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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

wade78 Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:16 AM
No pundit has ever written about the origins of the 'N word. Think about it. Its born out of the abysmal ignorance of an almost illiterate society when you think about it. There is a river in Africa called the Niger. There is a country in Africa called Nigeria on the coastline that colonial ships could reach. The Niger river empties out into the Gulf of Guinea. So "Where'd you get that slave?" "I got him from the N' word River" "Oh he's an N'word." Really ignorant pathetic white history. I would tell me son to tell bullies that Niger rhymes with Tiger and that's what you'll get if you call me anything but 'Sir'.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:40 AM
And if I (a pale face) had kids who taunted black kids with the N-word... I'd whup their @sses for it.
One for All Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 12:11 PM
The French word (and all other variations) stem from the Latin "niger" meaning black. The name of the river possibly comes from the Tuareg name egerew n-igerewen, used for the name of the river around the Timbuktu area, where the Trans-Saharan trade routes ended. In fact the river had many names from different tribes of the area and was not mapped until the 18th century when the entire river was named as "The Niger River".
vietnamvet Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:40 AM
In German (one of the roots of English) the word for black skinned people is neger. It's pronounced with a short 'e' and rhymes with 'begger'.
Many of the slave ships were Dutch, another Germanic language. It is conceiveable that a word like 'ni*ger' was heard frequently among slavers ... and they weren't all illiterate.

I'd say that wade78 is not cut out to be our histroian, nor our language expert.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:36 AM
But that is still a pretty clever come back. If a black kid meets white bullies who call him n*gger, he could say yeah he came from the land of the Niger and that rhymes with Tiger and all the rest. Or he could just walk away from the confrontation if possible, sadly snickering at how ignorant the bullies are. Sometimes that isn't possible and the bluff must be called.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:33 AM
Both come from a French root "nigr-" that means black. The native word for the Niger river would have nothing to do with it.

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