The Biggest N-Bomb Controversies In History

July 16, 2013 ‐ By Meg Butler
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We have had a long, tumultuous relationship with the n-word in the United States. And each time a celebrity lets their racism slip publicly, the debate pops up again. Here’s a review of some of the biggest n-bombs in history and what the fallout says about when it is and isn’t OK to use the word.

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  • Marcie Daniels

    being white I don’t drop the “N-bomb” one time while fighting with my (black) ex whom I have a child in common, I called him “N***er” although at the time I hated him for lots of things, I felt so horrible having called him that (although n***a was a word he used everyday) I had to say I was sorry. When an old friend of mine called my child an “adorable little niglet” I decided to punch her and our relationship was strained. I don’t care if black people want to use the word between themselves and their buddies. However NO white people should use it, their excuse “well black people say it” is NOT justification for using it, and the dude below me said it best… “Well… How on earth do we expect anybody else to respect us when we, clearly, think so little of ourselves by, too, using the word so brazenly?” Agreed to an extent Clark, but I take black people just as serious as a Hispanic, Asian, Gays..whoever. Though I understand not all white folk are like myself, and maybe they want to look stupid..? Just a thought 🙂

    • shellyTheGreat

      I appreciate your honesty. This is a huge reason why I will never be involved with a non-black man…they will always look at you as a n*gger no matter what, and it will eventually come out.

  • KJ23

    I used to be very liberal with the word myself (as a black woman) but once one of my white friends said it when I got older, and it did something to me, that’s when I decided to stop. The thing that always bothered me is, why some Caucasian people are so determined to say it, then use the excuse of “well Black people say it.” If people are upset at it, shouldn’t that be enough for you not to say it? Some people just seem so invested in saying that word at all costs… Like almost gleeful in using it.

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    Wasnt the Source Benzino’s magazine? Or was his XXL? Either way Benzino’s mag only did that cause he was mad that Em was so successful and giving them bogus ratings and his albums were all flops and still gave his stuff great ratings.

  • Beejcee

    I agree with Clarke, I don’t think anyone should have a pass. My parents didn’t use it, as a parent I don’t use it, it is not a family word to me, not endearing in the least. That being said, this article does not give NAS a pass nor Eminem. Not sure I understand why JaRule, Kanye and Jay-Z get one. Thanks for the explanation.

  • Clarke

    Well… How on earth do we expect anybody else to respect us when we, clearly, think so little of ourselves by, too, using the word so brazenly?

    If this word does symbolize ‘restoration’ and ‘pride’ within the minds of some deceived Black people, what else are we going to help proudly restore in the future? – Trans-Atlantic Slavery? Overt Racial-Segregation? The Jim-Crow Laws? Lynching?

    This is a word in which was legal in this Country, a mere 52 years ago, in order to demean, degrade, disparage and dehumanize my people. It carries hundreds-of-years of Racist, White, Contempt and was the foundation for which my ancestors and forefathers were outwardly seen – nothing. Therefore, for the life of me, I cannot support anybody who abuses this word. Irrespective of where it was birthed, the contexts in which it was used in, or what it originally represented and was applied to, post- 1700, the word became derogatory and is still used to profoundly offend and insult today.

    If my Grandparents (of whom lived in North-West Mississippi the majority of their lives) were still alive and were to see and hear the many ‘Black people’ who excuse this word today [as a sign of ‘reclamation’ and how we have altered the suffix of ‘er’ into ‘a’ in order to, somehow, neutralize the negative aspect and accentuate a thoroughly illogical positive one] would break down in tears – because, either way, the word plays out against a large background of sub-concious, internalized racism. It needs to be eradicated from our psyche.

    I absolutely, both, loathe and despise the “N-Word” and am extremely vocal in voicing my opinion whenever I am to here somebody, especially when they are around me, use it.

    • Eva

      I’m so proud of you… I absolutely agree. Absolutely. Wonderfully written and explained.

    • Fair and Balanced

      I agree with you 100% stay strong.