Nigger

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Nigger is a racist insult against black people. Like the word "nigga", it can be used in pop culture slang. But it is mainly used by white supremacists.[1]

The word came from a slang pronunciation of "negro", which is the word for the color black and for black people in Spanish and Portuguese.[2] Before 1865 most black persons in the United States were slaves. So, the word "nigger" normally meant a slave. Writers such as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain,[3] and Charles Dickens used it.

Today, the word is an offensive racial slur in English, and is often thought as hate speech. "Nigger" has become so taboo in the United States that most people do not use the word; they instead call it the "N-word".

Pop culture[change | change source]

Back in the 1980s and 90s, the word was used by many hip hop artists, one of them was NWA, which stands for “Niggaz Wit Attitudes”. Their 1988 single “Straight Outta Compton” used the word, which made the group’s other hits controversial, including itself. One being “F**k Tha Police”, which showed the group did not like the police and showed racism and violence towards them, judging them by what they were doing. Other rappers, such as XXXTentacion used the word in most of his tracks, one of them being “Bad Vibes Forever”, released in 2019.

References[change | change source]

  1. Starkey, Brando Simeo (18 May 2017). "If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you'd NEVER use it". The Undefeated.
  2. Pilgrim, David (September 2001). "Nigger and Caricatures". Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  3. Twain, Mark (2004). Life on the Mississippi. Kessinger Publishing. p. 11, 13, 127, 139, 219. ISBN 978-1-4191-3041-0.