Use and nonuse of N-word

The Paula Deen episode prompts this letter.

The N-word definitely relates to black slaves. The British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese took slaves from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and probably other countries along the Niger and Volta rivers on the west coast of Africa.

Tribes sold the men, women and children of other tribes they had beaten. The sold slaves were black. The Spanish and Portuguese word for black is “Negro.” I suggest the N-word we despise came from mispronunciation, misuse and time.

How do we get people to stop using it?

I suggest adults stop using it and tell their children not to use it because it hurts the people they use it against. Singers and songwriters could also stop using it. Tell me how much uncontested usage there still is of the following slang terms that were highly offensive and used in a contemptuous manner: Cracker, Dago, Fairy, Guinea, Homo, Honkie, Kike, Lesbo, Mick, Pig, Polack, Queer, Redneck, Towel Head, WASP, Wop.

Is it possible that both social media and people that want the spotlight keep the N-word alive? Yes, people that lived in the era when all the aforementioned contemptuous terms were used in everyday speech will probably still slip up, but that does not mean the arguments against the usage should become national news and cause the ostracizing of the offenders.

Bob Druktanis

Sharpsburg



More Opinion

Help us fill the stocking

The Newnan Times-Herald is kicking off its second annual Fill the Stocking campaign. The campaign raises money to help the needy at Christma ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: RANT: Darwin Rivera-Najia, 38, was arrested on two counts of child molestation. ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia, on the passing of former Gov. Carl Sanders: We wouldn't have the Georgia we know today if it weren' ... Read More


Support for UWG-Newnan

Local residents’ support of the University of West Georgia Newnan campus, currently under construction at the old hospital on Jackson ... Read More


Why the secret vote?

During a recent regular meeting, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to go into executive session. For those unfamiliar with the ... Read More

Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? The city of Newnan and Coweta County are joining with VestNewnan to ap ... Read More