The Ubiquitous “N” Word

The “n” word is a prejorative or bastardized form of the more general negro or necro roots meaning black as in devoid or absence as in nothing and dead, respectively. It was initially connected as a descriptive to the behavior of one was without civilization or culture. The term actually predates its more common use. With colonization and slavery, the objectification and commodification of Afrikan people meant its more particular application to them AS objects viewed as other than human, having no intrinsic value beyond their status as “slave” and no culture or civilization having come from what Eurocentric philosophers like Hegel called the “dark continent” referring not so much to skin color but the supposed lack of thought and intelligence there.


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