Why White People Can’t Say The “N” Word

Why White People Can’t Say The “N” Word

I recently found myself engaged in a conversation with a white person who recently discovered the Onyx Truth website & further learned that I am the person who runs the site.  Most of his questions directed towards me were in regards as to why I chose to name the site the Onyx Truth & is this a predominately Black website.  Of course I explained to him my intentions for the site & that it is not a “Black” site per say, but its core audience IS Black people & the site does have a significantly strong emphasis on issues pertaining to Black culture…but all people are welcome to read it & chime in with the hopes of stimulating dialogue.  As we chatted about this & that pertaining to the Onyx Truth, this person asked me a very direct question pertaining to the use of the N word.  His question is as follows:

How come white people are not allowed to say the “N” word?

This was a question posed to me by a white male in his mid to late 20s.  I asked him why is he so curious about the “N” word all of a sudden.  He told me that he has never said the word nor did he ever plan on using the word.  He stated to me that he believed the word to be ugly & flat out disrespectful to an entire population of people.  He further stated that he understood the history of the word in terms of how it was used against Black people, but he didn’t understand why it was so acceptable for a Black person to say it so casually & yet if a white person said it today all hell might break loose.  After he stated all of that, I simply asked him one question:

What is it about the use of the “N” word that makes you feel like you are being denied a privilege?

Of course there was no answer to that question, so I proceeded to explain to him as to why white people cannot say the “N” word.


It’s really quite simple.  First off, there is no law on the books stating that the usage of the “N” word is illegal.  White people can say that word all day long if they want to and not expect to be locked up in jail.  The issue that arises with white people and their use of the “N” word is the fact that it is “socially illegal” to use the word.  “Socially illegal” meaning that if a white person were to casually, jokingly, or in all seriousness use the “N” word; the societal ramifications that would follow could be quite detrimental to the white person using the word.  Societal ramifications such as:  loosing their job, being viewed as a racist, or potentially getting their ass beat by the first Black person who hears them use that term.  In all seriousness, a white person choosing NOT to use the “N” word in public is probably a good thing as far as the white person maintaining their present day standards of health & well being.

What some white people fail to understand about the “N” word & why they are forbidden from using the word as loosely as some Black people choose to use the word is because, the usage of that word is truly the one thing that a Black person can get away with saying with no fear or consequence that a white person CANNOT get away with saying.  I’ll repeat:

Saying the “N” word is the one & only thing a Black person can get away with doing that a white person CANNOT get away with saying.

Throughout the history of this country, Black people have been legally restricted from doing countless things that white people could do.  For a few hundred years, Black people weren’t even considered human, we were property.  After slavery ended, our country entered the Jim Crow era which legally stated that Black people couldn’t live in certain neighborhoods, couldn’t attend certain schools, couldn’t eat in certain restaurants, couldn’t apply for certain jobs, couldn’t drink from certain water fountains, & the list goes on & on.  Meanwhile, white America was pretty much free to come & go as they pleased AND treat Black people like shit in the process.  Black people went from being considered nothing but property during slavery to the Jim Crow era where it was socially acceptable to call Black people the N-word, beat them, kill them, & mail postcards across the country with white people smiling & posing in front of a body hanging from a tree.

Up until the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, this was how America was getting down when it came to treatment of Black people in this country.

During the Civil Rights Movement is when the usage of the “N” word started to change in white America mainly thanks to the media.  During the Civil Rights era, photographic & video evidence was being broadcasted literally all over the world as to how white America was treating Black people.  In order to possibly maintain a “positive” image on the world stage, America HAD to start making some changes with the treatment of its citizens which lead to the Civil Rights Act & ultimately to the use of the “N” word becoming socially unacceptable.  Don’t get me wrong, plenty of white people still use the word to this day…they are just not saying it so publicly as they once did.

