Have you ever been called the N-word, and how did you respond?

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

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Marcell Lockett


"Well, first of all I don't respond, because I know I am not a nigger, or the N-word, as you said. I don't respond because a nigger is a person with low self-esteem, so I don't pay it any attention."


Margie Mitchell


"Yes, I've been called the N-word, and I respond like this. First of all that word, nigger, means to be ignorant. I don't consider myself that, and the people that use it, I consider them being ignorant. It means nothing to me, so I basically ignored it."


Anthony Mabry


"It depends on who's calling me the N-word. If it's with my guys, it's kind of normal; then you don't pay any attention to it. But if it's someone from another race or ethnicity saying it, if the content is offensive and they are saying it to get under your skin, then it's going to be some problems."


Ricky Brown


"Basically, it's never acceptable. It's a derogatory term and it's never acceptable, not even with our young people saying it. We as Africans in America are the architects of civilization. Nowhere in the European or Swahili languages does that word exist. It's used by an ignorant race of people that are white. I respond by letting them know how ignorant it is when they use that word."


Otha Brown


"I've been called the N-word and I was a little upset. I was at the job set in a predominately white community, and a little white kid with his parents called me a nigger. His parents said, 'You know we don't talk like that,' but I knew they were trying to cover it up, because he got it from them. So I just said, 'Hey, I'm not a nigger, I'm African American,' and I was basically talking to his parents."


Trivale Cross


"I was on the bus one day going to North Riverside Mall. I sat by a white person and, as I'm sitting, I can see they thought all black people like to steal. This man moved his bag, and the lady I was sitting next to moved her purse and they had a conversation with the person next to them. One of them said, 'That's why I don't trust niggers.' So, I smiled and said, 'We don't call y'all rednecks. That nigger word is hurtful and our ancestors fought against that. For y'all to still use and pass it around is hurtful.' They got up and off the bus and everybody else starting clapping their hands."

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Hudson Kelly from Phoenix   

Posted: December 26th, 2017 1:27 AM

First all never heard anyone say the word too me or around me and five weeks ago at 40 years old a white dude called me a nigger over the phone. I wanted to kill him through tge phone becsuse i was paralyzed mentally swooping backwards like a dark phoenix. I have trauma due to being born a heroin baby traded by my moms for sex as a kid too her dealer to be called a nigger made me want to get high but what good was compounding such language with a worse substance. I know im not a nigger and i dont want any black citizen of the world to think they are i dont care if your a murderer you are not a nigger. No one is so dispose kill this word because this word is killing us.

Kris from Ny  

Posted: June 8th, 2016 6:40 PM

The next day I saw the man who called me nigger So I grabbed him by his hood and I beat him to the ground That is mad disrespectful And somehow the video got uploaded to worldstarhiphop.

Ian from South Orange  

Posted: June 23rd, 2015 1:59 AM

I don't use the n word I don't like people that use the n word A black person can be intelligent and rich but as soon as they use the n word, they become as low as a person in jail in my eyes Our generation is so na´ve and hard headed (I am 20) our people, our ancestors, our kind faught to see something different A day without being called a n----which meant ignorant and of low power/cheap propert etc and now these fools call each other it all day Fight for what's right

Desi from new castle  

Posted: March 8th, 2015 6:03 AM

To white person .... and how many of those names that you have been called were used during the enslavement of a whole race of people.. who your ancestors then tired to keep that race (ignorant )uneducated so they could keep them and make money! there is no way to justifying keeping that word alive. But again white people called black people the nword for hundreds of years no wonder they refer to themselves as that. The nword is a nasty word and makes you look disgusting when said


Posted: January 12th, 2015 2:11 PM

Why is it OK to say white B-word. But if you say black -bword is racist?

Kayla from Fife  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 1:46 PM

Guys, I know I'm just a kid but that, that was very brave and I can look up to that. You are very inspiring. I feel happy that I can read this. I hope no one in the future ever uses this. Have an amazing life and GOD bless you all ? - Kayla.L 10 yrs old (Filipino)

White person  

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 11:09 PM

Ricky Brown, interesting that you say"It's used by an ignorant race of people that are white", when literally EVERY person I heard using the "N-word" has been black. I cannot recall the number of times I've been called "cracker, honky, white muthu-fuka and white boy" by a black person without any sort of provocation. The irony is that the "N-word" is built out of ignorance, yet you stereotype the entire white race as ignorant, which is ignorant. I didn't realize AWN printed racist opinions.

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