for 'bro'.

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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'.
    I think this kind of double standard is frankly sad.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    I think this kind of double standard is frankly sad.
    Why is it sad? The Blacks make their own culture's rules. If they want to use the word, then it's fine with me. I'm not gonna use it.

    It does seem ghetto from my perspective, but it's their business.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Why is it sad? The Blacks make their own culture's rules. If they want to use the word, then it's fine with me. I'm not gonna use it.

    It does seem ghetto from my perspective, but it's their business.
    If a word is truly disparaging and racist then it shouldn't matter who says it and what context it is used in. No one should use it. Any black person who goes around using the word nigger or nigga or some other form of that word has absolutely no business bitching about other people using the word.
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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?
    It's a racist term that can be used in a manner that doesn't convey racism. I asked some of my black friends this and they told me that for them, it was a way of claiming ownership of who they were and what they were worth. Almost a 'turn attacks against us into badges of pride' type thing.

    Regardless, I have a hard time seeing how someone not in that culture could use the term in a non-racist fashion.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Caedon View Post
    It's a racist term that can be used in a manner that doesn't convey racism. I asked some of my black friends this and they told me that for them, it was a way of claiming ownership of who they were and what they were worth. Almost a 'turn attacks against us into badges of pride' type thing.

    Regardless, I have a hard time seeing how someone not in that culture could use the term in a non-racist fashion.
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    Re: Is the "n word" a racist term regardless of the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caedon View Post
    It's a racist term that can be used in a manner that doesn't convey racism. I asked some of my black friends this and they told me that for them, it was a way of claiming ownership of who they were and what they were worth. Almost a 'turn attacks against us into badges of pride' type thing.
    I've heard people say that as well. Which means that it isn't a racist term regardless of the context.

    Regardless, I have a hard time seeing how someone not in that culture could use the term in a non-racist fashion.
    So if a white actor says it in a movie as a character, is he a racist? Nothing is ever simply black or white like that.

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