My roots reduced to a word
First of all, the N-word comes from the word *egro meaning “black” in Spanish and Portuguese. During the slave trade the English-speaking countries adopted the word. Later the N-word ending with *egro, evolved into the N-word ending with *igger. Particularly in the United States of America it was used to slander the enslaved black population. Despite the fact that the USA abolished the slave trade in 1808, the word is still alive and kicking amongst people until this day.
We can argue all day about the intentions one has when saying the N-word. Either way, that’s just crazy since that label carries centuries of unimaginable pain and suffering. If the word was a descriptive term in let’s say the Congolese vocabulary or wasn’t linked to centuries of slavery, I’d understand. But It’s not! Same goes for women and gay people calling each other “bitch”, “faggot” and other useless slurs. It’s not okay!
To me, the infamous N-word is a patronizing name used to describe a man or woman of a dark skin rich in melanin. Containing the same negative connotation, the term downgrades a human being to merely an object. Regardless of my background, my last name, my culture, my achievements, my emotions, I am often reduced to a bad word that my people never came up with themselves. So why do we keep on using that racist label? Am I still not a man and a brother?