I ask this over and over -- why are white folks so OBSESSED with wanting the freedom to say that word? is it because they are so used to being privileged they cannot fathom being denied anything?? give it a rest, i want to say.You can't have EVERYTHING. enough already. kudos to rappers and comics saying it. i can mock my parents, but i won't allow anyone outside my family to do so. Members of tribes must always be allowed -- and encouraged -- to change the power of words which have been used by outsiders to victimize and demonize them. That's life.