THB that the word 'Nigger' should never be banned.

The use of the N-word is a highly contentious issue in American society. Its roots come from the word "negro", Spanish for ‘black’ which was commonly used to refer to people with dark skin. The use of the N-word was then used throughout the majority of US history by white Americans as a racial slur, meant to degrade and harm anyone of African or Caribbean descent and reinforce the wideheld beleifs that those of white European descent were naturally superior.  Today, it is highly taboo for a caucasians to use the N-word, even in reference to its offensive usage. Yet, it also has become widely used within the black community in a diversity of ways, both endearing and insulting. Many within the black community have subsequently called for quitting and even banning its use. In March of 2007, for example, the N-word was banned by the New York City Council.[1] While the ban carries no legal punishment, it was a symbolic move that represents a tide of opposition to the use of the N-word in America. The debate remains very active within the black community, within localities and municipalities, in with the larger America political culture.

In debating terms this is a variant of the more general debates over the use of language, free speech and obscenity which carries a very specific contextual background.

 

+

Or log in with...