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I enjoy watching the Kee & Peele. As you can hear around 2:00~, from this sketch, Troy and Mark are beginning to "exchange their words". Now they are saying, for example, Troy says to Mark "What the fuck do you think you are doing, nigger?", in response to it, Mark says "I'm doing my thing, nigger."

Now the question is, when African American people use these N words, which were once thought to be quite offensive, I think, does this imply voicelessly they belong to same groups? ( Although they are almost about to fight now ).

I appreciate answers and let me thank you in advance.

  • I am sorry it was N words...... – user17814 Oct 4 '15 at 2:59
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    I guess it all depends on the tone and on the situation. Sometimes the main message would be to "highlight the racial bond" between two persons, while in other situations the main purpose would be to cause offense, even if both persons are black. Sometimes it would be just a convivial, jocular way to greet another black guy. There are no etiquette rules for using the N word among (between) black people, I believe, so it will always be a bit ambiguous. – CowperKettle Oct 4 '15 at 3:33
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    Thank you for your answer/comment. I kind of thought like you but they are as you say using the N words so often according to the situation and I am glad you helped me out about this. Thank you so much for your good comment. Sincerely. – user17814 Oct 4 '15 at 6:02
  • @CopperKettle, that's a good answer. Why not actually make it one instead of a comment? (I was tempted to do so myself, but I don't want to steal the points that are likely to result.) – tkp Oct 4 '15 at 13:55
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    @tkp - voila! (0: – CowperKettle Oct 4 '15 at 13:56
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I guess it all depends on the tone and on the situation. Sometimes the main message would be to "highlight the racial bond" between two persons, while in other situations the main purpose would be to cause offense, even if both persons are black. Sometimes it would be just a convivial, jocular way to greet another black guy. There are no etiquette rules for using the N word among (between) black people, I believe, so it will always be a bit ambiguous.

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  • This answer is off base, full of assumptions and it is a disservice to the OP to make those claims. First off, only young men use it, not older African Americans who probably would not ever use it. You miss the main point about young black men and only in some sociological situations and the fact the term was "taken back" just like "queer" in LBTGQ communities. – Lambie Apr 10 '19 at 14:04