A Couple of Niggas?

So in light of Obama’s “Race Speech”, I was thinking about how differently different generations have experienced race in America and approach the terminology of race in very different ways. There are of course still many older Americans who lived through segregated times and experienced the remnants of slavery culture, and most adults have lived through at least heavy inequality and racial stress overlapping the class war, but it seems like Courtney from South Florida and her best friend (“millennials“) have had a different experience again, where co-opting once segregated terms is completely non-offensive to them (whether or not it’s offensive to others in a variety of demographic sectors)… It will be interesting where terms of racial inequality end up in another fifty years.

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115 thoughts on “A Couple of Niggas?

  1. cha cha ! looks awesome! Few months ago I went to get a lip tattoo there, in Lithuania. I dont know why, but artist said : “What ***? Never heard about it.” I thought i’d better just go away ;D

  2. Or perhaps you also need to mention they are appropriating a term used in reference to a certain race, one which they are not a part of. Also, maybe it’s not offensive to THEM, but why even mention that if it would be offensive to so many others, even if they (those offended) AREN’T black. Why choose two WHITE girls to illustrate your point or concerns on race?

    Maybe they happen to be a part of a community of black folks who either don’t mind or even embrace these tattoos. But it comes across as pretty racist and white-centric way of viewing how two people in ONE location are suddenly used as a model of race relations and critical race theory for the rest of the US.

  3. T – Because clearly a couple white girls appropriating the term and not seeing it as a “big deal” is very different than it being used by elements of the black community. I’m not making any point other than there’s been a lot of cultural shift in a couple generations.

  4. hmmm…. i would say being pissed off because they have this tattoo being white is a form of racism too.

  5. WOW! I’m not quite sure what to say. I think you are right that younger white kids do throw that word around a bit more these days and I am not quite sure what to do with that.

    Are we really going to have a discussion about reverse racism?

    I think this tattoo might bother me more than the white power unicorn.

  6. Why does it bother you?
    And how many of the people that it offends are white?
    I am half caste (I don’t like the term mixed raced, I was brought up with half caste and it doesn’t offend me so whatever) I’m half black, and I have quite a few black friends who I know wouldn’t be offended by this because there white friends say it to each other.
    There is a big difference between the words nigger and nigga anyway.
    Nigger can still be offensive if the person calling you a nigger is intending it as a racial slur, and you can tell.
    If your friends come up laughing shouting nigga pwease chances are they’re not being racist.

  7. Why does it bother you?
    And how many of the people that it offends are white?
    I am half caste (I don’t like the term mixed raced, I was brought up with half caste and it doesn’t offend me so whatever) I’m half black, and I have quite a few black friends who I know wouldn’t be offended by this because there white friends say it to each other.
    There is a big difference between the words nigger and nigga anyway.
    Nigger can still be offensive if the person calling you a nigger is intending it as a racial slur, and you can tell.
    If your friends come up laughing shouting nigga pwease chances are they’re not being racist.

  8. oh wow, another tattoo for the xhardcorex kids. where ‘nigga’ and ‘faggot’ are ok to say. Cuz they’re ‘not saying it to offend someone’.

    these tattoos, are made of fail.

  9. Riiiight. White girls “appropriating” a term that’s never been directed at them and still doesn’t apply to them. Nigger, please.

  10. this reminds me of my friend shawn, who takes delight in the fact that he can say both “cracka” and “nigga” without being offensive, due to the fact that he’s of mixed race. lol.

  11. while it’s true that language evolves and that certain words either gain or lose meaning over time, it definitely takes a lot more time than this. Especially with a word like this (in any form) that is still widely debated within said community.

    I think there is a difference between trying to appropriate a word and just being ignorant about it.

  12. really… cute little white girls got those in quite a conveniant place to hide in case they’re ever around any real live ‘niggas’ what the fuck.

  13. Horrible, Loose the words all together, we dont need this word or any other that falls into this category

  14. oooh this is just laaame. not the tattoo but the case. It’s not words that should offend people but the way the word has been used.

  15. “this reminds me of my friend shawn, who takes delight in the fact that he can say both “cracka” and “nigga” without being offensive, due to the fact that he’s of mixed race. lol.”

