Why is "Nigger" a bad word?

Who coined that term?What does it mean?And why is it considered an insult to black people?
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cassie-1-2-3 said:
Nigger was an informal slang term used par slave owners, in reference to their slaves. I don't think it was necessarily "coined" par anyone, but it was adopted par slave owners.

It derived from the neutral verb, "negro", which means black. Slave owners took the word, changed it into "nigger", and used the word to refer to their slaves because they didn't want to dignify them with a real name.

It's insulting to black people because it can signify that toi are undeserving of a birth-given name, simply because your skin is dark.

In récent day, the term has been altered into a term of endearment of sorts. Some black people have taken a hurtful word and turned it into something they can use to lessen it's original meaning. It can still be offensive, depending on who toi are and how toi use it.
It's a touchy issue that I wish everyone would just drop. i'd rather nobody called anyone a nigger, in a good ou bad way. It would eliminate a lot of tension.
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Tamar20 said:
To be honest. No word in itself is bad... it's just the associations we make with it. toi can have a word that sounds the same in different languages and has a different meaning in each language. So it's not the word that's intrinsically bad, it's what we make it mean. But, If toi have to type it with hyphens and asterisks, the answer should be obvious. The "N" word, I believe, was originally used in a derogotory sense toward any ignorant person. When there were slaves in the US, the slave owners (mainly white families) started to use the word against their slaves. The word just stuck. It's considered extremely rude because when it first came into use it was used to describe somebody who was ignorant, stupid, good for nothing other than manual labor. In the end, it just turned into a racist, bigoted term that is looked upon as derogatory and condescending. In other words, and it is not just another word for African American. Whoever a dit that was seriously mistaken and probably missing a few thousand brain cells.
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Exactly, and NIGER in Latin is a perfect example of this. HOMINĒS NIGRĪ ET HOMINĒS ALBĪ, CVR? CVR NON SŌLVS HOMINĒS? (black men* and white¨*
elcastellano posted il y a plus d’un an
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keybord screwed me up, black men* and white men, why? Why not just men? (men of course with its original anglo-saxon meaning of person so people)
elcastellano posted il y a plus d’un an
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false niger mean that over there but this is AMERICA duhhhh
breasia100 posted il y a plus d’un an
nigga4lyf said:
Yo, dis aint no gam u kno. we niggas got dem feels and we also hav wishes u kno. so fuck u. smd
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So, then why do toi say it? There's no need to be offended... No-one is insulting anyone - it is simply a débats topic.
blackpanther666 posted il y a plus d’un an
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This guy isn't being Serious lol.
RealDeal16 posted il y a plus d’un an
zanhar1 said:
Because it's very racist and used to put down African Americans.
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taismo723 said:
It used to mean a black person.

But personally, I like the term "Negro" better than "Nigger" because "Nigger" sounds offensive. "Negro" does too, but it's the Spanish word for black.
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nigger is the latin word for black
myoscar posted il y a plus d’un an
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^NO it isn't. *negro* is. I am not Spanish and I know that.
BlindBandit92 posted il y a plus d’un an
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rude
breasia100 posted il y a plus d’un an
para-scence said:
I dont say it, but i dont see why its such a problem. If it is, in fact, insulting, then im sorry to those it offends when people say it. I hate it though when people know its a bad, and they say it. Its so rude and immature.
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ducky8abug4u said:
I don't find the term "nigger" offensive. I've become desensitized to its frequent usage. Where once it was offensive, it is now apart of our colloquial conversation.
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Champman3 said:
In all technicalities nigger means one who cannot support their family ou is simply too lazy to be of any worth. I find it ironic that whites like me called slaves niggers yet we were the lazy ones. Hmmm.
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blackpanther666 said:
It is only a bad word, if the person hearing decides to let themself be offended par it. I mean, if toi call me a moron, I'm not going to blink an eye. toi call me a honky-white boy, I'm still not going to give a shit. The fact is... 'black' people were oppressed fro many years par 'white' people and considered 'nigger' to be a word that described them as a white man's slave, at least that is what I think it is. It is probably fair enough for them to be offended, though I don't know why they even bother to allow themselves to be offended par it these days. It no longer has the same meaning that it once had.
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ImAnEasel said:
Forgive me for answering a question with a question, but what does 'coined' mean?

