A Nigga Tired: Why Non-Blacks Shouldn’t Say Nigga

Nicholas Payton

It’s baffling that in 2013 we’re still having this conversation, but here we are. Repetition is the key to life. And as frustrating as it may be to repeat oneself over and over again, it is often necessary. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King didn’t give one speech and vanish into obscurity. It would be nice if folks got it the first time, however, that is almost never the case.

Here’s the deal: If you are not Black, you should not call a Black person “Nigger,” “Nigga,”  “Negro,” or anything like it. And it’s a weak argument that because Blacks say it gives license for non-Blacks to use it. You can talk about your spouse, but it doesn’t mean it’s okay for others to do so. It’s basic logic and Black people are not obligated to explain why others shouldn’t use the word.

White people didn’t invent the word and its roots…

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