    Just because he is “mixed race” doesn’t mean that it is not offensive, as offensiveness is defined by the person perceiving the statement. If that doesn’t make sense to you try this: If your friend called me a “cracker” or a “nigger”, I would be offended.

  16. I don’t like it when anyone gets any ‘swear’ word or derogatory term tattooed on their inner lip. Which is possibly why my inner lip reads ‘MEOW’ :D.

  17. I think the obvious play on it is the phrase; “Nigga lip(s)”
    and their some obvious fucking morons,who happen to be white chicks.
    and if I were a black person and they showed it to me,thinking I’d see the humor appearent.
    I’d be first off insulted that they think I ascribe to that term and lessen myself by it’s stereotypical usage to discribe my race profile,and they respect me so little and our friendship is so unworthy,to show it to me.
    then,I be tempted to pop em in the mouth so they looked “AUTHENTIC”,and fat lipped like the stereotype their trying to reference.
    I give this two big thumbs down….

  18. Has nobody noticed that they put down Nigga and not N!gg#r, I thought they meant two completely different things. I personally have several black friends and they don’t mind the word Nigga. Also those are tattoos are shoddy at best, even for lip tattoos.

  19. Some people agree that there is a difference between “nigga” and “nigger”, but it is still a really touchy subject to many people.

  20. @ VaJenna: “oh wow, another tattoo for the xhardcorex kids. where ‘nigga’ and ‘faggot’ are ok to say. Cuz they’re ‘not saying it to offend someone’.”

    how ’bout the idea that you just offended me as a “xhardcorex kid” by saying that all of us are ignorant? you can’t judge a scene by the behavior of a few, just like you can’t say that all blacks are gangster thugs. also, why would you think that those chicks are part of the hardcore scene? you should think before you type, darlin.

  21. About the tattoos, it’s still a free country and that includes the freedom to make questionable choices. Maybe they were inspired like Randall in Clerks 2? Maybe they’re “takin in back”? Eh, I’ve got better things to do than get pissed off at what 2 dumb girls have tattooed on them.

  22. About the tattoos, it’s still a free country and that includes the freedom to make questionable choices. Maybe they were inspired like Randall in Clerks 2? Maybe they’re “takin it back”? Eh, I’ve got better things to do than get pissed off at what 2 dumb girls have tattooed on them.

  23. SpeakerForTheDead: How the fuck does that make this okay? Wouldn’t it make more sense to call anyone who is a racist, no matter what race they are, an idiot and shun them for their beliefs?

    Also, using the phrase “that race” sounds pretty negative.

  24. SpeakerForTheDead – Just because people can do things doesn’t mean they should. Also, I don’t believe anyone who has posted a comment about this picture has said that racism is a one way street, something only white people do to people of color.

  25. 28: The way I always understood it (and which never really made sense to me) was that the “-a” ending is used between black people in a term similar to “brotha” or whatever. But the “-er” ending is totally inappropriate and no one ever should say it.

    Personally, its the same fucking word.

    31: They really can’t call you a cracker, or at least shouldn’t. Of course, its not as bad because blacks didn’t enslave whites for hundreds of years, but its still derogatory and offensive.

    Racism does go both ways, as does respect. I can’t comprehend how we think we live in such an advanced society and yet we can’t understand that people are just people, regardless of appearance.

  26. you people really need to get fucking lives and stop worrying about what other people do with theirs. seriously, there are MUCH greater issues in this world than race and words. no greater good can be accomplished in this world until we stop seeing our selves as separate from one another, and placing people into categories. we’re all human beings. GET THE FUCK OVER IT!

  27. okay this is ridiculous… the term nigga or nigger should not be used by anyone, as it is racist. simply because certain groups are using the word ‘nigga’ in a ‘non offensive’ way (ie some rappers) it doesn’t make it okay for anyone to say it. some blacks are attempting to take away the sting from the word, by using it amongst themselves.. but i am sure many, many people will be offended by this, black, white, brown, or otherwise. personally i am not offended, but i think the tattoos are pretty damn stupid.

