It carries such power.
It can offend a whole race.
It is a trigger to a memory of years of hate and anguish.
I listen to a lot of rap music.
They use the word. A lot.
The majority of artists in rap music are black.
So, why do they use a word that carries such hate?
Because they have changed the nature of the word.
They have taken everything bad about the word, and made it something good.
A nigger is a friend.
Listen to any number of rap albums to see what I’m saying.
People give words power.
But, the people also have the power to change how a word is used.
How can a black man be offended by being called a nigger, if there is no power in it.
It’s like firing an empty gun.
Nigger is the one of the most powerful words in the history of language.
Perhaps, no longer.