For once, I’m going to do a serious post.
I don’t like saying “nigger” or writing “nigger”, but saying or writing “the n-word” is worse. First, it forces the listener to fill in the blank. So while you’re saying “n-word” I have to say “nigger” over and over again in my own head. It’s like being held hostage.
Second, saying “n-word” is pandering. It implies that people, especially African-Americans, cannot tell the difference between an
intellectual discussion about the word “nigger” and being CALLED a “nigger”. By all accounts I am as white as white gets