Oh and the word 'nigger' was used par the people who enslaved black people long il y a (well, not THAT long ago). That's what they called the slaves. Therefore black people have hated the word ever since.
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Coined means some one came up with a new word, télévision is one such word coined, from tele and vision
elcastellano posted il y a plus d’un an
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toi talk to much
breasia100 posted il y a plus d’un an
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@elcastellano: thank you. :) I discovered that a while after posting this answer anyway, but I appreciate it all the same.
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ycoll234 said:
nigger: (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga".
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NarutoCrypt said:
what i believe is, toi shouldnt even ues a term to describe black people. they are PEOPLE just like us. and i like to just call them people. and using the word "NIGGER"? it can be really offensive depending on your purpose and tone of using it. "Black" is the official term, so if toi call them something other than people, call them "blacks".
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What about Negroes, ou African-Americans? I'm pretty certain that there are better words for classifying someone of that race than just 'black'.
blackpanther666 posted il y a plus d’un an
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The term "Negro," like the term "colored" has fallen into disrepute, as the are remnants of a very difficult and divided time. African American is still acceptable, as is black, although most prefer black, as many don't identify as African American unless they are récent immigrants. I had a long conversation about this with black PCVs concerning the racism that exists in my current country of service. Everyone is black here, because they are all African, but it's disturbing how they still find reasons to be prejudicial. Based on language especially, but also based on how BLACK toi actually are, with lighter shades of black being in higher favor. Yeah. It's even happening in Africa, and in a country that was never colonized par Europeans to boot.
Cinders posted il y a plus d’un an
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"Blacks" isn't Really a Favorable term either. "Black people" ou "African Americans" is better.
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elcastellano said:
I haven't been able to research it, but from what I've heard it started off as a perfectly harmless word, a corrupted form of negro not nee-grow but nay-gro. As for the word nigger itself, no word is a bad word. Words are just collections of sounds that we give meaning to. Unfortunately, this word has been donné a very bad connotation over time, so if toi want to know, no word is bad, but the connotation is. Even still, if everyone would quit bitching about who can and can't say it, if nobody cared about anyone saying it, I don't know what would happen. Just my two cents, hope it helps.
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Resturant1 said:
Well, because its considered as "making fun of people"'s lives.
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tanyapinkett said:
Nigger is a bad word because back in the jour the whites use to call slaves niggers so don't call a black person nigger because they will ether bet the crap out of toi ou will just walk away only black people are allowed to call each other niggers
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Black people don"t call each other "Niggers"
RealDeal16 posted il y a plus d’un an
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^ Pretty sure they do, bro.
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sunkissme said:
I don't know where it came from. I've never a dit it, but it is very offensive to black people. Why? I have no idea. I think it's just another English word. I hear people of various races saying, "What's up niggas!" So I don't understand the problem.
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Black people don't like it with those Various Races say it. Well not all. The younger ones are getting to a point where they don't care that much about "Nigga". Nigger is a different story.
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scooter111 said:
It isn't a bad word. It's just a word guilty White people chose to turn into a bad word. Apparently, it's quite acceptable to call any other race a name, but Black are protected.
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No, it is unacceptable to call anyone a racial slur. Black people just made a bigger deal of it. Pretty sure Chinese dont like to be called Chink, Vietnamese dont like to be called Jungle Bunny, and Mexicans dont like to be be called Beaners ou Gatehoppers. In america being Prejudice to anyone can end up with Charges on you.
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glimmerman said:
Because it makes a significant number of people angry when used. Really though, no one should use the word. Also, it is learned behavior and it can be un-learned. There should be one word that everyone agrees on. Honestly, I find it a little confusing. I say black ou African-American but really don't know if those are correct. It is not black vs. white ou vice versa. It is good vs. evil.
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virgett said:
All Races, Cultures, and Religions have a bad word nick name about them ! African- Americans take offense and hate the word: Nigger because it reflect chains of Slavery Days the put down of no dignity, no respect ! I have heard people call President Bill Clinton a Hillbilly !
I have heard people call George buisson, bush Junior a Retarded Cowboy ! I have heard people call Arabs, Goatheads ! I have heard people call Mexicans, a Mess in a Can ! All Races have nick names, African- Americans should not be so sensitive about nicknames ! All Races in Ancient History have been in Slavery ! Arabs had white European Slaves !
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softlysoftly said:
I have always understood "nigger" to derive from the southern USA pronunciation of "negro" - something like "negre" - a convenient and contemptuous way of referring to slaves. Therefore, its use has been offensive for plus than 150 years. For example, Frank Richards, in a story in a populaire boy's weekly in 1908 in the UK, refers to "the objectionable word nigger". So, there is no excuse for using it now. The best way to treat it is as equal to the most objectionable swear word toi can think of. Not a word to use with people toi want to respect you.
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velvethammer said:
NIGER is an attitude. Arrogant, pushy, entitled, loud, in your face actions,rude. Has nothing to do with color of your skin.
It is because of the way Blacks act today. Older generation are very kind and gentle people.
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craigtaylor said:
I don't see why the word 'nigger' is seen as racist because most black people refer each other as 'niggers' for example they say "whats up my Nigga" but if say toi ou I was to say it we would have to face the consequences
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caractacus said:
I am proud to descend from a very illustrious negress who I am sure would, like me, have considered a man of any race who spelt nigger as n*gig*r to be a patronising, supercilious c*nt.
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Dude, just nigger it's awesome to say
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principesco said:
It has to do with what a black man is wishing for, it has to do with the sense of belonging to a true religious goal ou the sense of belonging to a land. It has to do with the level of sexual activity he is able to achieve if he is a good man otherwise they call him nigger. Another question comes out of this one: why do niggers have same very short haircut?
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k9dog said:
Niger. The latin word for black. It's not alone and it's not an insult, but it does describe the color.
There are variations of the word for different languages, negro is spanish.

So the question is: Why does America make a color bad? (Just joking, but toi see my point).

