Arguments for & Against the Usage of the “N” Word When discussing the definition, effects, and the history behind the “N” word, It Is interesting how this word has managed to change over time from having a descriptive meaning, to a negative connotation, and to a positive controversial meaning. That is why there are those who believe that the “N” word should and should not be used, and there are those that believe that only some (or the accepted ones) should use it in order to avoid conflicts. This essay will go over some of the argument against and in favor of the usage of the “N” word.
Starting with arguments against, the older black gentlemen in the first couple of videos believe that using the word Is reverting back Into history (slavery, discrimination, and segregation) from an offensive use. In other words, why would you want to use the “N” word, when it was used to refer to blacks in a derogatory sense? Shouldn’t it be viewed offensively? It is understandable from their point of view because they actually lived and felt what It was Like to be referred to with the “N” word, when the “N” word had a very derogatory and negative connotation.
There re those, a black male and female from Stanford University, who believe that it can be used, but it should not be used so frequently in rap music. In other words, is kind of like using and all the time; Is not about the meaning of the word In Itself anymore, but the frequent usage of profanity in their lyrics. There Is also this double standard argument, which is that some can use it, but others can. In other words, blacks among themselves may use it because they are black but whites, unless they are accepted in the group or community, they can; but not freely. The act is, that whites do use it among their own conversations. ND in most cases, It contains zero racism or hate; although it was first used by whites for derogatory and hate purposes. In video 7/8, some rather have the “N” word censored or eliminate it, and some rather have the “N” word rehabilitate It to the point that the word either has no meaning, or it has a somewhat positive meaning. In one sense, Chris Rock argues that the “N” word, even in his stand up acts, is used to describe the one who does not care to know about anything. In other words, you ask the “N” what is the capital of New York, the “N” Is going to reply: “l don’t know, I’m keeping It real”.
However, he (Rock) has enjoyed the use if it because of what it produces him (profit and fame); and as long as it keeps bringing him benefits, he will continue to use the “N” word or any other word In his acts. Therefore, is not like he is comfortable that everyone uses it, but not matter how much Is the word censored, It will be used no matter what. Moving on, arguments In favor are mostly argued by rappers In these videos. According to Ice Cube in video 5/8, he argues that the rap and hip-hop community an actually digest the term adopt it and finally use it with a more rebellious meaning.
He even says that even If a white person uses the “N” word positively, he Is not going to kill him or shoot him. Interestingly, a white person on that same video argues that black people have been able to use the “N” word and turn it into their own word; and actually feel proud of it by removing all the history and racism that it people have over used it so much that the word actually means nothing negative, it just means what ever you want to make it mean, depending on the context and situation.
Another argument in favor is that if the rappers use it so much, and not Just blacks buy their music, but Latino, Asian, and other ethnically people, they should be able to freely use it because even though they are not blacks, they referred to them with the “N” word in a positive and trendy mode. Moreover, Harlem NYC also argues that everything containing a negative meaning will turn into a positive. In other words, “the hip hop generation is turning negatives into positives”, “all we want is positivist’.
The arguments presented in favor have something common, which is that he word does not carry the same connotation it did centuries before; even though it could depending on the situation and context. Finally, Dry. Benjamin Chivies Muhammad believes that hip-hop phenomenon has transcended the history of white supremacy, the history of racism, the history of discriminating other for their color, and the history of class. To conclude, when discussing the definition, effects, and the history behind the “N” word, it can be a very complex subject. However, it is ones) should use it in order to avoid conflicts.