Jul 17, 2007

The debate on the N-word is one of those things that I am definitely torn on. On the one hand I understand where the people who say that the word is a term of endearment are coming from, but then on the other hand I also understand where the older generation is coming from when they say that the word is evil and can never be meant for good. I mean really this is one of the only words that I know that is drenched in blood. Can we ever really wash away the blood that has been spilled due to this word? I for one am trying to decimate this word out of my lexicon, but it has proven to be harder than I thought. I know it will take a conscious effort on my part to achieve my goal, but it sure isn't easy. Let me know where you standing and whether or not you are struggling with this dilemma as much as I am.


  1. I wouldn't say that I am struggling with the N-Word. Frankly, I have a problem with the media using N-Word instead of just saying the word Nigger. By saying N istead of the word takes the sting out of the word. However, the word is still hurtful and demeaning to folks who know that nigger was meant to degrade and keep us from ever thinking we were anything. Education is the key to letting our younger brothers and sisters know that there is no term of endearment when it comes to the word nigger. White folks made up the word and White folks control the word. We need to understand it's not our word it's theirs.


  2. I feel you ladies on this issue. I'm also trying to make a consciuos effort to rid this word out of my vocabulary, but it is posing a bit of a challenge for me as well. I believe, as with any habit, it didn't develop overnight and therefore it's going to take twice that much time to free yourself of it.