All of GL Wilsons threads have actually pooped into my mind a question which, I would love to hear your opinions on.
If a Contemporary author used the word Nigger in a novel or poem, how would you feel about it? If he used it not to incite racism, but merely in his portrayal of real life speech. Would you rather he forsake the truth in the name of being nice, and not use the word, or would you rather he remains honest to the reality of life he has witnessed and uses the word as it comes up in conversation.
Speaking from personal experience me and my friends, both at university and back in my home, use the word Nigger, once in a while in a derogatory way to insult black people, just like we use all sorts of slangs to insult all sorts of people. We have made fun of most ethnicities and class backgrounds at some point. I do not think it racism in particular, just healthy boys being boys, as I have yet to meet a group of people in their 20's who were actually politically correct; and If I have met them they tend to be the dull types.
So Considering that in common speech the word "Nigger" does come up, how would you feel if a contemporary author used the word?
(obviously this question is based on the context of white characters using the word as an insult, this question is not in the context of black characters using it as idiom of addressing each other)
Also If a black author used the word, with white characters; would it be acceptable like if a white author used the word with black characters?