Originally Posted by TricsMan
I guess only black comedians get to use that word. For the rest of us, it's off limits.
I really REALLY wanted to remain silent on this issue, but it's just so hard not to chime in with something I feel strongly about. And, I recognize that this may tailspin this thread. But there is something to be said for the above comment. Without getting into historical events that influence the meaning of the word in question, I can't help but wonder if the reason that it still holds such an immense taboo, is due in large part to how it's been turned into a term of endearment within African-American communities. Because of this, and the attached restrictions upon usage of said term outside of African-American communities, has magnified the stigma surrounding it, while simultaneously keeping it a relevant and meaningful term. I really don't want to come off as racist, sympathetic towards racists, or in any other negative light, but most, if not all, people in human history have been oppressed. I, myself, am Jewish, and heavens knows the trials of my ancestors, yet such hateful terms like kike and heeb, have become all but extinct. It's one thing to attach significance to a term, but that term should not continue to be relevant in these times, yet it is. And it is, for a reason.
Edit: Long story short (and this is the part that I expect to get flamed for), is that by keeping the term alive and in constant use, with the negative taboo and exclusive rights that African-American's have given it, they are in effect keeping alive the very racism that they so abhor. It's a never ending cycle, that we are continuously beaten over the head for, and quite honestly it's not fair. Again, how many Irish or Jewish or Catholic or Spanish, etc related racism conflicts do we hear about? Is it because the any of their periods of oppression were somehow of a lesser degree? I don't believe so, it's because they don't bring it up, and allow the rest of the world to move on and forget.