Posted by R. Berg on December 14, 2004
In Reply to: Nigga amd selective acceptability posted by ESC on December 13, 2004
: : British TV is presently screening a documentary about 'Big Ron' Atkinson - the guy who described Marcel Dessailly as a "fkg thick lazy [n-word]" - so they took him to the USA to discuss the word. The discussion included whether 'nigga' could be acceptably used by whites. Can anybody think of any examples of whether there are other words or phrases that only some people are allowed to use?
: : I like words, but I don't like that word and would not use it in anything other than sensible discussion or v. carefully in very heavy irony. However, I find it strange that ANY words are banned from a whole group. what do other people think?
: In the United States, I can't think of any instance where a white person could use the N-word. Ever, ever, ever. Not even in jest to a close friend.
I can. White people who are enlightened, for want of a better word, use the word when reporting what someone else said or when discussing language. Other white people just use it. I recently read a post on a message board where a woman reported that she'd moved into a neighborhood where some residents routinely called black people n*****s. She isn't white, though; she's American Indian. Her neighbors might be surprised to learn that the word is taboo in their ethnic group.