Nigga And Nigger

Chance writes: The words nigger and nigga are like father and son they are forever linked. Hear one you think of the other.

Nigga And Nigger

(The Origins Of The N Word)

By Chance, Chancellorfiles

Chance: The word nigga is a word that many black Americans use publicly and in private when speaking with fellow blacks. Sometimes blacks use the word nigga as a way of greeting each other. Example what’s up nigga is a way of saying hello, but if two blacks are arguing what’s up nigga can be a challenge to a fight. The word nigger spelled with the er at the end is the word that was used by whites during the time of black slavery in America. Whites used the word nigger as a way of degrading, humiliating, and embarrassing black slaves. So blacks during the time of slavery were constantly referred to by whites as niggers. Nigger with the er at the end is a derogatory term and a racial epithet to describe a black person. It is a term used to insult a black person anywhere on this planet.

The Origins Of The Word Nigger

The word nigger comes from the Latin language in Latin it is spelled niger with one g. The word niger in latin means black. When Spain started shipping black slaves from Africa to South America the Spaniards referred to blacks as negros. When American whites started using the word negro to describe a black slave. White Americans got the word negro from the Spaniards because Spain had black slaves in South America.  As time went on the White Americans living in the southern slaves states started to mispronunciation the word negro. They started pronouncing it niggero as time went on they started saying nigger. So blacks were called niggers from that point forward. 

The Origin Of The Word Nigga

The word nigga is a mispronunciation of the word nigger, whites in the southern states did not allow black slaves to learn how to read and write. It was illegal to teach a slave how to read and write in Southern states. White slave masters knew that an educated person can cause problems if they disagree with you. So therefore, black slaves were not allowed to learn how to read and write. A white person caught teaching a black slave how to read and write was punished by law. Now, because black slaves could not read and write so they would mispronounce words nigger became nigga, poor became poo, fool became foo, master became massa, brother became brotha, sister became sista, mother became motha, father became fatha, etc.

So the word nigga ending with the letter A is the mispronounced form of the word nigger which ends with er.

Hip hop Culture

The Hip hop culture and rap music has made the word nigga more popular than the word nigger many young people whom are kids, teenagers, young adults in their 20s and 30s use the word nigga. When speaking with each other and these young people come from all racial groups, hip hop is international and universal and goes pass all racial and ethnic lines. So hip hop has helped to some degree the word nigger take upon a less offensive meaning. By many people using the word nigga in hip hop instead of nigger. Hip hopsters know that nigger is derogatory and a racial slur. And they know that nigga is an expression of friendship and affection.

Conclusion

Chance: Blacks must understand also that when they use the word nigga in public other ethnic groups also hear them. And yes, these other ethnic groups understand in which context blacks mean and use the word nigga. They know blacks use it as a term of affection and friendship. But at the sametime it still reminds people of the word nigger, the two words nigga and nigger can really never ever be separated why? Because the word nigger is the father of the word nigga. The two word travel together because nigger gave birth to nigga and they will forever be linked. If blacks use the word nigga then certain people from other ethnic groups will want to use the word nigger to insult a black person. This is true and sometime people from other ethnic group use the word nigger to insult blacks. So remember nigger is the father of nigga and the two will always be linked forever when one disappears the other will die also.   

By Chance Kelsey (Chancellor)

Written during the 21st century by Chance            


  1. hey that’s kinda like when i say my people are “fresh from the boat”.. (doesn’t include me of course cuz i was born in the states) yeah i’m joking but when someone other than my race says it, i get pissed. 😕

  2. I feel you on that muffins, that’s why I say we as black people have to consider using that word private. Instead of in public.

    Thanks for coming by muffins and being so supportive it really means a lot.

    Take care, Baby muffins

    Chance

  3. Anonymous

    thanks your info helped me with my assignment.

  4. Chance

    @ commenter 3,

    thanks your info helped me with my assignment.

    Your welcome, this is one of the reasons I write.

    Thank you and feel free to visit again.

  5. The last few weeks I have been very interesting. Taking the time to look up this word that have been poisoning my ears and piercing heart as the many young African descendents comfortably misuses the word nigga.
    However, was it faith that kept our heritage alive during and beyond the years of slavery? During my research in the past week or so, I found that Europeans have misused the word nigga/and or nigger.
    It seems that during the early times of ancient Egypt, the word was first encountered by the Europeans as Romans tried to invade Ethiopia (assatashakur) upon the word N-g-r, once a word use to describe the name God.
    Again, I’m still researching all perspective data that may gave me a clear understanding of the misused word, “Nigga.” I think if we educated ourselves on the word, then we will fine new ways to refer to our brothers, sisters, and to ourselves as individuals.

    References:

    http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/showthread.ph
    p?t=13828

    http://www.term-paper.us/ts/hc/svn243.shtml

  6. REVISION
    The last few weeks have been very interesting. I am taking the time to look up the word “nigga,” that have been poisoning my ears and piercing heart as many young African descendents at JobCorps (a trade school) and other social gatherings, comfortably misuses the word. However, was it faith that kept our heritage alive during and beyond the years of slavery? During my research in the past week or so, I found that Europeans have misused the word nigga/and or nigger as well as we did and do today.
    It seems that during the early times of ancient Egypt, the first Europeans, the Romans, who tried to invade Ethiopia, stumbled upon the word N-g-r, once a word use to describe the name God (assatashakur). Again, I’m still researching all perspective data that may give me a clear and understanding of the misused word, “Nigga.” I think if we educated ourselves and today’s Black youths on the word, then we will fine new ways to refer to our brothers, sisters, via ourselves.

    References:
    http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/showthread.ph
    p?t=13828

    http://www.term-paper.us/ts/hc/svn243.shtml.

  7. Chance

    Pdog thanks for commenting and leaving the links I appreciate it.

  8. Joseph

    Blacks who do use nigga are fine with whites or someone from another race who use it too. I kind of see it integrated as a gesture of affection with people of other races as well. It’s almost normal to see even whites say “What’s good my nigga” to each other.

  9. Chance

    @ Joseph,

    I agree that there are many whites, and even some non whites who use the word nigga in an affectionate way with each. This is mainly due to the hip hop culture that black Americans have spreaded through the world. The hip hop culture allows people of different ethnic backgrounds to participate in a unified culture (hip hop culture).

    You made a good observation there Joseph.




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