Did the title of my post catch your eye!? Did it offend you? Well I’m glad.
I feel like the word is used SO much in western culture that people have forgotten it’s history and what it actually means…
Firstly I just want to say how hard it was for me to title this post because I am completely against using the word. I believe words have power and the words you use attract similar energies into your life. Not in a magical kind of way, in a laws of attraction kind of way.
I feel like people are completely desensitised to the N word now. I don’t think it’s “reclaiming” to use a derogatory term meant for you because of your religion, sexual preferences, race or any other reason. You should be offended if someone calls you a N***** and you are black! It’s NOT OKAY.
ESPECIALLY if you consider them your friend. ‘My N*****’ is not a greeting. Just take a second to think what that would have meant if someone said it 100 years ago. It would literally mean they owned you. That is not 💯 is it!
What inspired this post is that I was in a very well established card shop looking for a Mother’s Day card recently and a song was on with the word in. The word was repeated over and over again… I felt so uncomfortable I had to leave the shop. I didn’t say anything about it because I felt like it was normal to everyone else and like I might be over reacting. How crazy is that!? I have since sent the company an email regarding their music choices in store because it’s not okay to be quite EVER! The world would never change.
I take it so personally and find it very hard to listen to musicians (black, white or purple) who use the word frequently in their music.
What I have noticed as a designer though is that you don’t often see it written because somehow that isn’t alright. Seeing the word is considered more offensive!? What’s that about could someone please explain? 😒
So… what’s your view on the word? Are you happy to listen to it repeated again and again in popular culture? Do you even notice it anymore?
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