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What does the word nigger mean? A question that no one would expect a nine year old to ask another person. A phrase that could cause anyone, not just a nine year old, a whole world of trouble. What led me to ask not only my childhood best friend, but also his mom, what the word “nigger” meant, was when we were in his front yard while a black mailman delivered mail in our neighborhood.
One day I walked over to my friend Nick’s house, I rang the doorbell and nick opened the door. He let me inside and we watched TV for a little while then we decided to play a game called War. Nick and I never have failed to play “War” a single time we hung out with each other, so we considered ourselves “the best at playing war.” We took the game War seriously,
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I finally found out what the word “nigger” meant thanks to good ole google. My thoughts were “really? It means a black person? How is that an insult?” Luckily I still had some innocence back when I was nine years old. I didn’t really think that people would hate other people just because they have different colored skin then someone else. I thought that the word “nigger” was dumb and a terrible insult. Not a “terrible insult” in the sense of it being a harsh thing to say to somebody, but that it was a stupid insult and I could think of something better to insult someone else with. I just did not get why the word “nigger” is considered a cuss …show more content…
Racism is something everyone has encountered at least once in their life, whether it was them being racist or someone else being racist towards them. By calling a black person a “nigger” it is bringing up the times of when their people were slaves, when the term was first created. Back then they were treated like dirt and calling them “niggers” was a major insult. By using this term now we bring up the times they were oppressed by others just because they had a different skin color than them. They were judged solely based on that and not by their character. It was unfair and unjust. I have looked back on the incident with the mailman many times now and I feel like a major jerk for calling that mailman a nigger. I did not even know what the word meant, but I used it anyway. I have not used the word since the incident either. After looking back on it, ever since the incident with the mailman I have been more careful with what I say now. I try not to use words that I do not know what they exactly mean. The word “nigger” has impacted me greatly now that I think about it. It sounds weird and wrong to say, but I’m glad I called that mailman a nigger that day. I do not hate black people at all and I feel bad about insulting him, but the reason why

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