Black People’s Use Of The “N” Word

Black people wholeheartedly understand the origin of the “N” word.  The use of the “N” word was merely a way to objectify Black people because like I stated earlier, for a few hundred years, Black people were nothing more than property to white people in this country.  So calling Black people the N-word was a socially acceptable term by white America in order to apply a label to their black property.  After slavery ended, white people had been calling Black people the N-word for so long that even after Black people were freed, the term still remained as a way to label an entire group of people simply in order to preserve white dominance in society.  During Jim Crow all the way into the Civil Rights era when Black people would call each other the N-word or nigga, the term wasn’t being used as a term of endearment.  It was being used as a reminder amongst each other to “help” Black people constantly be aware of their place in a white controlled society.  After the Civil Rights era as society entered the late 70s into the 80s is when the term began to take on the infamous “term of endearment” meaning.

There is this myth amongst white America which is fairly popular in Black America as well that Black people use the “N” word simply as a term of endearment amongst each other such as, “what up my nigga!”.  Truth be told, it is not a term of endearment.  Black people use the “N” word so publicly & nonchalantly simply because we can.  All Black people know & damn near all white people understand that any use of the “N” word by any other race other than Black people (Hispanics have been given somewhat of a pass with using the word) is socially unacceptable simply because the “N” word has historically been used as a term for power & oppression over an entire population of people which literally lasted hundreds of years.  The use of the “N” word amongst Black people is really a way to serve as a constant reminder to the dominant society that all the power that word once had over an entire population for hundreds of years has now been completely stripped away.  Using that word is the one thing a Black person can do that a white person cannot do in a social setting.

Understand, I am in no way stating it is cool for Black people to call each other the “N” word, but I do understand WHY some Black people use it….to include myself on occasion.  A lot of Black people absolutely despise the “N” word rightfully so simply because of the historical context of the word in reference to Black people.  But regardless of how ugly the word is or how casually some choose to use it, when it comes to the reason that some white people question as to why they can’t use it, white folks you need to clearly understand that this word was used historically by white people as a term for power & control over an entire population of people.  Sure times have changed & a lot of white people today are not like how their ancestors were back in the day, but when a white person uses the word casually, it sends out a reminder of the power that once was.  Remember, slavery started around 1619 in the US.  Slavery legally ended in the US in 1865 (149 years ago).  The Civil Rights era happened roughly 50 years ago.   So for nearly 350 – 400 years or so, Black people have been literally been treated like shit & called the N-word by white people in a country that was built off the labor of Black people but yet legally restricted Black people from advancing or seeking equality.

So when a white person asks why it’s not cool for white people to use the “N” word but Black people can, tell them their usage of the word is remnants of their culture’s historical oppression & dominance, while a Black person’s use of the word is really the only thing a Black person can do to hang over the dominant society’s head as an expression for stripping away at that dominance.

With that said…I’m not one to judge the use of the word amongst other Black people.  As long as you understand the meaning of the word & its historical context….then use it at your own discretion.

Your favorite mulatto.


  1. Dick

    March 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

    It’s interesting that Chinese-Americans practically never refer to themselves as “chinks”.

    • Light Skin Super Hero

      March 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

      And why do you think that is?

      • Chinese American

        March 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        Chinese Americans don’t get stuck on the past and don’t get stuck on reparations. Instead they focus on success and your worth to fellow brothers is how successful you are.

        • Gil

          March 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm

          And exactly what has the US done to purposely go out of its way to hold the Chinese down as to where they would need to get reparations to play catch up to the rest of society?

          • Swinging pendulum

            April 27, 2015 at 9:32 am

            The Chinese were used as slave labor to build most of the American railroads, the Japanese were held in concentration camps shortly following pearl harbor. It’s not only blacks who have been oppressed in this country.

            • Onyx Truth

              April 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

              So the Chinese & Japanese were forced to do work against their will for a decade, if that, compares to damn near of 400 years of forced free labor from Black people.

              Secondly, tell me were there ever laws created specifically for Chinese or Japanese people similar to that of Jim Crow laws that was SPECIFICALLY designed JUST FOR Asians to further oppress them?

              Sure every culture has felt the wrath of white supremacy in some fashion but don’t for a second attempt to bolster Asian oppression in America to that of African oppression….especially when the after effects of slavery & Jim Crow are still prevalent to this day that affect Black people NOW. Building railroads & sitting in an internment camp during WWII for a year or so is affecting the Chinese & Japanese negatively till this day how exactly?

