contrary to popular belief, the n-word didn’t apply to us originally. n*gger mainly was used against Caucasians from the british isles, Ireland in particular. when the irish became empowered thru white privilege in the late 1800s/early 1900s, the slur was transferred to negro Amerindians to denote us being the low people on the social/financial totem pole. check out this clip from ‘gangs of new York.’ at 2:05, the character bill the butcher, who was british, calls his would-be assassin an “irish n*gger…” that’s because the term applied to most all Caucasians in the british isles, and that’s quite a few islands..

I’ve seen the irish use it against each other in the 80s, and I used to watch brit shows in the 70s use it. each time, I was a slur to insinuate the person was of low class standing and probably a low-level criminal. an Irishman in his 80’s in 1985 was snickering at negroes using the word in a bar. he told me we had no idea who that word was originally intended for, and laughed at how we embraced it. I never forgot what he said


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Isaiah Israel is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Pacific with a bachelors in Psychology and a deep love for history in which he believes that when you know the past you can understand the present and predict the future course of man and mankind and is the author of the best selling ebook The White Man's Burden Of Lies and Deceit.

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