  28. There is an historical structured relationship between black and white peoples that will take decades if not centuries to change. Even now black people are second class citizens in the US and UK with over twice as many (% within their community) living in poverty than their white counterparts. White people (actually just men) remain the elite class irrespective of the civil rights movement.
    The word nigger (nigga) was created solely as a way of addressing black people in purely derogative terms, its usage within the black community is a self-recognising collective affirmation of unity. Only when black people are truly equal will the word cease to have any meaning either as a racist slur or a bonding term.
    White people can use it within certain contexts such as discussing the word or paraphrasing its usage but the casual usage as shown with these two girls is most certainly not excusable.
    It is not a word that can be thrown around without care by white people purely because of its historical context. To do so is to show an immense ignorance to black people who have struggled throughout history for equality.
    It is rather sickening to think that it is only 40 years ago since Martin Luther King was shot and today we are having silly white girls getting “nigga” tattooed on their lips.

  29. i gotta say where as im not offended per se. but i do find it tasteless and not so funny at all. if i got a tattoo that said “where the white women at?” would it really be that funny?

  30. yes there would be people that found it funny the real question is it appropriate?

  31. But my question is, do THEY think that it’s so innocuous that they’d show it to a black friend (or stranger?)

  32. Well, as John Lennon said, “Woman is the nigger of the world.”

    But at the same time… Seems silly to me.

  33. haha! words! I’m so offended by WORDS! -insert giant paragraph about why I’m so offended by them here-

    theres more important things to worry about than some black dude calling me a “cracka” and some white dude calling me a “nigga”

    but some people would rather pretend to get worked up over something like this

  34. Okay, so all inappropriateness debates aside, I just want to know WHY these girls wanted that tattoo in the first place. Was it purely for the controversy? Were they drunk? I always assumed that tattoos had particular significance to the wearer… I’m not getting this. Though, I guess looking at some of the previous photos of tattoos posted here that assumption is completely unfounded. But yeah. Why? Just why?

  35. I think it’s pretty dumb, I’m with Giles on this one… That is an extremely weighted word, and just as I don’t accept ANYONE using it in casual conversation around me, I wouldn’t want to talk to these girls.
    As far as I’m concerned these tattoos just highlight their privileged position in life and ignorance to the horrible ways that this word has been used, and CONTINUES to be used every day to marginalize black people. I think it’s entirely completely wack.

  36. mcbutt – They didn’t get “Oranges” tattooed on their lips. The word they chose has a significant and particular meaning. So by your logic, the institution and practice of racism is not something to get worked up about.

  37. “okay this is ridiculous… the term nigga or nigger should not be used by anyone, as it is racist.”

    I use both in different contexts. I also use the word cunt a lot too if that makes it any better. The irony of political correctness is that I can say nigger to my black friends and they don’t get offended, but PC white kids (or crackas as I often call them) go into shock.

    I once got into an argument with an “anarchist” over the word nigger. He said I shouldn’t use it in anger (which is precisely WHEN I use it. If someone pisses me off enough for me to use a ‘hate’ word, then I’m going to use the one that causes the most psychological damage) because it’s offensive.

    Yeah. An anarchist ‘crusty-punk’ who thinks that society should dictate what words we can and can’t use? I think he’s missing the point of his own dogma.

    That said- those girls probably didn’t think it out that well and will end up regretting it.

    Trevor said: “if i got a tattoo that said “where the white women at?” would it really be that funny?”

    Yes it would be funny. I dare you.

  38. CorpseEsproc- seriously, you’re asking why T got offended? that term has been used (by whites) for centuries to basically tell blacks that they’re shit, and you’re asking why someone would get offended when two white girls tattoo that on their bodies. yes, it has been appropriated by other ethnicities, but that does nothing to the history and hurt that came with the word.

    hell, i can’t lie, i got offended and i’ve had whites friends call each other nigga before.

  39. I’m not sure how anyone could claim that there aren’t still remnants of slavery, either… I mean I don’t want to get into a fight or anything. but I just want to say I very strongly disagree with that implication (as I do realize it wasn’t straight-out said).

    and I’ve never understood the argument that words shouldn’t matter, or whatever. language is such a huuuuuuuge part of culture. if words don’t matter, what does?

    and I think one could pretty easily argue that racism exists in, if not is a major part of, most of the “more important” problems in the world… it’s all intertwined.

