The N-word at KHS

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Haley Kulm

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The N-word at KHS

6ix9ine’s song “Gummo” says the n-word 27 times within its length of two minutes and 37 seconds. 57,000 people purchased this album within the first week, which equates to over 1.5 million occurrences of the n-word.

6ix9ine’s song “Gummo” says the n-word 27 times within its length of two minutes and 37 seconds. 57,000 people purchased this album within the first week, which equates to over 1.5 million occurrences of the n-word.

6ix9ine’s song “Gummo” says the n-word 27 times within its length of two minutes and 37 seconds. 57,000 people purchased this album within the first week, which equates to over 1.5 million occurrences of the n-word.

6ix9ine’s song “Gummo” says the n-word 27 times within its length of two minutes and 37 seconds. 57,000 people purchased this album within the first week, which equates to over 1.5 million occurrences of the n-word.

Walking through the hallways of Kittitas Secondary School from class to class, it is not uncommon to hear the word “nigga” (hereafter called “the n-word”) being thrown around like it is not a big deal.

Many popular songs today have this slur included in them multiple times, and people sing along to them on a daily basis without thinking of how much it may offend others or what it really even means.

“I love the song ‘Freaky Friday’,” said junior Courtney Rosbach, about a song by Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown.

For the record, the song says the n-word 11 times.

Students as young as 12-years-old call their friends names, such as the n-word as “jokes” and they do not see a problem with it, since famous rappers, or even older people that they look up to, are using it.

What most people do not consider when they say the n-word, is that it is hate speech. It targets a certain race, and even if someone is not racist and they say the word, it can still offend others.

This word refers back to the days when slavery was a very prominent practice, and it was used by slave owners quite frequently to refer to their slaves. Although they used the “-er” ending instead of the “-a” ending back then, it does not make it any more acceptable to use it; it wasn’t okay then and it is not okay now.

“Honestly, I don’t care what people say,” said Logan Svendsen, a junior at Kittitas Secondary School. “Words are only words. You can choose to get offended or just brush it off. It doesn’t bother me.”

Although nobody usually gets called out for using this word, it does not mean it is appropriate to say. Whether it is a student strolling through the hallways singing the lyrics to a popular song or “jokingly” calling a friend the n-word, it should not be a part of anyone’s vocabulary.

Stopping people from saying these words can start with just a few people calling others out when they hear it being said. Once just a few students start going against the word, others will most likely realize it is wrong and see why they should not use it.

Society is so desensitized to things that are wrong, that most people are not even educated on what is and is not acceptable to say. Nobody thinks about the effects that their words can have on other groups of people that do not think it is funny when people use harsh words as jokes.

The usage of the n-word needs to be stopped, and it can be, with the help of people who stand against it. Let’s not turn back time by excusing the casual use of this word.