Essay about Black Inferiority Of Black Americans

1067 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
As black Americans, is calling each other the N word like a leopard calling another leopard an animal? Some take high offense to this derogatory term. Most do not care anymore. Why is this word a huge issue to begin with? After all, it is just a word right? WRONG! In the black community, it is a sign of disrespect and using it amongst them just shows they have no respect for other black Americans and most importantly their self. According to Etymology, the “N word” was derived in 1786 and it was a term that carried with it all the obloquy, contempt, and rejection which white people have inflicted on black people. Of course, since one time or another black inferiority was an assumption in English, the word has been used without deliberate insult. Where did it come from? It comes from Latin with their word Niger meaning black. However, no matter the origin the word its self-became derogative in the 1800s. In the 21st century, it remains a means of white racism regardless of who is using it. The use of the N word in the past was manipulated specifically to provoke and hurt. Around the 1950s through the 1960s there was a rise in a movement called the black power movement, which was formed out of the civil rights movement. The black power movement was not a formal movement, but it sparked a turning point in black-white relations in the United States and also in how black Americans saw themselves. By going forth with their own agenda, the movement set out to put…

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