I bet that you didn't know this, but there are TWO "N" words that most Black or "African Americans" find offesive (as well as many other non-Black peoples). The first we'll call the BIG "N" word. That's the one which got me suspended a few weeks ago for uttering it on the air and therefore I will not type here! But we all know it's a derrogertory word that is insulting to Blacks or "African Americans". The other word I call the little "n" word, and it is Negro. To many Whites this word is not offensive. It is used as a noun, a word that describes a race of peoples. However to many Blacks or "African Americans" this word is highly offensive and conjures up images of a segregated south, Jim Crow, and even slavery.
Harry Reid found this out when he apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign. Apparently what happened is the described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.
I want to know what the big deal is?? Negro as defined by dictionary.com is: "a member of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, esp. those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa". And as one who IS an American of NEGRO heritage I actually PREFER to be called Negro and am bothered when called the color "Black". My skin color does not define who I am, nor is my skin black in color. I am also offended by "African American" as if to suggest that I am from Africa! I was born in the United States Of America and for all intent and purposes I am a NATIVE AMERICAN!!
So again I ask you, what is the big deal? Why are people so offended by the little "n" word?