“It’s a word that has been used against us. It’s like a knife, man.”
"That’s our word now. And you can’t have it back."
i get the message, here.
when uttered by a white person---even one not intending to offend---implies a judgement that darker skin means a lesser human.
comes from the latin word for black but in this nation especially has been used to insult and dehumanize.
should be enough for us to know that the word
cuts like a knife and out of respect for the feelings of our black brothers and sisters we avoid that word.
just like we women abhor the "c" word.
don't say it, gentlemen---not funny!
we cannot eradicate racism because too many white supremacist types refuse to grow a heart. i suspect their hatred comes from fear and an unresolved inferiority complex. we must however speak up with as much kindness as we can muster when we hear any hateful and demeaning language. when we remain silent hoping not to start an argument our silence to the bigot indicates tacit agreement.