              Oh yeah, how many Asians are locked up at the rate of Black Americans? Do you realize that there are more black people in prison NOW than there were black people in slavery back in 1850?

              • mackaveli

                October 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

                Clown never responded back lmao

              • Fabian Schär

                November 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm

                Where´s your freedom America?

              • Justin Wagner

                December 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm

                I’m by no mean a racist and I was never put in the shoes of a slave. However posing hatred to a specific race based off of history is foolish. You comment about 400 years of slavery, and yes this is true. What you must keep in mind is that the history of slavery goes back to the day of rome. Just the 2nd century BC. This isnt 400 years of slavery. It’s happened with other races throughout the history of mankind and like stated above, its time to stop being aggravated by history and look into the future as other races do. Nobody today is a slave so why be aggravated about ancestors that you have never met that were? Hatred towards one is nothing but the work of the devil.

              • Mark

                March 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

                There is so much wrong with your rant that I hardly know where to begin addressing it. First, the only ‘fact’ you prove with your tirade is how unabashedly racist you actually are. Second, there were many laws on the books to subject Asians to horrible treatment up until the civil rights movement. No, they were not enslaved en masse, but they did not have it easy. The reason they are successful is because they tend, as a race, to work harder and value education over sports. The reason I would guess you are unsuccessful is because you seem to think your failures are the fault of anyone but yourself. Take responsibility for your life and your actions and stop trying to blame others for your shortcomings.

            • Mark Chiddicks

              March 6, 2016 at 11:41 pm

              “Concentration camps” in the original sense of the word. They were not tortured or starved – though a shameful action you have to be careful not to imply they were treated ANYTHING like the Jews of the Third reich.

    • Eileen Elizabeth Bowen-Keogh

      June 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      This is an irrelevant point, and I’ll tell you why: If Chinese people DID start referring to themselves that way, it would be well within their right, if it helped them take back that power, and they meant it in love and as a shared struggle. That would be their prerogative, And it would STILL be racist and bigoted for white people to do it.

  2. Simon Sez

    March 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I know of black people that accept white people and they would say nigger to each other like the word brother. The tense and intent of how you use nigger in any conversation is purely based upon the participants. I have had black people that accepted me saying “what’s up my nigga” because we are like brothers. They know I am not racist and don’t play games about it and make some big deal when blacks use it throwing it in the face of society as they demoralize themselves using it. I don’t go running around calling myself a faggot if I wasn’t would you. So why run around debasing the moral turpitude of a race that had to fight their way to equality? Blacks do it all the time. Chinese don’t go around saying Hey my Chinc (sp) or Latinos running around saying Hey my wetback and whites do not go around saying “hey my honky…cracker”

    On the same note I would not go down 8 mile as a white dude and start yelling Hey my nigga” I would get my ass beat. But if I grew up there and knew them nigga’s then they would not care.

    Get it. It’s simple.

    People make so much of deciding for people what to do or not that it is completely CYNICAL “believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.”
    People acting out of Social Persuasion or Upbringing instead of what they truly believe for themselves. Ask Oklahoma University and SAE. Those kids were brought up that way. Not directly taught but taught by actions of their parents, peers and mentors. They just got caught. That is a good thing. The world is changing its view based on a new social media populous. It will right itself. People are rising up now.
    Thanks to all “my niggas” for being decent and promoting humanity instead of racism.

  3. Collin CG

    March 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Why do we keep dwelling on the past? Gay people aren’t allowed to get married, and they get called F*ggots all the time, AND they were killed/hung, yet you don’t see them going around say “Wassup my f*ggot” (If they do, it’s an extreme minority) So explain to me the difference, please.

    • Onyx Truth

      March 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      The day I start writing about gay issues is the day I’ll address that.

      • Collin CG

        March 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        This isn’t about gay issues, you just don’t have an answer.

        • Onyx Truth

          March 31, 2015 at 8:47 pm

          What I write about on this website pertains to black society.

          Gay issues or gay slang or gay whatever…I really don’t care.

          • Collin CG

            March 31, 2015 at 8:49 pm

            My question is regarding black society.

            • Onyx Truth

              March 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

              “Why do we keep dwelling on the past?”

