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White People Around the Fire

Updated: Feb 5

“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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