If I call a Black person "nigger", how bad is this today? If a Black calls another Black with this word, is it wrong?
That should suffice to ans your first half of the question.
Also, check out the OED definitions for the word Nigger, which also accounts for its usage/meanings from a wider global perspective.
An interesting note on how bad the word "nigger" has become: In the 1970's it was okay to say "nigger" on television. Sanford & Son said that word in a handful of episodes (usually said by Fred Sanford). But even White People used that word in the 1970's. Chevy Chase famously said it on Saturday Night Live when speaking with Richard Prior in a sketch.
It was obviously a pejorative at the time, but it seemed to become more taboo as the 1980's and 1990's progressed. Leading it to become a word that couldn't be used on TV.
protected by tchrist Jul 2 '14 at 2:53
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