Since I'm not an American
, maybe I missed out some crucial part of American history
when the term nigger
can no longer be used by whites
and any other ethnicity
for that matter, but blacks
can, without any fear of reprisal
, call each other "niggers
" on a regular basis. I've spent years studying American history
, and I couldn't find a reason. So maybe it's a cultural
OK, even back in 1913, the term nigger is considered an insult.
Nig"ger (?), n.
A negro; -- in vulgar derision or depreciation.
Alright, I get that. Then how did it all of a sudden become so fashionable for blacks to call each other niggers? Do Asians go around and call each other chinks? Do poor white Americans call each other trailer trash? Not that I can see. Oh wait a second, maybe it's a big joke. Alright then, why can't we use it? Why is it that any non-black using the term nigger around blacks would be immediately threatened with physical pain?
Hey, it doesn't end there. Gays have turned queer into a word of honor. Hey, "out" everythingians, do gay people say things like "He's my favorite queer boy"? So blacks have turned a formerly derisive term into a term of endearment. Alright, that still doesn't answer why blacks can use nigger and we can't. I can use the term queer without fearing reprisal in Cornell. I can't say the same for nigger.
If you ask me, this is just a load of crock. "Banned words" seem to be universal, except nigger. I mean, words like gook, chink, slant eye, kike, spic, nip, Kraut, frog, mick, wop, dago, etc. are all considered insults, and I don't hear any Jews calling each other "kikes". I don't call my fellow Chinese "chinks". To me, it's just more political correctness and selective application of free speech. Give me one specific reference to African-American culture that allows the term nigger to be used by blacks only. And give me a good reason.
Right. We Chinese have taken a century of abuse courtesy of the whites, especially in the Western states, and yet, we hardly ever bitch about whites. We do not even come close to the level to which blacks complain about white boys.
Alright, so you say it is self-depriciating. So why can't Asians use the term chigger. I find absolutely no evidence of any Asian/black conflicts in American history, so chances are we have never used the word nigger as an insult. Yet, we still can't use it.
Oh well, like I care. Just pointing out the selective application of free speech.