Why are such hurtful words used in the friendliest of terms? I hear the N word constantly being used amongst all ethnicities and as an African American woman something turns inside me when someone uses it. I think to myself, what would my ancestors who fought so hard and even died for my rights, think of this careless use of a word that oppressed our ancestors for generations. I imagine they would feel as if their work will never be done because now this disrespect for African American history is natural and accepted for everyone to use at their leisure.
Candi Marsh, Engineering Computer Science & Technology Academic Advisor, says she choose not to say it out of respect for her grandmother and the hatred she went through growing up. Many of our grandmothers and other relatives faced racism. Racism is not something that only existed 300 years ago. It is an immortal parasite that continues to feed off the hatred and ignorance of others. This issue may not seem like a big deal for everyone but it becomes a big issue when a stranger becomes upset with my 14 year old brother and decides to call him a “nigger” because my brother won an online game against him. This is why I choose not to use this type of language. For too long have black people been the victims of self-hate and we need to learn how to love ourselves and not allow other people to hate us.
We, the youth, need to set the standards by saying we live above the norm others have created. Do not let allow parasites to use you. Realize and understand what you say before you say it.