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  •  It was not the norm in the 70s at all, I never (2+ / 0-)
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    even heard that word until I was in college and I was raised by a white father from the south. But it was taboo in our home and our neighborhood and schools in PA..absolutely and the 60s too.

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    by wishingwell on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:45:32 PM PST

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    •  that's your location my bet is, only (0+ / 0-)

      and or socioeconomic background

      I grew up same time period working class neighborhood in the Northeast. I heard it once from a drunk neighbor as a kid and a lot in college (mid 80s) from relatives of a friend who lived in the South.

      In certain circles in at least one area of Texas ten yrs ago at a bbq with all White people I heard the N word bandied about. And not everyone knew everyone and no one knew me. It SEEMED acceptable in that group. Just a snapshot though.

      •  We went to the south on vacations and spent a (0+ / 0-)

        lot of time there with cousins still there and we never heard the word, then. and it was a working class southern neighborhood. It could be we just got lucky in that regard.

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        by wishingwell on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:17:22 AM PST

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        •  or I not lucky. Though I've a friend from rural TX (0+ / 0-)

          who grew up with the N word all around (and she's only in her 30s). Her younger sister, only 27, says that she heard it as a kid an teen all the time and it turned her stomach.
          Surely it must be the circles one travels in. What we can say that it is more possible perhaps to encounter that word there. It was not an acceptable word where I am from...have talked to many people (I was in a discussion group about race and ethnicity at one point) no one 40s or younger remembered hearing it even as a kid except on very isolated instance.

          •  We grew up in Austin. I first heard it when I (0+ / 0-)

            learned eenie-meenie-minie-mo, the n-word version from a brother who had learned it from a friend. I had no idea what it meant but when my dad heard us chanting it he told us what it meant and why we shouldn't say it. There was also the phrase 'n-word-rigged' which I heard used fairly often.
            That would have been mid to late 60's.

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