blog #2 – Short clip with Tyler the Creator on the “N” word. (fwd to 9:55)

“Thats racist” has become just like the “N” word. The “N” word is a word that many people use freely nowadays. Back in the day, this word was used toward slaves by their owners and now people, white or black, use it in their everyday vocabulary to substitute words like “bro” and “dude”. It’s been used so freely that people don’t even look at it the way it was used many years ago. For some folks it has the same meaning as it did many years ago, and for many it doesn’t. I think the only time this word should be taken seriously is when it’s used in a hostile manner. Unless someone is being singled out with the use of this word, then it shouldn’t be taken so offensively as some people find it to be. In this clip, I agree with Tyler when he says that people who still care is the reason why racism continues. We can’t forget what happened but if you think like that each time someone says the “N’ word, when it’s not meant in a harmful manner, “that’s how you keep racism alive”, as Tyler said. Where once it was insulting, it is now a part of our everyday conversation.

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4 responses to “blog #2 – Short clip with Tyler the Creator on the “N” word. (fwd to 9:55)

  1. I think Tyler is taking the easy way out to dealing with a complex issue. It’s easier to say something doesn’t bother you so you do not have to address it or deal with it. I agree with the woman in the video. I think it’s ridiculous to oversimplify and undermine the struggle that African Americans have gone through to eradicate the “N word”, by normalizing it and making it acceptable for usage. Just because we stop saying something, doesn’t mean that racism stops existing. Other systems of racism have and will still exist; I, however, believe that we have more pressing issues to address. Doing so, would be a better usage of our time and efforts than arguing over a word. People are still suffering and oppressed by various other means. If we want to address racism, there are many other areas that we can tackle.

  2. racism is simple there are people that still feel that white supremacy lives. for those people they are racist in their actions they may socialize with other races but still have a very negative feeling towards any other race but their own. Indians most of the time do not like their children to marry outside of their race. if it happens where they feel one of their children is dating a black or Latino or anybody other than their race they usually disown their child. in the clip with Tyler and the N word its true when you care about it so much you keep racism alive because like they said nigger is just a word used as a brotherly gesture to the friends people have I’ve even heard white dudes call a black person which was his friend nigger but the black person didn’t take offense because its the way it was used in a friendly manner. Only as they said in a sign of disrespect should we worry about.

  3. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Azra — the “N-word” debate seems as contentious as ever. The clip presents valid arguments “for” and “against.” But it seems to boil down to an issue of respect/disrespect, which is contextual, and may be difficult to generalize about a priori (as Tyler noted) and apply general rules to — it depends on the situation, *how* someone says something, *who’s* saying it to *whom*, in what context. However, Tyler and others suggested the rules or customs of usage vary by generation and that younger generations of African Americans don’t feel the sting of the word the way their grandparents did. And he echoes an argument made in the book “Racecraft” and elsewhere, about how the ideologies of antiracism and racism can feed off and reinforce one another.

    “The Stream” (AJE) recently did a show on N-word etiquette:

  4. As a black man myself, when I hear other cultures use the N word, it does bother me. However, for example when I see two caucasian males use it toward each other, it seems odd, but it shows me that they don’t mean it as a harmful gesture. I just think the term shouldn’t be used at all, but I was born into a society where that was the norm so I do use it, but to watch people use the word knowing they weren’t raised that way, and knowing the history behind it, it’s offensive. Ironically, its funny how black people have somewhat accepted the hispanic culture in using the term, probably because for the most part both cultures dwell in poverty together, and this is probably where it stems from in other cultures eyes (I just had a realization lol), although, not all black people have accepted hispanics using the term. Furthermore, I think there is a big difference when distinguishing between “Nigga” and “Nigger”. “Nigger” is way more offensive, and no matter what race uses that term, it is not ok. The term “nigga” which started out as slang amongst black people, is becoming slang abroad. For some reason, everything black people do, whether it’s the way we talk, act, dress, etc., the world tends to want to mimic. However, this is one replication the black community aren’t tolerating because of our history in this country.

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