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Subj: Thanks, Atrimus!
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 09:22:34 pm EDT (Viewed 651 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Serious Question, Please.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 04:40:49 pm EDT (Viewed 1001 times)

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    It's about the "N" word discussed above.

    I was just curious what it DOES mean to say, a black comedian who uses the word? I know what it means when a white person uses it towards a black person, but what, exactly, does it mean when it's used black-on-black?

    I'm NOT trying to start a flame war of any sort here, nor am I trying to be offensive in the least. I'm sorry if this post offends ANYONE in the least. I'm just honestly curious.

imo, i believe blacks took the word and gave it their own meaning in an attempt to devalue its original meaning and intent, which was hate. over the course of time we just took it as our own, and it became something only its user and all involved parties could understand. what it means depends on a number of things, such as the parties involved or the situation at hand. to those who use it regularly or see no problem with its use, it can mean friend (similar to Homie; in those cases the speaker would probably just say it to a close friend with whom he/she shares a common understanding of its usage), or a black person or black people in general. i've heard it used from one black person to white friend and vice-versa; both parties involved understood its use (by understanding one another) and took no offense. i know blacks racists against whites who use the N word when referring to other blacks.

there are black people to whom the N-word means exactly what it originally meant; because of this they don't condone it's use by anyone. i personally am more in line with this group. i don't use the word and don't appreciate it used in reference to me by most anyone. however, if it's from someone i personally know (be they black or white), and i can establish that they intended the word to be perceived as "friend" then i don't take offense to it.

I get it now. It's just got "personal" denotation now, depending upon the speaker's relationship to the listener.

I'm with you, though. It'll always have the negative meaning.

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