Journal entry#3

Negro, Nigger, black, nigga, african american and colored

 

Since the 1930s there has been a lot of discrimination and racial issues towards blacks. At that time the great depression was occurring, and that affected black even more, this was because during the great depression there were lost of many jobs and there was no money to spend. The discrimination towards blacks in the 1930s was a problem because it made black not important, some things that changed from black and white were water, blacks had normal water and whites had cold water.

 

According to: Dictionary.com “The term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. The senses labeled Extremely Disparaging and Offensive represent meanings that are deeply insulting and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense.” In my perspective nigger is the one of the most offensive word out of the 6 of them. This is because that word could be very uncomfortable for some people. Nigger is a world used for an insulte more of the time, not like colored or black.

 

According to: oxford dictionary.com the term negro is “A member of a dark-skinned group of peoples originally native to Africa south of the Sahara.” The word Negro was adopted from Spanish and Portuguese and first recorded from the mid 16th century. It remained the standard term throughout the 17th–19th centuries and was used by prominent black American campaigners such as W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington in the early 20th century. I think the word negro is one of the most offensive word in english because it is a racial term in spanish that is used in english.

 

According to www.urbandictionary.com the term black is like saying african american, it also is the opposite of nigger. I agree with that definition because I personally think that black is not offensive to black people, this is because it is a way of saying the skin color in a nice way not like nigger or nigga.

 

According to www.dictionary.com the term Nigga is used mainly among African Americans, but also among other minorities and ethnicities, in a neutral or familiar way and as a friendly term of address. It is also common in rap music. However, nigga is taken to be extremely offensive when used by outsiders.Many people consider this word to be equally as offensive as nigger. The words nigger andnigga are pronounced alike in certain dialects, and so it has been claimed that they are one and the same word. I think that the term nigga is the most offensive among the six of them because it is a way to offend a black person. I also think that people use it to offend black people, that is why they use it in songs.

 

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