The 'N' Word it Just slips out

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The 'N' Word It Just Slips Out By Allen Francis "What's up, niggaz?" "You crazy nigga, you buggin'!" "See you later, niggaz!" That's the way my older brother and his friends used to talk to each other. I think I was around 7 when my older brother  became my center of attention. He and his friends sounded so cool, and that strange, interesting word "nigger" would  come up in their conversations so much. So, to be like my older brother and his friends, the word "nigger" or today's preferable spelling "nigga" became a part of  my vocabulary. It was how my family and friends addressed each other--seriously, humorously, and otherwise. My  brothers, sisters, and I used it freely and I never thought twice about it. Even though I used it all the time, the word had no real meaning for me. I just substituted it for phrases such as "What's  up?" and "Hey you." The Real Meaning of the Word It wasn't until fourth grade that I learned the racist meaning of the word. A chubby, naive kid named Al asked his teacher,  "Is there still prejudice in the South?" My teacher looked at me, perplexed, and said, "Prejudice is everywhere." That's when I started to take Black History  Month seriously and learned about the struggles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all those other prominent figures in the  civil rights movement. I saw all those movies and documentaries that showed Blacks being whipped, beaten, attacked by  dogs and having fire hoses opened on them during sit-ins and demonstrations. It shocked me so, so much that it would take me too long to go into how. And then, in the midst of all that racist violence, I 
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course LIT 337 taught by Professor Jackson during the Winter '10 term at Grand Valley State University.

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