(CNN) – Warning: This article contains offensive language.
Contrary to what you’ve heard, there is no double standard concerning the use of the word nigger. White people can — and have — used it whenever and wherever they please for at least the past couple of centuries. And during most of that period, it made them stronger, oftentimes (with a few notable exceptions) deepening racial divisions and ratcheting up racial fear in white people’s favor in the process.
Everyone with even a cursory understanding of our history knows this. The only question is where the evolution of this word is headed in a society that will soon be majority-minority and the power structure is forced to consider voices it has long ignored.
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