I have made my own statements about the use of the N-Word and the normalized deviance surrounding it bewilders me. I expect that it will fall on deaf ears or glossed over, partly because of the “cool factor” as you have described here Dr. Palmer. I also suspect more convincingly that it is mostly because of the groupthink factor of being perceived as the underdog with nothing to lose, with an unassailable collective of false justifications for co-opting the term as their own. I liken this to the term “hoe” to which I have also made statements about. The fact that this has been monetized appear to lend more credence to the absurd usage.

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