Nope. Sorry. That literally is not how equality and free speech work. We do not separate certain words and phrases into certain demographics who have a pass at being able to say them.
This is like me asking…
Either way, slurs aren’t meant to be used, unless you want to be a racist or a dick. Why do white people think Black people came together and had a meeting on whether or not they wanted to reclaim the word Nigga (or aka Nigger)? There was no congressional for this.
There are black people out there who DO NOT like or use that word at all. In general, no matter who uses it, it’s a slur.
Then there are black people who do use the word, because they did reclaim it. (And the idea of reclaiming is that only BLACK PEOPLE can use that word, not white people)
Then there are black people who internalize racism, but we won’t talk about them…
Either way for everybody’s sake, people WHO AREN’T BLACK should not use the word. 1. Because it’s still a slur to a good amount of people. 2. it’s an insult to think that since “black people can use it, it’s okay.” How bout, hell no? When white people use the word, not only are they YET AGAIN stripping power away from black people, white people are also bringing up the history of abused and tortured ancestors.
And going back to the stripping away power bit. It’s such a tiny fucking thing. Such a tiny thing, yet white people can’t handle that shit. They CANNOT handle black people telling them what or what not to say. It’s one fucking word. If you need a word that much, go read a dictionary. White people feel so entitled, like we have to accommodate for them, umm…how about no?
Yet, watch my butt go to some country club and try to meander my way in, cuz you know what? *white person voice* The country club is like in America. And I live in America? We all share the same flag? Like…How am I not allowed in here?
White people, we didn’t invite you anywhere. We didn’t invite you to participate in our culture. And that pisses you off.
My opinion is that a slur is offensive no matter who says it, and who says it doesn’t change anything, it brings the same memories, the same past, the same implications. If a black man looked at what happens in Ferguson and said “look at all those niggers” that wouldn’t be any more acceptable than a white man saying it.
But I’m from a country that works that way, where slurs can’t be reclaimed. I don’t understand the logic behind reclaiming a slur, because black people can be as racist as white people, like you said, they’re not a hive mind. Some black people use the word “nigger” in a context where it’s meant to be a racial insult, so that’s where my opinion on that comes from. I’m not well informed about the situation / racial tensions / racial past tensions and issues in the US, though, not beyond the history courses I took. So that’s just me drawing abstract theories and expressing my opinion in a vacuum, and you shouldn’t give it any more credit than to an relatively uninformed foreigner’s perspective.
I have a question though about your last paragraphs, are you not allowed in country clubs? Does that sort of thing happen in the US?
You can have that opinion, as long as you don’t participate in using slurs. Which, I’m assuming, you don’t.
Yes, some black people can participate in white supremacist values and use the word in a derogatory way, but most black people I know use the word with a different definition.
The word you’re actually looking for is discriminatory. Black people can discriminate against white people, but they can never be racist and that is because unlike white people, black people do not have a system in power (the media, the government etc.) backing up those discriminatory values.
I used the word country club, although I have limited knowledge in them. (Obviously, I’m not a part of one.) Due to media, I usually relate country clubs to white people, but I know non-white people can have and be a part of country clubs too. But to be in a country club, I’m pretty sure you have to be invited to one…
I just tried to use analogy that white people like to invite themselves into spaces that don’t belong to them, but as soon as they get called out for it, they get offended and scream Racism. Yet, is it not something they have been doing for years to People of color? And they continue to do so… There are white spaces now that PoC can’t penetrate, but when we try to claim a space for our own, white people get mad because they feel excluded.
Also as a P.S. or a side note. I generally don’t use the N word. I’m white/latina passing African-American. I don’t want to disrespect other black people since they might assume I’m white and also I don’t want white people or latinx or asians think it’s okay to use that word since they see a white passing person using it.
I’m African-American. I’m black. I was called the N-word by other people. All had different contexts. My father used the word to remind me of where I came from. Friends used it as a term of camaraderie. White people used it when they wanted to insult me.
Since I don’t use the word, you best believe I’m offended when white people believe they have the right to use the word. (Sorry that was long)
"Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples." - Wikipedia
Even based on what you said, black people can still be racist against white people.