  40. and to 31, and anyone else who said anything similar:
    racism may or may not go both ways, but the history sure as hell doesn’t, and the present state of privilege vs oppression doesn’t. let me guess — you don’t like affirmative action? for a trivial but poignant example — when was the last time you wore a “flesh” colored bandaid? and whose flesh did it look like?
    http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~mcisaac/emc598ge/Unpacking.html <– a good article on white privilege.

  41. i’m with shawnporter on this one i’ve got black friends and i’m white i use both contexts in a passive and aggressive way but at the end of the day it’s only a word.
    also i find there is a diffrence between niggers and black people black people work hard just like ever one else and they earn respect and postition jsut like everyone less (i like these people, there not offenend they understand that this word no longer applys to them) niggers are the ones who think there all rappers and that everyone owes them somthing for what there ancestors went through (these are the ones i don’t like because everything bad said to them is racist)

  42. I’d love to know who the parents of these kids are. YES kids. They look all of 16 years old if even that. I’d also like to see them in 20 years to know how much they regret these ignorant tattoos.
    #10- just because I am white does not mean that I cannot or should not be offended by this. I would think that people of any race would find these offensive.

  43. I’d love to know who the parents of these kids are. YES kids. They look all of 16 years old if even that. I’d also like to see them in 20 years to know how much they regret these ignorant tattoos.
    #10- just because I am white does not mean that I cannot or should not be offended by this. I would think that people of any race would find these offensive.

  44. dave, are you for real? cause holy shit. I mean I’m pretty sure chris rock made the exact same assertion — only his was a joke. and very controversial even for him to say it.

  45. baphomedge: how ’bout the idea that you just offended me as a “xhardcorex kid” by saying that all of us are ignorant? you can’t judge a scene by the behavior of a few, just like you can’t say that all blacks are gangster thugs. also, why would you think that those chicks are part of the hardcore scene? you should think before you type, darlin.

    nowhere did i ever say that all hardcore kids are ignorant. I was a hardcore kid, still technically am, although i don’t act like the 16 year old hardcore kids do anymore. And again, sure maybe they’re not part of the scene, but they sure look like the normal 16-17 year old girls who go to hardcore shows in my area.

    and if you really got offended by my statement, then I think you’re precisly the reason why most hardcore sucks now. being offended because i made a true statement about the decline in the hardcore scene, by using words like that, is pretty pathetic.

    as for whoever said that maybe they wanted to ‘take the words back;.. how would they be able to take back a word like that? doesn’t make sense.

    also, i say cunt like its going out of business, whatever, but really, saying faggot and nigga/er, still not cool.

  46. pretty dumb, not funny…

    what does it mean to be offended anyway, like those girls peronally wronged anyone by getting stupid tattoos? it takes at least a few adjectives to offend me.

    i think people just sound stupid using the word ‘nigga’ if you wanna say some racist shit go ahead. every ‘race’ is guilty of some kinda bullshit. and if you say the wrong shit to the wrong person, good luck.

    an inner lip tattoo is not really something you can regret… it’s more something you forget about.

    and ps everybody’s scene is lame. except mine.

  47. My black friends call each other “nigga” and they call me “nigga” too…I’m a white German Jew so I don’t know where that puts me in the scheme of things, but we’re all friends and always there for each other. I don’t call them nigga in return simply because my “friendy” word is “bitch”.

    Inner lip tattoos seem fairly useless in general (to me) but each to his own.

  48. Wow, those are tacky as fuck. Wonder how long it will take before they sincerely regret their ignorance.. or if they ever do.

    Meanwhile, we can lol at how stupid they look in that photo. :)

  49. white giiiiiiirls. i dont see why everyone is surprised, im just shocked they werent throwing fake gang signs in the picture.

  50. my girlfriend would kick their asses…she is black and hates when people use “nigga” at all…and I’m white and I hate it just as much. I understand it popular in slang but there is too much negativity/history behind it for me to ever use it….as with my girlfriend. oh, and people say cracka and i don’t think ist the same…there isn’t history behind it….it didn’t label people for generations or oppress or cause people to not get jobs or go to a good school.

  51. Perhpas it’s an australian thing, where racism isn’t as impacted into the culture, but the second thought I had was along the lines of “maybe they want a nigge there?” as in it’s two white chicks that like black cock. If it isn’t, I can still pretend.