              ^^maybe you should re-read what I wrote.

          • Collin CG

            March 31, 2015 at 8:52 pm

            You also said “Cracker” is not the same as the N word, how so? the N word was used to diminish black people, and to put them down. “Cracker” is used to diminish white people, and put them down. Difference?

            • Onyx Truth

              March 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

              You can’t be this dumb.

              The term cracker in reference to how black people have historically used it was in reference to the person holding the whip which made a cracking sound when it struck a slave.

              The term nigger was merely a word used to describe a slave owners PROPERTY (slaves).

              Now tell me how you think both these words hold equal value.

              • Collin CG

                April 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

                It’s a racist term, used in attempt to make a WHITE person upset. Same as the N word.

  4. Eileen Elizabeth Bowen-Keogh

    June 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Hey! I just wanted to say, GREAT article!

  5. Mercury Helium

    July 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Great article, may nigga’ ! 🙂 (Y)

  6. Michael Brock

    October 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I totally don’t agree ,we all understand the history of the n word but it should be lost amongst everyone Today .Segregating people from using certain words that’s not acceptable should we now turn around and say black people can’t use the word honky?


      January 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Segregating people from certain words? 1 word, that’s all we ask for in a society where white privilege runs free. Any other word idc, but why do people feel the need to refer to black people as slaves? We should segregate people from certain words, because unlike “honky” the word nigga has a deeply painful, horrifying past where it was said to people who were treated as PROPERTY.

      • Feli

        January 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

        Well it’s not that painful if you are using it eh? (Sarcasm) And who are YOU to tell me or anyone else what hurts our feelings or has deeply hurt us? I was walking home from school one day and some black lady pulled beside me dumped her drink on me and told me to get my “cracka ass back in the house where it belongs” just because I was a white girl walking home during black vs cops issues here in the midwest. If I can’t call you names you don’t like then don’t call me names either. Get it? It’s just that simple and I think what most of us are asking for/wondering why we can’t say the n-word it’s not that we really want to say it really makes no sence to say something can’t be said because it causes YOU pain but it’s totally OK for you to say something that causes ME pain. :/ That in and of it’s self seems racist “I’m going to degrade and disrespect you because those words don’t cause me pain but empower me”.

  7. love yourself

    November 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I feel a type a way when any race other than black ppl say it and I’m black I hated when I hear out of any other race mouth but since they whine about saying it what can u do but saying everyone but white ppl can’t use it wtf if they use it the whites can to and this coming from a black person

  8. thesillymonkey

    November 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    If it wasn’t for white people, you blacks would be back in Africa living in Mud huts everything you have you owe to YTs. You blacks are still building your huts out of MUD and taking cow piss showers!


      January 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      And here we have, an uneducated, ignorant human. Fabulous.

    • David Mitchell

      April 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Not only are you stupid, but you’re racist too. And man, you are REALLY stupid.

    • Uncontainable Spirit

      April 26, 2016 at 11:16 am

      A village somewhere is missing an idiot.

  9. lilac meadow

    November 29, 2015 at 12:28 am

    people who say white people cant say the “N” word are racist like my god man its 2015 no one owns slaves like that from the old days. I live in America and We don’t own any slaves for the use of them like in the 1940’s (tbh I don’t really don’t know when slavery kinda ended so don’t get all mad that I didn’t use the right date) the only slaves America has are fucking sex slaves and that’s all, it sucks a lot but bruh the “N” word is just a fucking word white people shouldn’t be called racist for it, people use the “N” word to say it,I don’t know why white people say it but like my fucking god people we still have racist people in the world but most people I know arnt racist and don’t even give a shit about the “N” word (i’m only calling it a “N” word because I know fucking pussys read this and will get butthurt over it.) I swear people who think only “blacks” can say that word are just racist, I don’t think the “N” word is racist at all. people who say its bad for a white person to say it are just plane racist to me I had a little argue with a random ass white dude because I yelled the “N” word to my boyfriend (hes colored and he doesn’t even give a shit about it) and the white dude said “Girl your white you cant say that, only blacks can” like my god people whats better a white person saying the “N” word or being racist to blacks and white people by saying only black people can say it. like bruh we don’t have segregation no more we don’t own any slaves only Africa has slaves, like my god yall are just pussys for thinking that a white person cant say nigga white people might of grown up in the hood and everyone there just said nigga and acted like a gangster and it stood with them, I don’t even care If I have poor grammar on the internet all you little grammar police can just go suck a dick I don’t care No one needs to use grammar on the internet is just dumb so bye (and I do have grammar so dont go calling me dumb like thats gonna hurt me)

