According to data released from a recent study done by the social media analytics website Topsy.com, the n-word has been ingrained in our culture today.
The study shows that Twitter users post the n-word 500,000 times daily, either as n***a or n****r. Words like “bro” and “dude” are only posted about 200,000 – 300,000 times per day.
Researchers believe that the word is so prevalent in pop culture and that young blacks use the word and listen to music full of the word as well. The Daily Mail says:
The reason it is so ingrained in pop culture is that many blacks, especially young blacks reared to the soundtrack of N-word splattered rap music, use it in an ironic way.
They’re aware of its history; they know from their parents and grandparents that arrogant, dumb, racist whites used it as a wicked, derogatory insult against their black slave forebears. And they enjoy the freedom of being able to say it now in the knowledge that it’s become taboo for whites to do so.
I’ll be honest. I use the word and literally everyone I know and come in contact with in a social environment uses the word. Do I feel bad about it? Sometimes. Do I get upset as and when Whites use it? I won’t say I get upset, but it does make me feel uncomfortable. I’m not going to sit here and say that I can stop saying the word because for me, it’s similar to using profanity. It slips sometimes and in certain settings, I’d never use it (i.e. business meetings and church).
I don’t have the answers on how to approach this subject but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Please share them in the comment section below.
Here’s some questions that may help the discussion:
Do you use the word?
How do you feel when you hear it?
Does race matter when using the word?
What solution should be reached?
Source: Daily Mail