• Alondra Perez

White People Around the Fire

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

“I just think that if Black people don’t want white people to say nigga then they should not put it in their songs” said Laura’s dad.

I didn’t know how long before my arrival the conversation had started but I felt a collective stillness follow this statement. Either my friends were shocked that he said nigga or they were shocked that he said it around me.

“Why can’t I say nigga?”

He said it again and all of my friends stared at me for far too long before reacting.

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