I get patch’s point. There different cultures that have nothing to do with race, like I don’t get poor rural America like West Virginia, at least the one seen through Anthony Bourdain’s eyes. I am white privileged by education, if not money as both my parents went to college, education was respected in my home and I’m way over educational, relative to any money I made. Growing up in a small college/tourist town in Oregon and going to school and working for Jerry Brown in California before moving to California at age 30 made Northeastern Pennsylvania a total cultural shock. I had never met Ethnic white America, though I had a lot of experience with Asian and Mexican-American culture.
I don’t want us to be one homogeneous America, but rather to respect, learn about, appreciate and not discriminate against other cultures. That’s the opposite of white nationalism is.obviously it’s offensive to call anyone the “n” word. It’s a vulgarity no one should use. But when it’s used by a white man against a black man, it implies hethe power to a thumb down on him ad squash him because of racism and white privileged. I’m not sure what the meaning is in reverse, I imagine Patch does, I think it implies you’re ninferior, but it just a curse word without the power to hurt other than name call.
I started my political doctoral thesis on labeling, because I find it important in defining reality. I was working in government on behalf of persons with disabilities as a liaison with advocacy groups. Think of the power of the “r” word “retard” in defining people in special education when you were in school. I’m sure you understand the similarity with the “n” word. The ability to label groups of people negatively, (think the “g” word to define Vietnamese during that war). Anyway a black man using the “n” word himself takes back the power.