    • Heroes

      December 31, 2015 at 7:29 am

      You are so uneducated that it makes me hope for the end of America sooner than later (joking!!). First, you are so misinformed it would be useless to spend the time to even correct all the information you misrepresented.
      I would like to point out that you believe that slavery ended in the 1940’s. If you had any understanding of the impact on an economic, societal and psychological level, you would understand that 60+ years would not even be close enough to have this conversation. If we were only 60ish years passed slavery there would still be much more oppression. For proof, go and check how things were in the 1940s (that would be about 60ish years after the abolishment of slavery).

      Also, NEVER try and say you don’t see the reason the word is so bad or has such an impact. Of course, we will never know (as non-black) and shouldn’t try and use that defense to make it seem like it shouldn’t be an issue.

      If you want to combat and start a dialogue, then make sure you are prepared with reasoning and suggestions. Not criticism to something you do not understand.

      I can’t believe how stupid you are. I can’t believe a POC would date someone so ignorant. I honestly can’t believe I took the time to respond to someone who will not read this, and if a response is given, it will be a direct attack.
      I understand I attacked you but I also gave reasons to show how your argument was terrible. Personal attaks are not a good practice in debate but I couldn’t resist.

    • David Mitchell

      April 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Does being so dumb hurt your brain?

  10. disman

    December 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I am white as the driven snow and while I won’t go around calling anybody a nigger I certainly won’t censor myself by using some childish replacement phrase such as “the n-word”. Just as I won’t go around calling somebody a spic or chink but I have no problem with using it in context, such as “Hey did you hear that guy calling the Mexican woman a spic? That was disgusting!”

    For instance if we are discussing Huckleberry Finn I won’t say “N-word Jim”, no if we are discussing it I will say Nigger Jim as that is what is written. There is no problem with using any word contextually and I won’t allow anybody to censor me.

    • David Mitchell

      April 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Don’t be surprised when someone punches you in the mouth, then.

      • disman

        May 5, 2016 at 11:50 pm

        That person shouldn’t be surprised when they are met with deadly force for assaulting someone who conceal carries.

  11. Heroes

    December 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

    “Black people wholeheartedly understand the origin of the “N” word.”

    I do not believe this quote is representative of the truth. Maybe in a very basic way. If everyone was very educated on all the facets, the word would be used less within the AA community. You can argue that it is possible to “retake” the word and make it positive, but from my understanding from published literature on the topic, that theory is flawed and needs reworking.

  12. Kat

    January 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

    this sort of feels like we’re being divided by race. i don’t like it when everyone can’t say or do things because of their race. i’m not just talking about white people not being able to say the n-word. i thought everyone was entitled to the same opportunities, only being excluded because of lack of skill. i do think its wrong to tell someone not to say certain words just because their ancestors did it to be fuckasses; unless they’re trying to insult you. if that’s the case then yell at them.
    what i said is probably going to be brushed aside because i’m white.


      January 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      It is perfectly acceptable for black people to tell white (or non-blacks) not to say the n word because of what their ancestors did – they used the word to refer to blacks as PROPERTY. Even in the Jim Crow era it was used by white people to show their higher status, they were no longer slaves but they could be referred to as one without ANY repercussions. So if you say it today, whether as an insult or casually, (some) black people will take offense that you’ve used a word that refers to them being slaves, a metaphorical white man’s property.

  13. jacks

    January 9, 2016 at 4:52 am

    ?? A word is a word is a word. If a word is thought to be disrespecting then don’t use the word. If the use is acceptable to one culture and used where another culture can hear or is part of conversation how can one say don’t say don’t say what I say because it is disrespecting? Talk like you would like to be respectably talked to.

