These are not the illiterate, Confederate flag waving Neanderthals of Jim Crow South.
These dudes and dudettes are educated; often with multiple degrees under their belt.
They date interracial and attend hallmarks of liberalism like feminist marches, police brutality protests, etc.
Within them though lies a seemingly innate desire to cross boundaries; to push the envelope.
The average white person with an ounce of situational awareness will avoid saying the word when amongst black folks.
Not these winners though. In fact, they tell stories that force them to use the word.
You can be having a conversation with them about vacationing overseas.
They’ll mention how “Niggas In Paris” by Kanye & Jay inspired them to get a passport. Expect the a to be dropped and replaced by a hard e-r.
Or you’ll be talking with them about some of their less progressive family members.
They’ll make sure to throw in how gramps and granny pressured them to “never bring home a nigger.”
My personal favorite is when they apologize right before they get ready to say it; “excuse my language but…. nigger, nigger, nigger.”
Newsflash people; if you have to apologize for something your about to say, then you shouldn’t say it.
Yes, the word is part of everyday vernacular for many black people and other people of color.
Yes, the term is sprinkled throughout hip hop music. Still, white folks; as Ice Cube so eloquently told Bill Maher, it’s not your word.
Convincing yourself that your one of the good ones because you built tee pees in Africa one summer doesn’t change that.