  52. okay look i am a so called nigga and reason couse i am blaack, you bothe have no right haveing that shit on you and watch, you know what go down to brockton and show some people and see what happens the guys wont touch you but they will send there sisters and cousins after your asses, if i were you i would chasnge that shit couse it aint cute nore is it funny.

  53. This is unbelievable. I put as much blame on the girls for being so SOCIALLY, AND POLITICALLY incorrect, and DISGUSTING as I do the artist who offered his or her services to them.
    It’s disgusting to think that we live in a nation that gets a kick out of something as permanent (or in this case, semi-permanent) as to tattoo a racial slur onto their body.
    No matter what your race or age is, this is simply inappropriate and absolutely despicable. HELL, I’d much rather have to see the leg tattoo displaying the ”Tijuana donkey show” daily than to see a couple of white girls with this on their hidden inner lip.
    Disgusting.

  54. I shake my head at this all. And just to make one point coming from a black chick… Nigga is used in both the positive and negative. It is all about the tone used. Like “What’s up my nigga?” or “Nigga, do you know who you are talking to?.” In the later statement the word is used to “put the person in their place”….which is a place lower beneath the speaker.

    So lets review… Nigger…always used in the negative. Nigga…sometimes used positive or negative.

    Now if you approach me and anyone I know with either word, regardless of tone, be prepared to pick your ass off the ground.

  55. I don’t know if it’s just something that goes along with tattooing the inner lip, but that ink isn’t very good-looking.

    soup (#55) >> I’m not sure how anyone could claim that there aren’t still remnants of slavery, either… I mean I don’t want to get into a fight or anything. but I just want to say I very strongly disagree with that implication (as I do realize it wasn’t straight-out said).

    Remnants? Outright, true slavery still exists in the world. Other than/in addition to sex slavery, that is.

    An additional component to slavery seems to be frequently forgotten: The INTRAracial aspect. Many in the West tend to think it is/was exclusively interracial when “slavery” is mentioned, simply because that’s how it was in the U.S. (Naturally so, IMO.) But in a number of areas of the world it was members of one race enslaving others of the same race because of tribe/clan differences.

    Racial differences aren’t the only differences that can lead to feelings of sufficient superiority that slavery seems acceptable; tribal and clan (and/or religious) differences have been enough many times. This needs to be remembered, if we want slavery to ever truly die an already-long-overdue death.

    Chris Rock is a comedian but I’m convinced he was at least halfway serious in that sketch. I have heard similar things expressed, with straight faces and absolute sincerity, by black friends.

  56. The more power you give to words the more power they will have.
    The more people think about the bad context of the word the worse the word will be.
    I totally agree like the taking back “porch monkey” thing from clerks.
    If people use words, like nigga, cunt, pakki, just as words genral words for what they are rather than insults then things would be fine.
    though what I said probably makes no sense and needs explaining I havn’t long finished work and it’s 5:30am so I’ll do it another time.
    But meh I get more offended by being called a paki than a nigger cause I don’t look remotly liek I am from pakistan -_-

  57. 68. But then who would hold down their lips to show off their sic tats?!

    I find this pretty disgusting. Being ignorant about something (racism in this case) doesn’t mean it does not exist. And yes, racism does go in a 100 different directions, doesn’t mean any of it is justified, excusable or right. If I saw these girls showing this shit off in public I’d be hard pressed to find a reason not to punch them both in the jaw.

  58. 74 — I definitely understand that “slavery” isn’t just about African American slaves in the U.S. I was commenting in response to what Shannon said in the original post, though, about how “older generations lived through the remnants of slavery.” I believe that there are still “remnants” of “slavery” when it refers to African Americans in the U.S. that people today live through, and of course there is still slavery in other contexts going on as well! so by no means do I see slavery in the U.S. as the only form of slavery. it’s just what’s being discussed here, and was pretty clearly to what shannon was referring in the original post.

    75- as for using “words for what they are,” what ARE they if not representations of the meaning given to them historically and culturally? I realize that question does not mean that the definitions can’t change, but still, “words for what they are” doesn’t really make sense to me.

