There. I said it.
THAT is the so-called N-Word that the NAACP symbolically buried (complete with a wooden coffin full of black roses) this past weekend at their 98th annual convention in Detroit.
THAT is the word that no one wants to say. Newspapers won’t print it. TV reporters won’t say it. Hell, I even feel uncomfortable typing it.
According to dictionary.com: “The term nigger is now probably THE most offensive word in English.”
Unfortunately, if that’s true, then it doesn’t bode well for the whole mock funeral thing conducted this weekend. It’s hard to imagine THE most offensive word in our language getting less popular and dying out any time soon. That’s not how language works.
Maybe if the word nigger was really old and outdated we could replace it with something less offensive. But, having come into popular usage around the time of our Revolutionary War (about 230 years ago), the N-word is just a baby next to something like ‘the C-word’ (yes- I’m talking about Cunt) which has it’s earliest know citation at about 1230 AD.
The N-word still has a lot of growing to do.
The NAACP is a great organization with great goals. It is, without question, one of “the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States” and I applaud their work on behalf of the rights of African Americans.
But I would recommend that for their 100th annual convention two years from now, they come up with something a little less cheesy and a little more realistic.
( Here’s the video from Detroit Television about the convention. )