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.