  14. Gil

    January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    If gay issues are so important to you, then you write about them. I’m not gay, I’m not going to speak on behalf of gay people. If that offends you…too bad.

  15. Luther

    January 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Black mentality = petulant child from what Iversion read here

  16. A girl

    February 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    My mum is fully Nigerian (and black), and I grew up there for a year and bit, and occasionally still visit (I’m mixed race), and I talk to and explain to my Nigerian friends and family about this whole thing about the N word and why white people can’t say it and bla di bla and they don’t get it all. I think the approach some African Americans have towards their place in society and racism, is kind of twisted, and a little bit extra. Sure I think everyone should understand what happened and not forget about it, but the only way in which things can get better is by MOVING FORWARD. We as people will never succeed if we just sit around and blame the white man for everything, and surprisingly there are a lot of people I know that have this approach, “What’s the point, I’m not going to get into the uni I want, I’m black” ” I didn’t get the job I wanted, its because I’m black, not because I showed up to the interview 23 hours late and played the race card as soon as I decide someone’s hostile behavior towards is solely due to my race” .I can say now that the fact I’m mixed means I don’t suffer the same kind of systematic oppression, and yes I have ‘light skinned privilege’, but I’ve known the struggle and I’ve seen my mum struggle, and I felt that pain of not being accepted by my white friends or my black friends, pf feeling like a didn’t belong, of people playing ‘guess my race’ every time I meet them, of not looking as pretty as ‘a mixed person should be’ (idek), of people calling me dad a n***** lover (fucking gross) I felt that struggle of kids teasing me and calling my mum a gold digger, because of course, she clearly only married my dad because she was a poor condemned black African women who needed a white man to save her (sarcasm btw), (despite the fact she had a higher salary than my dad lol). My mum finds the N word irrelevant, and I don’t agree with the use of the word, AT ALL. I don’t care in what context its being used, its dumb to use it even by black people, it makes no sense. It would be like me seeing an acquaintance and being like “Wassup cunt”, no one does that (unless you know that person super well and its in a jokey context, but people don’t casually refer to themselves as ‘cunts’ or use derogatory terms as pronouns. And I think if you’re a black person who uses the N word casually and sprinkle it into your everyday vocab then you have no right to get angry when you hear white people using it. If everyone just stopped using it all together, then white people wouldn’t use it, therefore this entire argument wouldn’t exist. And people need to stop referring back to slavery for every goddamned thing. Like any other event in history it should be recognized, acknowledged, taught and understand, but not used as an excuse for failure in the black community, black people were not the only people the experience slavery over long periods of time. My sister and I, my mum and my dad lived in rural/urban Italy for 7 years, my mum for 9, and the amount of ignorance and commentary and racial slurs and judging stares my mum went through was phenomanal, but what did she do? She didn’t sit back, get butt hurt over a comment and blame the predominantly white population for her failure, she worked even harder, proved her self worth, completely ignore any comments or conversation to do with her race, blanked the stares, didn’t give sanctification to the ignoramuses, she held her head high, never forgot where she came from, celebrated her culture, loved those who hated her (which btw is like the best way to deal with haters) and drove that bright white station wagon everywhere, and smiled when she stepped out of it and people gave her the “a back woman driving a car!!?!!!??!!” look.
    Lmao this has just been my rambling but, yeah wanted to share my experiences

  17. Henry William Peck

    March 6, 2016 at 3:14 am

    After an entire day of listening to rappers sing about niggas and bitches I feel like I’ve become desensitized and entitled to use those words if I wanted to. And it’s not like i want to listen to that music all day long, it’s what they play at work. And I am offended by that word.

