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The "N" Word
The Word "N-I-G-G-E-R"
Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
The First Amendment 
Hate-Speech?

Lately, there has come upon the scene a word so awful that no one dares utter it. 

In fact, to use the "N" word--as it is euphemistically called--is to be guilty of using "Hate Speech," which in some venues is punishable by statute or at the least by social sanction.

When the First Amendment is interpreted, it is generally accepted that it does not protect speech that incites people to harm, i.e., yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theater when there is none, or inciting a riot.

If you do a search of  on--Google-you will come up with more than 300,000 hits. For a word that is not 'Politically Correct' to use, there seems to be lots of instances of its use!
 

Origins:

1)_  is slang for Negro.

2)_ It is also the slurring of, or lazy pronunciation of the word Negro

3)_ Its use by and among blacks is common and not generally intended, nor taken as offensive.  However, that usage is exclusinary, i.e., whites can't use it.

   a.. When used by 'others' it is often taken as offensive; predominately by liberal whites.
 

Webster:
Main Entry: Negro:
Pronunciation: 'nE-(")grO 
Function: noun 
Inflected Form(s): plural Negroes 
Etymology: Spanish or Portuguese, from negro black, from Latin nigr-, niger  Date: 1555 
It is also the name of three rivers.
Webster:
Main Entry: 
Pronunciation: 'ni-g&r 
Function: noun 
Etymology: alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger  Date: 1700 

1 : a black person 

2 : a member of any dark-skinned race 

3 : a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons <it's time for somebody to lead all of America's... all the people who feel left out of the political process -- Ron Dellums> usage  in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English. 

Its use by and among blacks is not always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.
 

Blacks' Use of 
Richard Pryor Chris Rock Chris Tucker
Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, et al. use  in their comedy acts. 
Blacks who use the word claim continual use of the word make it less offensive.
"Give the word a new connotation."  "Why be a Hostage to the Past?"  "Why help some
make it off the backs of brothers and sisters?"
The 'N' Word as a Commodity: $$
 
PARASITES
Would you buy a used car from any of these characters ?

Sadly, those who derive their income and power base by exploiting racial friction don't want the "N" word to disappear--ever!

But they do want it to remain "Demonized," and out there to use as their personal weapon whenever it suits their agenda--Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al. come to mind; as well as, a large part of the Media. ABC's Ted Kopple makes a living keeping the 'Scab' of Racial Tension from healing. 

Like a Preacher or Cop might say about Sin, "without It we're out of work." 
   --Not to worry.

Likewise, those Parasites who don't want to have to work for a living, will exploit this festering fear and ignorance for their own aggrandizement.

What an awful price we all--Black and White--must pay to keep these Assholes in the lavash lifestyle to which they have become accustom!

Personally, I worry that the Fires of Hellmay not burn hot enough for these Sorry Bastards!
 

Profanity:

Words that are considered Profane--of  which there are a number--are  often used when the language fails us. In certain select situations--like  hammering one's own thumb--there is no word that does the job like:
"SHIT!" or "Son-of-a-Bitch!" or "Got-dam-It!" 
Of course, inevitability, they will be used to "Insult," or "Hurt" another person. 

And, yes, sometimes the "Insulted" person may deserve it--or Not!
 

Profanity has been around forever. It is in our literature, the news, our movies, and most recently in television. 

Television is an interesting case; it is still maturing as a vehicle for profanity --especially gratuitous profanity. 

The words used seem to evolve, e.g., most recently the word "Ass" was floated with little adverse reaction. 

It started on the cable comedy shows; from there it moved to the hard hitting pseudo realistic Cop shows; and finally on to more mainstream shows--like Frasier, etc. 

With this success, it was no time until the combined phrase "Asshole" was floated, and was accepted. 
 

Son of a Bitch, Mutha Fucker, Fuck, Shit, God Damn, Shit Head, Asshole...

I know what these words and phrases mean, and how to use most of them.

What I don't understand is how  is of greater magnitude than, say,  Son of a Bitch, or God Damn Rotten Mutha Fucker. If one takes either epithet seriously, there is going to be a world of hurt! 

It seems to be of such magnitude that you dare not even say the word, lest you be marked a Biggot

Excuse-tha-Hell-out-of-me, but If I called someone a God Damn Mutha Fucking Son of a Bitch; it's my fervent belief that I am a pretty dispicable human being--unless of course, he is a God Damn Mutha Fucking Son of a Bitch.

On TV it's OK to use just about any profanity known to sailors; but the "N" word remains just that, the "N" word, unspoken. 

Poor old Robert Byrd can't even say  without getting beat up on. 
So by that logic, it must have nothing to do with Race?   --Go figure! 

Use & Utility:

When my children were young, they of course had questions about "Bad Words."  I counseled them that words alone are not necessarly "Bad," but it is how they're used that determines their worth. 
Parenthetically, I should mention that I further warned my children that if they choose to use these words, that when word got out, they would inevitably experience certain of their little friends not being allowed to play with them, by order of their parents. That explanation seemed to hold more sway than "these words are just BAD, trust me."
I suggested that infinitely more Evil has been perpetrated by people misusing words like "Love" and "Trust."--The charitable terms "Mealy-mouthed," and "Evil" comes to mind when contemplating people who deal in same.

When carefully interpreted: how words are used can give insight into the degree of honesty that's at play is such situations.

At least when "Bad Words" are used, you know pretty much where you stand with that individual, leaving little room for deceit on their part.
 

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