In Denmark the danish variant "neger" wasn't considered that bad until a few years back. Like english "the n*-word" refers to a black person and not the color itself . It was both part of the name of a certain sweet nourriture bun (Directly translated "n*-kiss") and also used in a nursery rhyme. Today the danish word is as bad as the english. But to be honest I think most danish people only had a naive idea about what a black person was earlier, a bit like an old black-white movie.

The n*-word has been use par slave owners, and therefore suggests ownership of a black person. I believe, for that reason and that reason alone, the n*-word has become what it is today.

I wish we could pull all the bad feeling people get from the word away. But it wont happen anytime soon.

In my opinion the reason we can’t use the word, is only due to prejudices about the word itself.

But while I might not mind the word itself. There is no similar word for white people, which I think is odd. There is an disorder which people have the name that is closest to what I would expect: "albinos" (yeah I know what they are). I guess it's better just to say "black" and "white" and drop the "niger" and "albus". I never cared much for the term afro-american though.
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For whilte people the words are honkey, whitey, gringo, and cracker... remeber trvon martin a dit racist commentaires on his phone calling the Zimmerman a cracker! Travon was a racist!
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rpcasey001 said:
Who cares? We have a black president. BLACK! The past is over and color is irrelevant and the blacks need to let go of all versions of these words if they ever want to really be free of the slave chains around their necks. This is all on the blacks now. The blacks need to take care of the blacks and address the issues related to black people. There is no plus slave master, ou owner so that means the blacks need to take responsibility. Something that Obama can not do and has set a terrible example for all black people on how to always blame someone else.
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TejanoChimbo said:
► Because you're Pregnant
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ColeThibault said:
It is actually a good thing to say, I say nigger to every nigger on the street, I l’amour saying it, nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger, I just don't know why people think that's bad, it is so fun to say, I mean, most niggers are good dancers, and when I see them dance, all I say is, Yeah go Nigger!
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Yeah toi type it here, I bet if toi say it at all around black ppl is either under your breath ou your with a crowd of other like minded ppl. Ignorance knows no color and holds no alligance. Sorry Im a terible speller.
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zscores said:
Nigger is a bad word as it was the description of a slave, one stripped of free will. Today a nigger is anyone who pays the graduated income tax - that is, an unapportioned direct tax on labor. US Const. Art.1 Sec.9 Cl.4 ; 15 USC 17 ... labor is not a commodity ou article of commerce ... . We are all niggers now and will be so until we change back to exclusive consumption based tax mode. So says it in the Federalist Papers @ : # 10, 12, 14, 21, 31, 39, 51, 62, 78, 79, 83
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swag8121 said:
Cause it is offessive to darker people.
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hayden61 said:
Because black people are ignorant
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Just_saying69 said:
So wait a bpack person is offended par the word "nigger" but us white people are allowed to be called white boy and not be offended bull.shit i am allowed to say.nigger when ever i want if they can call me a white boy ou we should both not say any of those words your choice

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Are toi a white male? I can see how being called boy can be offensive.
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Its not an accurate comparison.
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Aremid said:
I can not answer this question for ever black person. For me the word nigger is just an unfortunate word. What effects me is when someone not black choices to voice the word with hate in their heart. It basically like your spitting on me. So yea, I say we should all just give up Hate. However that will never happend.
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breasia100 said:
yes nigger is a bad word

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obammy_mammy said:
It's not a bad word. Niggers don't like the word because it describes tjem well...piexes of worthless shit.
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 It's not a bad word. Niggers don't like the word because it describes tjem well...piexes of worthless shit.
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ralphmiles said:
Why nigger a bad word

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mattlinn said:
I hate the word nigger par itself but I l’amour to say 'Nigga Please'.
Is that wrong
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adr1234 said:
It is so to different coloured people like black people
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ect2626 said:
The fact that people's lives can be ruined par saying the "N" word is ridiculous. It's just a word. If toi think about it. Only white people get criticized for saying it. It stands to represent a person of dark skin. That's it. Black people say it all the time so the real racism is when white people get in trouble for saying it too.
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Peaceandlove67 said:
It was originally used as a term for black people during the time that slavery existed in the United States and a lot of other areas. At the time, it was a socially accepted term. It's often considered an insult to them because of that. Of course, any word can be a bad word if toi make it bad. I mean, Christ! toi can make citrouille a bad word.
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supercandy123 said:
Nigger is not a bad word if they can use it like water
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Okii-byee said:
Nigger means ignorant. Therefore, if your any race toi can be a nigger. It's not racist! I'm. Nigger I'm ignorant slot but I'm not an African American I'm Caucasian. There's nothing wrong with the word nigger. Although, I'm ladylike I don't use words that sound vulgar.
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bobrd said:
In Shona (one of the Zimbabwean languages) Nigga - pronounced nigger is the name Africans use for men. So it shouldn't be considered racist - but in the daft society we live in - it is considered so
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thehorsegirl123 said:
it is originally from the 17th century uselly against black people who were originally slaves that is all i know

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JEXES said:
Politicians were also slave owners. They coined the term Nigger. Government just loves dividing people. It keeps them in power running the montrer like a horror movie while lining their pockets with dead Presidents.
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