I know these sort of ethnic debates have become commonplace, I've seen more than a couple, especially on YT and various news articles, so everyone should be familiar with them, and perhaps some of us have come to a decision on the topic; I know that I have, and this quote accurately sums up the basic foundation of my opinion: Source: Nigga
The current subject: source: Nigger Versus Nigga!Comedian Chris Rock's routine "Niggas vs. Black People" distinguishes a nigga, which he defined as a "low-expectation-having motherfucker", from a "black person". In contrast, Tupac Shakur in an interview in the documentary Tupac: Resurrection distinguished between nigger and nigga: "Niggers was the ones on the rope, hanging off the thing; niggas is the ones with gold ropes, hanging out at clubs."
Some interesting history on the original word: Nigger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaA common place of contention amongst black youth (and indeed, the youth in general) is the usage of the word nigga vs. nigger. Nigga is often used synonymously with, and in the same sense as, other less controversial slang words such as dude and guy. Many older black people argue that the change in pronunciation is not enough to successfully separate the word as young people would have it used from its older, more offensive roots. In fact, this claim is not without merit, since certain non-rhotic regional pronuniciations of the words render them virtually identical in pronunciation. Thus, it would be impossible for someone in such a situation to determine whether the phrase "what up, my nigga" was an insult or an endearment. In some places, the usage of nigga is closely monitored, to the extent that it would be an insult to say "Hey you niggas" (grammatically analogous to "Hey you guys") but saying "what up my niggas" (a usage which would seemingly connote condescendence and superiority) would be perfectly acceptable.
"Nigga," if one considers it as an entity separate from "nigger," may be even more complex in usage, because generally its use as an endearment or an insult is dependent almost solely on the listener's interpretation when spoken to. Generally, it is best to use the word only in situations where one is absolutely sure that it is acceptable (such as after hearing it used casually by the person one is talking to.)
So, I'm not creating this topic in order to start shit, I'm genuinely interested in peoples opinions. Apparently, white people are even offended by the word -as I found out recently, apparently. This reraised the question this topic presents within me.
I don't know, guys. Opinions please!