Most Offensive Word In the English Language

The word “nigger” is considered one of the most offensive words in the English language. White slave masters referred to slaves as “niggers” to remind them of their less-than-human status. The word’s current meaning is more friendly. It is used by the youth to greet friends and in rap songs.

Is the new meaning a re-appropriation of the word? Or have people simply been desensitized by its common usage?

The Fritz Pollard Alliance monitors diversity in the NFL. They are implementing rules to penalize use of the N-word on the field and in the locker rooms.

ESPN commentators argue whether the policy can truly work. The following questions are addressed here:

  • How will black coaches react to the new rules?
  • How will referees police the rule objectively?
  • Who is and isn’t allowed to use the N-word?
  • What is the true purpose of the rules?

Rapper, Common, claims justifies using the word in his lyrics because it helps him better communicate with his audience. Common says he will continue to use the word to reach those who need to hear his work. Also, he agrees that certain people are not allowed to use the word and he will continue to defend that belief when necessary.

The N-word is prevalent in the sports world, and has been since African-Americans were allowed to participate. Back then, white fans would yell the world at black athletes. Now, black athletes use the word in reference to their teammates as a friendly gesture.

Should the word be ripped from the dictionary? Or should its definition be changed? How has the word impacted your life?

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One thought on “Most Offensive Word In the English Language

  1. Yes the endearing term is trivial, but being a minor that matured to become a minority is worse. Words are not the issues. Keep Pushin Forward!

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