  18. Mark

    March 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    In response to the question posed by the author: “What is it about use of the n-word that makes you feel like you are being denied a privilege?” First, there is an answer. I’m sorry if you asked someone who’s not capable of cogent reasoning in a pinch, but the answer is simple. I am a citizen of the United States. The first amendment guarantees me the right to free speech. The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. If it is acceptable for one group of people to say a word, it must be acceptable for all groups, regardless of the history or sociaL weight of the word itself. An attempt to control a word is an attempt to control thought. Control of thought is a reprehensible idea pushed by intolerant people who believe that only their way is the right way. It is abhorrent to me that the very definition of acceptable language use should change so dramatically simply because of an overconcentration of dermal melanin. Finally, it is completely irrelevant how oppressed you believe your ancestors were, or how oppressed you think you are. White privilege is a myth that I’m not guilty enough to buy into. Ask a white 5th generation coal miner in West Virginia how privileged he is. The next bit that I will say is true regardless of race: work hard, and you will succeed. Beg for $15 an hour minimum wage so you can keep working at McDonald’s, and you will fail. Own your actions, obey the law, check yourself rather than blame another. There are no contradictions. If you think you see one, check your premises.

    • David Mitchell

      April 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      The first amendment protects you from recrimination from the government, not from other people. If you decide to drop n bombs, don’t be surprised if a black person decided to smack you. And your inability to recognize white privilege doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means you’re too dumb to see it.

      • Mark

        September 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        So… Your only response to a reasoned argument is to threaten that someone may smack me, and an ad hominem attack about intelligence from someone who starts sentences with “And”. David, I fully understand the purpose and execution of the first amendment, much more so than your theoretical black person who may decide to smack me for exercising it. Allow me to enlighten you on my actual point, since you appear to have missed it: if a person from one group has a right to use a word, then denying the use of that word to another group because of skin color is a racist double standard. With regard to your white privilege remark, I simply challenge you to prove something so fundamentally subjective. If, however, you only wish to continue to threaten and insult, please save your energy; I await only rational discussion.

  19. Lisa

    April 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I am a white woman, and I have no intention of ever saying the N word. Personally I think it is racist, and always will be. The meaning of this word is what black people were thought of during the time when they were thought of as slaves, so I do not want to ever use it, because I do not approve of slavery. However, I can see the point that it seems like something black people can do when white people can’t, but white people often say it at times when they get away with saying it. Personally if I hear a white person use it I will call them out for it. To be honest though if a black person uses this word then it does not give the same impression as it does if a white person uses it. The reason that it does not give the same impression is because it does not give the same idea of somebody being racist against something which they are not. So it would not be right for me to call a black person out for using it. But I know that if I was black I would personally still never use that word because I don’t want to ever say something that was said in support of slavery.

  20. Justin K Bagley

    April 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

    If its not ok for white people to say the “N” word and acceptable for black people to beat the shit out of a white person that says it,then it should not be ok for blacks to be calling white people crakka and should be acceptable for a white person to beat the shit out of a black person for saying it.

    • Gil

      April 14, 2016 at 9:14 am

      did somebody call you a crakka recently? You feel like crying now? 😥

      • Ligaya

        May 6, 2016 at 5:57 am

        childish reply what do I expect to some “n-word” like you.

  21. Bill

    April 17, 2016 at 10:40 am

    One might wonder why practically every time you mention “black people” in your article the “b” is capitalized and “white people” never is. Did I miss something in english class. That aside, a few years ago when I was thinking “I don’t like being told what word I can use” I read something in an article like “why would you WANT to use it”. That made some sense, so I kind of stopped concerning myself. I didn’t really have many, if any, occasions to use it anyway. Recently I have been watching the O.J. Simpson mini series so I started researching again to see if anything has changed. But enlighten me please, why DO you only capitalize the “b”?

    • Gil

      April 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Just my preference

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  23. Shitzkin Jones

    June 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm


  24. Shitzkin Jones

    June 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I think this whole “niqqer on the 20” bit is going to generate some new
    terminology in regards to American currency. Eventually the slang term
    for a $20 bill will just be “niqqer”. $40 will be “a couple of
    niqqers”, a “half dozen niqqers” would be $120, and because cigarettes
    packs have 20 cigarettes, “a pack of niqqers” would be $400. It could
    go further, but since most of us aren’t that rich, the everyday usage
    would probably stop at a “ton of niqqers” which would be $40,000.
    Finally, $10 would be simply called “half niqqer”.

    The only puzzling one is how much is a “sh1tload of niqqers”??


    1). That sure is a nice truck man!

    Thanks bro, but it wasn’t cheap. I had to part with a ton of niqqers to get into this thing.

