Voices of Reason

The “N” Word – audio

Few words in American dialogue have the historic significance and create more controversy than the n-word. First uttered decades ago as a slur against African Americans during slavery, that continued through the nation’s birth and even through the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It became less acceptable during the 80s and today is considered inappropriate for “polite company.”

Ironically, however, the word is quite prevalent in the hip-hop and rap cultures, so much so that young people of all races and ethnicities are using it. But is that okay? On this episode of the Voices of Reason Podcast, we discuss the use of the n-word and whether it’s ever appropriate for a non-African American person to use it, or anyone for that matter. Is it free speech or hate speech, and is it still offensive if a Caucasian or Latino person uses it?

Does its widespread usage in music and hardcore rap culture make it acceptable language overall and less offensive within mainstream society? Or is it just as profane as it ever was when it was first created to denigrate black people during the nation’s infancy?

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Published: Monday December 26, 2016
Runtime: 00:29:58