We all know friends among themselves call each other names as terms of endearment. Take rap music for instance it uses the N-word in excess as does the movie industry. But its cool in that setting. Is there a term for (use when cool or demonize when convenient) Are we desensitized now?
lol I know its just funny ,I have done a lot of studio work with rap artist I like some rap but its always( n- word this n- word that) and from being from a hard rock background I can relate to the rebellious part of young music. Peace!
It's entirely a matter of context.It was explained to me by a black man back in the 70s. A black man might advance his son $5 with the admonition, 'You owe me 5 bucks, nigger!'. And there's no harm, no foul.
If an angry white person called that same black youth 'nigger' because he was bussed to a previously all-white school, that same black man, who called that same black youth 'nigger' would be outraged by the racist INTENT - behind the insult.
So verbal racism has two components - the intent of the speaker and the perception of the person on the receiving end.
The use of the N-word in popular African American culture is an exercise in co-opting, and thereby defusing, the power of a racial epithet and then using it to demonstrate the victory thereby achieved. It becomes a symbol of empowerment and cultural autonomy. Telling African Americans to stop using it would not be the unconditional positive that some people seem to think it would be. To stop everyone from using it (were such a thing possible) would leave it hanging there in the ether where it would retain the power of the original slur.
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