You say “It is uttered proudly as a greeting by many African Americans, and used to spice up years and years of Hip Hop and Rap song lyrics…” But if we are really being honest, we have to acknowledge that African Americans often use the n-word with each other in a manner that is derogatory, disrespectful, demeaning or dismissive, just listen to those same Hip Hop and Rap lyrics or ride the bus with some young teenagers.
And unfortunately, the n-word is too often used among African Americans to express anger, hate or even murderous intention towards each other. Our use of the n-word is more a reflection of self hate than pride. We can express righteous outrage about Riley Cooper, but we can’t totally separate his use of the n-word from our own perpetuation of the worst that this word represents.]]>