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If I call a black people of "nigger", how bad is this today? If a black call another black with this word, it is wrong?

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Where are you? In the US this would be worse than in England, perhaps. –  GEdgar Mar 26 '13 at 13:20
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Lol, I am in Brazil. Someday I was trying to speak english with one friend and I need a word for black people and this word come in my mind.. He say to never use it :) –  Rodrigo Mar 26 '13 at 16:26
    
It's bad enough to get you fired from many positions, from teacher to cooking show hostess. Some people, though, especially African Americans, use the word much more casually and less perjoratively, but I still wouldn't expect to hear it in a professional context. My experience applies only to America, and I don't know how it goes in other parts of the world. Perhaps edit your question to specify where you're asking about. –  Qaz Jul 2 at 2:55

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Pretty bad!
I remember I was with an African-American friend in line to get into the movie hall and I said it(the color) out a little too loud and the whole area went silent with everyone trying to avoid eye contact. It was pretty embarrassing. Don't even want to think what would have happened if I had used the n word instead. :(
Besides here is the definition from Oxford online dict:

nigger: noun
offensive. a contemptuous term for a black person.

That should suffice to ans your first half of the question.
And for the second half, it totally depends what mood or what group is it used in. Among friends, it doesn't matter. You will see African-Americans use it in a joking manner all the time. Also, you can hear a lot of rappers using it too. Nor will it matter if an old African-American uses it. ;) But these are examples from the States as from the this wiki entry on African-Americans.

Also, check out the OED definitions for the word Nigger, which also accounts for its usage/meanings from a wider global perspective.

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-1 for constant emphasis of African-American. Nigger is a much more descriptive word for black people in Brazil. Not every black is an African-American. –  RandomDuck.NET May 5 '13 at 0:00
    
The term African-American is not usually used for black residents of other countries in the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_American And that, I assumed to suffice for suggesting that all my examples were based on US. Wrong to assume I guess. Edited my OP to reflect so. –  camelbrush May 5 '13 at 13:00

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.

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Dennis Franz (and also at least one black man) said it in NYPD Blue in January, 1996. But it was scandalous then. –  Scott Jul 1 at 23:03

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