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…And The Infamous ‘N’ Word Rears Its Ugly Head…

Posted by Miss Allie Cole on August 14, 2010

Yes…It is indeed 2010 and over 300 + years later, this one little word with one big meaning, and apparently several different uses has managed to cause some controversy, again.

‘Nigger.’

‘Nigga.’

‘Ninja.’

‘Nephew.’ [Okay, Snoop Dogg, This is exclusively your term…but you all get the point…]

In the event that you haven’t heard about it, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a famous talk radio show host, who is educated and more than old enough to know better,  feels as if it is okay for a person of non-black descent to use the N-word, regardless of its intent, because of the way that the people of black descent throw the word around. [She references how black comics as well as rappers use the word ever-so-freely.]

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
DR. LAURA: It depends how it’s said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s ok.
CALLER: But you’re not black, they’re not black, my husband is white.
DR. LAURA: Oh, I see, so a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.
CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the n***** word, and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: I didn’t spew out the n***** word!
CALLER: You said “n*****, n*****, n*****” and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: Yes they did, and I’ll say it again: n*****, n*****, n***** is what you hear on HBO.
[Crosstalk]
DR. LAURA: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence? Don’t take things out of context. Don’t NAACP me, leave them in context.

One of her callers, who is in an interracial relationship wanted to know how to handle her Anglo-Saxon in-laws and friends when they use the N-word while around her, because it makes her uncomfortable. Instead of this talk radio host, who is well aware of proper radio etiquette, giving the caller much needed advice, she went on a rant, using the N-word more than eleven times in a five minute spanTell me that’s not out of control…BUT don’t take my word for it…listen for yourselves…


Are you convinced of her apology? Was that sincere? Or did her boss simply tell her to get out there, suck it up, and don’t lose our sponsors?

Because it is 2010, and this word has a strong presence in the song lyrics and daily dialogue of some of our favorite heavy hitters, such as: Lil’ Wayne,  Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy, T.I. and etc…does that make it acceptable for everyone to use now? Is it mainstream? Better yet, is it a money maker? Are rapper and performer’s responsible for the level of comfortability that other races (outside of African-Americans) have using this word that use to be…dare I say it, taboo?

My GradeA Readers…what do you think? Should we just abolish it from our language period? Is that even possible?

-C.A.C.

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2 Responses to “…And The Infamous ‘N’ Word Rears Its Ugly Head…”

  1. Mr. Put On said

    To be honest… I’m tired of the double standard… not to say that it makes it ok for white people to use… but why are we using it, yet attempting to put a ban on the use of a word for people who are not black.

    As long as the word in whichever form isn’t used in a malicious manner.. I really don’t even care anymore… cuz i’d just as likely jab a black man who maliciously called me a nigger as I would a white person who did the same.

  2. Lecia said

    I understand what she means when she says that they say it all the time. I think it’s wrong that African-americans are still calling each other and them selfs n*****. So other people think it’s ok and that it dose not matter. African-Americans need to stop saying it so others stop. Why are we insulting our selfs? Stop saying it.

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