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Wah why can’t I say nigga, it’s just a word. It’s not offensive to me and you’re infringing on my right of freedom of speech.

Every self entitled white person on the planet (via idreamediwasawerewolf)

Reasons this argument is stupid.

1) It’s not infringing on your freedom of speech. You legally *can* say the n-word. It’s just a slur and you will face social consequences. Freedom of speech does not protect you from the social consquences of saying something. It just protects you from being arrested for expressing different views than the regime or lamblasting the government. And it protects you from being *arrested* for saying something (excluding communicating a threat.) So, you CAN say the n-word but you CAN’T expect people to be happy about it.

2) Why the fuck do you *want* to say a word that brings so many people so much pain? It’s not some question of black people wanting a word that only they can use exclusively. It’s about the centuries of pain attached to the word that is called up when you use it. It represents your lack of seeing black people as human. It represents your lack of concern for their comfort. And especially coming from the mouth(or keyboard) of a white person, it brings up centuries of negative feelings and oppression and abuse. And I guarantee you that just about every single black person alive today *has* been called the n-word as a slur, or some other, equivalent slur (depending on language and region.)

3) Calling something “just a word” is to pretend to not understand what language is and why words have weight. “Apple” is just a word, but when I say apple, you know I’m talking about a round, red, green, or yellow fruit, or a brand of computers and electronics. You know that “apple” doesn’t mean “cat” or “ocean”. Your mind immediately knows what “apple” is. Further, there are words that bring up certain feelings. For instance, if someone calls you “stupid”, you are likely to feel offended and defensive. It is “just a word” but it holds a meaning. It means “a person who does not know, is not smart, cannot learn.” You hear that word and feel that it does not describe you and you feel offended. Words are never “just words” or else we wouldn’t have language. Language developed out of a need to communicate; to learn about the world around us, to share our thoughts, our feelings, and our knowledge. No word is “just a word”. And a word assigned a hateful meaning is a hateful word, period. The n-word has a hateful meaning and it brings up negative feelings in people and that should be enough for you not to use it. 

4) I don’t know why this concept is so hard but if a group of people would like for you to not use a word that their group finds offensive, you should not use that word. If for no other reason than out of compassion and kindness. If your friend asked you to not refer to them as “fat” and you continued to do so, you would be an asshole, right? It’s the same concept. Black people would like for you to not use the n-word, because it brings up negative feelings for them. If you continue to try to figure out ways that it’s okay for you to use it, you are an asshole. Thanks.

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