To use or not use the word Nigga or Nigger on Medium

This will likely be a short post because I mostly want to hear comments from other people. All 3 of my followers. I’m new to Medium — and it’s the first chance I’ve had to freely express myself in years. Due to my profession most of my opinions are publicly associated with my job. Hence the Jane Doe moniker.

I would note though, that my pseudonym is pretty close to who I really am so anyone really enterprising could probably make the connection. If my writing ever becomes that popular that someone hunts me down — that will be an awesome problem to have.

Back to the usage of the word nigga or nigger. I use the word all the time. BTW I’m black so I can do that. It’s how I refer to friends occasionally. It’s how I make my expressions emphatic. It’s a term of endearment. It’s in many of my favorite songs. I’m also a potty mouth. I’ve always felt like curse words express something that non-curse words don’t and therefore they hold an important role in our lexicon. And for better or worse the “n” word is a curse word. It’s closest relative would be “bitch.” But she’s a distance cousin and she is a girl. Make no mistake.

But now that I’m on Medium and 2.5 people have read one of my posts. I have cold feet. Because honestly I don’t use the word around white people and I only use it in crowds that I’m comfortable with. Frankly there are black friends I don’t even use the word around. It’s a very delicate, know your audience thing.

Which is why it always amazes that any white person would think they know when and how to use it. Um that would be never. I barely know when to use it myself — and did I mention I’m black.

I feel like Medium is pretty white. I’ve done extensive research. And by extensive I mean I did a Medium search for the word nigger. No one on here is casually kicking it around — like white guys playing hacky sack in the early 2000's (why doesn’t anyone play hacky sack anymore?)

And maybe that also speaks to the need for more diversity on here. I mean black Twitter has so many clever writers. If more of them were on here I would feel a little better about my usage. For now I think I might default to using the word “ninja” as a substitute.

I can’t promise I’ll stick to that though — because right now I’m having too much fun being the unfiltered version of me.

What do folks think about usage of the word “nigger” on Medium.

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