YOUR QUESTION: Why is it all right for African Americans to use the word? ANSWER: It’s NOT Alright, but it IS accepted (by most). REASON: The acceptance of the word stems back centuries when slave owners referred to blacks as ‘Niggers’. What began to happen is blacks referring to each other as such. Over time (years) this word became a term of endearment among the black/African-American community. Unfortunately our community continues to use this word even though most of us feel it to be a negative connotation. Being that it was ALWAYS seen as a slur by our ‘owners’ and/or ‘white america’, when used by someone outside of our race, we get angered. And being that it had become accepted (and a term of endearment) within our own culture it is unfortunatley still being used today.