On the heels of the Paula Deen controversy and the racial slurs revealed in the George Zimmerman trial, CNN's Don Lemon will anchor “The N Word”, a provocative and honest debate. "The N Word" airs tonight 7p E.T. on CNN.
I get so upset when "someone" decides a certain group of letters making a word is deemed "unspeakable". After all, words are only a bunch of letters. Too bad if someone is upset by it. Remember the old adage:"Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."
Enjoyed @CNN #TheNWord Love hearing different points of view
by Abraham7/2/2013 12:20:46 AM
The N word is wrong. Its embarrassing how we condone this. Everybody uses it b/c they think they can when this was a term used by slaves. Its not a friend or a homie its derogratory. And the longer people continue to use it as a greeting or reference to friend the longer our society is moving past the point
I don't think there has ever been a song truly made better having the word in it. Entertainers need to understand that most young fans are passionate about their idols. Many of them will try to emulate them by dressing like them and doing all the things they can to copy there behavior. For music artists that would be with language. It's too confusing and not to mention fool hearty attempt to disarm the word. It's too difficult to readily and easily understand every persons intent when they use the word and WAY too easy for a set of sensitive ears to interpret it the wrong way.
I feel that ppl who have no problem with its use are sheltered/ less educated. If youve ever been privy to see how the ppl who run this country perceive you (Not just blacks but all minorities and all poor ppl for that matter) you'd choose twice before speaking. For God's sake they do things to basically call you ****** right to your face (AKA get rid of one of the most important peices of legislation to come out of the civil rights movement). As a people do we notice?? No, we're too busy talking about paula pattons hair on the BET awards. If we had our grandparents gumption youd be dam sure that we wouldve been in washington right now. #OurFault
now that man said that.... another discretion ... sure lets have a whole show on ***** vs ****** instead of some blacks not even knowing how to use the English language, unemployed blacks, uneducated blacks, in jail blacks... how bout even the educated blacks, the college graduate blacks, the millionaire blacks.... grow up black people and get passionate about the right thing.... (that being said Paula still don't get no pass) #cnn #theNword
It isn't the "N" Word that causes the "Disparity;" It's the actions of people of the black race that cause this. I feel bad for the black people that have manners and pride, due to most of the other ones, the way they act.
Language and the meaning of words tend to change more as time passes on and I think that the N word in certain context has changed too. It is something most African Americans I feel have embraced and maybe even become proud of. I have noticed that the meaning has changed from an insult to in some cases a very close friend of another. It has been turned into something negative to something positive. Just like Jay-Z mentioned the power of the word has been taken away. It should not be a source of shame to African Americans and in hip-hop, it isn't.
The N word rises out of oppression, like f***** and c***. They express derision, contempt and dehumanization of a person who happens to be black, homosexual and/or female. The victims of these epithets and slurs understandably have attempted to neutralize the radioactivity of these words by reclaiming them as language that only members of respective subcultures are allowed to use but that does not redeem them nor undo the harmful intent of their origins.