The 'N' Word Persuasive Essay

The 'N' Word
An examination of the African-American use of the word "nigger".
# 119409 | 1,112 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 27, 2010 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Language (General)

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This paper discusses how in the last decade, the use of the word nigger has become politically incorrect and not acceptable. In particular, the paper looks at how the African-American community is now showing society that it is only appropriate when blacks and only blacks use the n-word. The paper also examines how although the different modernized meaning of the word nigger makes it acceptable, the use of nigger among African-Americans is highly hypocritical and reinforces the stereotype that blacks are savage-like, criminal, and destructive.

From the Paper:

"It is evident that the modern use of nigger among African-Americans is significantly different from the degrading racial slur it once was. The word originated as a word used for a slave, which denotes the context of a commodity or subhuman. Before the Civil War, the word was used primarily by slave owners and became acceptable and common. After the Civil War, white supremacists and segregationists continued using the word even without the existence of slavery. Today, nigger is considered the most offensive of racial slurs and even "the most pejorative word in the English language" (Cato) because of the deep-rooted historical context it possesses. Opposing to the past, today blacks are the predominant users of this slur, and it is for the most part accepted by the African American community. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carter, Dwayne. "The Sky is the Limit." Da Drought 3. Young Money Entertainment, 2007.
  • Cato, Kevin. "Nigger: Language, History, and Modern Day Discourse." Intertext (Oct. 2002): n. pag. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. <>.
  • "Dave Chappelle & Maya Angelou." Iconoclasts. Sundance Channel. 30 November 2006.
  • Duclos, Susan. "Is Jesse Jackson A Hypocrite For Using The Word 'Nigger'?" Digital Journal (July 2008): n. pag. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. <>.
  • Pilgrim, David, and Phillip Middleton. "Nigger and Caricatures ." Ferris State University (Sept. 2001): n. pag. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. <>.

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