    2). You should check into that new buffet downtown. I fed my whole family and it only cost me a couple of niqqers.

    3). I went to the strip bar with Jay last night. I’ve never seen anyone throw niqqers around like he does.

    4). Those are nice golf clubs man!

    Thanks bro, I got them at an estate sale. The best part about it was they only wanted a couple of niqqers for them.

    5). Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies mister??

    Sure, I’d love a box, but do you have change? All I have is niqqers.

    6). How’s your new job going?

    It’s great! I love working there, and the best part is they are giving me a niqqer and a half an hour.

    7). I don’t like using ATM machines. All they give out are stinky old
    worn out niqqers. I prefer to go into the bank, and I always make sure
    they are clean and crisp.

    8) How many niqqers is it going to take to get my fence fixed???

    9). What did grandpa get you for your birthday?

    That cheap old fart gave me a dirty, worn out niqqer.

    10). I really need to get rid of that crazy girlfriend of mine. The
    only thing that makes that bitch happy is piles and piles of niqqers.

    11). Im broke as hell and I’ve got stuff that needs to get done. I’m
    going down to the bank to see if I can borrow a couple hundred niqqers
    for a few months.

    12). When I was in Washington, D.C. , I took a tour of the bureau of
    engraving and printing. I’ve never seen so many niqqers in all of my


    October 2, 2016 at 12:52 am

    This is fucking stupid, black people are soooo fucking oppressed. I understand what life used to be like but MOVE THE FUCK ON. Look how far America has come, using the n-word is just a reminder for blacks that they used to be treated like trash. Im so sick of this shit about race. We’re all equal and free with nothing to oppress us except for maybe taxes.

  26. J-p Decarnin

    October 5, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Hey folks. I understand the stigma attached to the ‘N’ word. Not ‘understand ‘ because i am black( i’am white) but because it simply comes which such a historical burden that is tied into american history. That being said, where does the first amendment come into play ? Does it not grant freedom of speech? If so why is it acceptable for a black person to call a white person another ‘N’ word ( nazi) jokingly and not have everyone lose their shit over it? Remember , we are discussing a single word in the english vocabulary and albeit,( i say it again) it has heavy repercussions when spoken by a person other than of black origin. By this post i am not trying to validate that white people should be allowed to use the ‘N’ word , i am simply asking why it is not guaranteed by the first amendment. Please read the entire post prior to responding in an intelligent and logical manner.Thank you.

  27. Michele

    October 7, 2016 at 1:49 am

    😂😂😂 I can’t even read this, the person who wrote this said its a reminder of slavery…. You do realize slaves were sold to America by BLACK SLAVE OWNERS right?! In fact, slavery only became punishable in Africa 9 years ago.

  28. Ana

    January 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    1. You wrote there “we were property”. Umm no you were born maxlike 50 years ago? You werent a property, but black people who lived in that years were.
    2. my grand grand grand grand grand father might be black, so if my ancestor was tortured like that i have rights to say nigga right?
    3. In this century meaning of that literally changed like no one says nigga in that way, its more like bro, dude….
    So if black people can refer to each other with that and be chillabout it then why do they get a butthurt when white people are referring to each other like that.
    4. When the person who has white skin says nigga, (s)he can be beaten or lose theor job… But when person who has black skin says it its ok
    So that means some skin colored people have some verbal limitations? Umm.. Isnt that some sort of discrimination?

    • Gee Dizzle

      January 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Go up to any random black person & address this as nigga…then report back to me.

      • Anna

        January 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Ik they will feel insulted and i’m saying that the reason why they get annoyed, or feel insulted is pretty stupid

  29. Roberta

    May 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    So I still look at it as just a word, it can’t cause you harm unless you take it that way. And you are ashamed of your color. You can call me what ever you want but I am proud of who my color. I have been told by several councillors that no one or word can make you feel only you make you feel.

  30. Ana Agbas

    May 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

    How would you respond if someone were to say “But black people don’t think of it as a reminder of cultural oppression anymore and you can’t speak for all black people and say that they aren’t just using it as a term of endearment”..I’m playing devil’s advocate bc I know people who say it and this is how they’d respond

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