  59. you know, to take it a step further, I’d say there is still slavery in the U.S., just not institutionalized in the same way. but based on certain historical and economic situations, it happens that minority groups commonly end up in the service sector for unfair wages and unfair treatment. but still, my comment on “remnants of slavery” was purely in reference to shannon’s post, which I’m assuming was purely in reference to African American slavery in the U.S.

  60. I think its funny how people are. Whites invented the term to keep black people down. Blacks appropriated the term for unity and as a means to cope with their suffering. Whites see this behaviour, think it is teh kewl and start appropriating it back. Even being as moronic to tattoo their lips with it. The word became cool in spite of the white people, but fear not, these girls are making sure whites make it lame again.

  61. What is everyones problems? It’s like no matter what is modblogged anymore everyone is going to bitch. It’s a fucking joke, if you are offended by this then you should be on another website. I’m so tired of everyone turning stupid things into such heated issues. Just grow up, this is not a big deal, if you are so deeply offended by this, how the hell do you deal with the rest of the world. Not everyone thinks the way you do or agrees with what you do, and if this angers you people as it seems to do, then I would hate to live a day in your shoes. And I am so sick of hearing the “white people can’t say the ‘n word.’ If it is such a bad fucking word why is it that I cannot spend an hour in a public place without hearing an African American say it. It is such a terrible word that they choose to call themselves that? Get over it, slavery ended, the word does not mean what it used to. It is a joke. Stop crying over a pointless issue.

  62. I’m sure they will try to stay clear of black dentists, but oh do I hope that the dentist they go to has a black assistant. The lolz will ensue.

  63. shawnporter: No offense but I don’t know how well you get anarchy… it’s very much an anti-racist, anti-oppression movement. And the n word is a word of oppression… sure in some contexts people don’t mean it that way, but the fact of the matter is that in a lot if not MOST circumstances it IS used for oppression and that would probably be why yer anarchist friend was against it. That’s why I don’t tolerate it anyways.

  64. Megan:
    I’m fairly sure I “get” anarchy, but thanks for being kind enough to explain it to me.

    And Im fairly sure that my ‘anarchist’ friend is an idiot. I love the kid, but like most people with left leaning political ideology, he seems to make it up as he goes along and picks and chooses what he wants to believe in. Which is fine.

    Using your beliefs as a shield is fine too. Letting them define you, also fine.

    Ironically, most of the conservative people I associate with (myself included) are more open minded to other people’s beliefs than the liberal minded people I’m friendly with.

    You pretty much summed up my thoughts on it in your last sentence: I dont tolerate.

    Intolerance is surprisingly common amongst people who cry out for tolerance :P

  65. What I think will be of even more interest and benefit than wondering where we will be on “racial” issues in the next 50 years, is when the majority of humans accept the fact that race is only a relatively recent cultural construct.There is no biological basis for the concept of race. The thing that keep us separated is not the fact that our ancestors adapted to various environments a long time ago, but the fact that we choose to make this an issue.

  66. Wow,they were actually dumb enough to get this tattooed on their lips and and even dumber for putting this on modblog.I would feel seriously embarassed if i were them.And if you asked them probably couldn’t even give you a half-way decent reason why they had this put on themselves.I’m black,and when other blacks say they are taking back the word,I just look at them like they smoked a buttload of crack.Because there is no way we as a people can take that word back,there is too much negative and ugly history for us to try to make that word our own.Everybody knows the history behind this word,there is nothing “cool”or “gangsta” about this word.And everyone who was digusted and putt off by what these girls did to themselves have every right to be appauled by this,I’m black and I don’t think the word “nigga” is cool,it’s the SAME WORD PEOPLE!!!Just replaced with the letter “a” on the end instead of an “er”.I hope they feel immensely stupid for this when they get old enough to understand the rammifiction this word has on people of color.And Giles thank you for what you wrote it was wonderful and I agree with you completely.

  67. I’m sort of offended that Shannon seemed to lump an entire generation into these two’s ignorance and stupidity. I’m 19, and while I tragically know a lot of people who use that word, with intention of offending or thinking their cool, but I feel most of us (Generation Y or Z or whatever we might be) find the word repulsive. These two are the people that embarrass the rest of us as a generation. They have no place getting a tattoo like that until they fully understand the weight of the word, which I honestly don’t believe they ever will, especially now.

