Originally Posted by combo gd
I am multiracial. My father is black and my mother is white.
In a conversation with my 81 year old white grandfather, he asked me if i and other black people realized what they were calling themselves when they referred to each other using that word. He asked me if he realized how stupid they sounded. Unfortunately I had nothing to say.
Just imagine an 80 year old white couple overhearing a bunch of young people using that word on each other. I can just picture them saying... "We don't even have to call those dumb *** ******* out of their name anymore... now they do it to themselves."
Dawg this is how language works. straight up.
it evolves, based on context and time. its not static, what it meant 80 years ago is not relevant. Human beings use langue to defines themselves withing communities. inevitably, groups will use words to include themselves within a group and exclude those who aren't part of it.
People use the N word precisely BECUASE it excludes an older generation. When you use it you define your self withing a certain time period and cultural context.
Let me give you an example.
In Canada, Quebec they speak French. The worst curse word is "Tabernac", its basically like the F word in english but worse. You know what it means?
This random church word, is the worst curse word in french speaking canada; how it got that way? Quebec was heavily roman catholic back from its inception(minority religeon in canada). Say using roman cathlic words out of context was like taking the lords name in vain and for a group that was a social, econmic, political, religioes minority it became a big taboo.
Now it's mutated into a curse word, that Old Quebecers hate and young people say all the time. Now Why?
Old minority group uses word to define themselves against protestant majority -> Don't say cathlic words in vain
Youger generation takes word and uses it to define themselves agains older generation -> Use Tabernac all the time.
This how langue works, why would black people be immune to this process?