Nigger

racial slur usually directed at black people

Nigger is a racist insult against black people. Like the word "nigga", it can be used in pop culture slang. However, it is mainly used by those who believe that White people are better than everybody else.[1]

The word came from a slang pronunciation of "negro", which is the word for the color black and for black people in Spanish and Portuguese.[2] Before 1865, most black persons in the United States were slaves. During this time, the word "nigger" usually meant a slave. Writers such as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain,[3] and Charles Dickens used it.

Today, the word is an offensive racial slur in English, and is often thought as hate speech. "Nigger" has become so taboo in the United States that most people do not use the word; instead, they call it the "N-word".

Pop cultureEdit

In the 1980s and 1990s, many hip hop artists used the word “nigger.” One hip hop group called themselves NWA, which stood for “Niggaz Wit Attitudes”. Their 1988 single “Straight Outta Compton” used the word, which made the group and its songs controversial. NWA also used the word “nigga” in a song called “Fuck tha Police,” which talked about violent behavior by the police and being suspicious of, or discriminating against people because of their skin color. Other rappers also used the word. For example, XXXTentacion used it in most of his tracks, including “Bad Vibes Forever” (released in 2019).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Starkey, Brando Simeo (18 May 2017). "If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you'd NEVER use it". The Undefeated.
  2. Pilgrim, David (September 2001). "Nigger and Caricatures". Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  3. Twain, Mark (2004). Life on the Mississippi. Kessinger Publishing. p. 11, 13, 127, 139, 219. ISBN 978-1-4191-3041-0.