  68. the past is the past let it go. should i sue the government for the hardships my relatives went through, should i sue because they decided our last name wasnt american enough so they changed it?

  69. How can the past ever be the past when there are people using that word in a defensive and deregatory manner against others?Like I said before nigga and nigger are the same word and carry the same meaning.There is no way in the world you can make that word “cool” when you know the meaning and the history behind it.

  70. Oh haiii, look at me while I be hip.
    That is a stupid tattoo. I can’t even handle this.

  71. point is your all overweight, one legged, homosexual, racist, hep c carrying scum.

    learn to accept ignorance. its a major part of this world and its not changing anytime. ever.

    as for you two sayin “nigga” under your lips, i suggest you dont go anywhere near venice beach.

  72. Yes, we can all debate the gravity of semantics, and yes, there will always be ignorant people, but i must agree with ‘Sam and others in that there doesn’t need to be any kind of reclamation of such a word…but more, for me, the problem can be found in giving such ignorance a forum.what a waste of a blog spot.

  73. Uh… it’s two fucking tattoos on some girls. Why do you all care so much? If they had tattooed “Wetback” or “Spic” on there, I wouldn’t be offended. I nothing these tattoos.

  74. neon6apocalypse – I completely disagree. I’m Puerto Rican, and if I saw some skinny little white girl with ‘spic’ tattooed on her I would be LIVID.

  75. shawn- hey, I never said I was tolerant :) I know I’m not, not when it comes to racism, misogyny, heterosexism, and a whole myriad of other things I feel strongly opposed to. Lefties aren’t pro-everything!

  76. white people (particularly scene kids) thinking it’s cool to say ‘nigga’ is the single most annoying trend i’ve come across these days. it’s another example of how black hip hop culture is becoming cool, but most of these idiotic scene kids are afraid of ACTUAL black people anyway.
    #82 got it right.

    fuck them and their tattoos.

  77. See Megan- we DO have something in common. Im not very tolerant either. Though I’m sure that the things I’m intolerant of would make it difficult for you to be friendly with me. Whereas I wouldn’t mind your beliefs. Ironic. Still, I bet we both look good in a swimsuit.

    102:
    I work with black guys that say nigger and nigga every second word. I mean literally. They’d say it when ordering ice cream or attending a funeral. They say it when talking to black folks (a lot of my black friends are from the Islands and as such hate the term African American) and when talking to white folks. I’d much rather see it used like any other “curse” word than used as a noun, a verb, an adjective and a pronoun.

  78. I worked with a girl who I quite liked (one of the few facially modded people locally I suppose) who called herself a “nigga” ’cause she dated black guys and had a mixed race son. I thought it odd but apparently it’s just the subculture.

  79. well just to be fair, white folk should be the only ones who can say “cracker” or “honkey” (sp?) and still be politically correct. but it doesnt work that way, as generations are born into this world, cultures and whats appropriate or tolerated are redefined to suit the current social climate. holding onto hate of any kind is counter productive. even if its petty shit like who can say what word in what context. instead of letting our culture define us, we should define our culture.

  80. I’m shocked that Shannon even posted this, but with all this drama I’m not too surprised. I do not believe in censorship so here I go.
    These too white girls are obviously un-educated twits, if they had sense and smarts they would had never got this tattooed on their lips. I hope you know that this post will be bought to the medias attention, and Shannon has stopped showing the best of the world’s body modifications and is now purely trying to shock with racist hate language tattoos, soft porn shots and animal abuse pictures.

    Good Bye!

  81. holy shit. all the negativity steming from some white girls getting nigga tattoos.

    im black. and i call everyone a nigga. regardless or race. nigga is a term of endearment. you saying “whats up nigga?’. is just like saying “whats up bro”.

    its the same shit. so stop tripping and let them do their thing.

  82. For some reason seeing this make me wanna get a tattoo that says “don’t call me white”.
    NOFX anyone?

  83. They’re not black, they probably don’t know any black people, and they probably live in a pretty white neighborhood, so the reason as to why they’d get “nigga” tattooed on their lips eludes me. I’ve personally been called a nigger even though I’m half black and I took it offensively. I know a lot of people that would’ve taken it offensively too. Damn they need to learn some history, or perhaps use pills to darken their skin to see how life as a “nigga” really is.

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