I don’t think we should use it. We’ve come such a long way as a people. We have an African American president. We should reflect the time we’re living in and communicate with each other in a way that builds each other up.
We have young people using it as a term of endearment to describe street love. People are trying to make it into a positive thing. I don’t endorse it, but I understand it has a double meaning.
We’re in 2014. Black people aren’t the only people using the word. White people, Spanish people, people of all nationalities use it on each other. It’s appalling. I don’t like to hear that word. It’s crazy.
It’s all in the context — how you use it. If someone says ‘what’s up my n-----,’ it’s okay. If you say ‘you n-----,’ it’s disrespectful. It’s like the word ‘negro’ in Spanish.
I’m from Alabama. I don’t like hearing the word at all under any circumstances. It’s degrading. A lot of my family fought and died behind that name.
It’s in the public domain. The more we use it, the more it gets used in the public domain. If we don’t want it out there, we have to stop using it.