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N-word Etiquette? When is the N-word OK? True Story.
« on: April 15, 2009, 10:39:54 PM »
I was in rural Georgia a couple weeks ago and four young black men aged 18 to 20 were standing around talking.  I walked past them to my car behind them, and I got some stuff out of my trunk and then I walked back past them. 

During that time I was listening to them talk back and forth and they were saying stuff with the N-word in every sentence!  Like, "that N-word did this and that N-word did that." 

I'm not used to hearing that and I felt uncomfortable hearing it.  They said it so often in those 5 minutes and it seemed very easy for them to talk that way.  I didn't like it and I didn't think it was appropriate to ever use that word.  Although, I guess its OK for them to say it in their own little group.

I thought about saying something to chastise them because I knew 3 of them, but I kept my mouth shut and I minded my own business.

My questions are:

  • When is it appropriate to use the N-word in your conversation?
  • When is it OK for the N-word to be used?
  • Is it OK for black people to use the N-word, and it's not OK for anyone else?
  • Should the N-word be banned from conversation?

These were thoughts that came to my mind that day.  What do you think?

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