Perfect....you stated that "in some places the word is commonly used to identify a black person", why not just call them a black person or identify them solely on the location of where their from/are.. A word can have more than one meaning can it not?? It applies to this word. I don't even curse because it's offensive so I most definately can't or won't say the word nigger....You have to experience our life in order to understand, this can't become a debate...that alone is quite rude in itself....Black people are human...there's no particular category we need to be put in...we simply want to be left alone with our own thoughts and agenda's, you don't have to understand every little thing about everything....being called a nigger is a feeling more than just a word....I get offended if a black person says nigger also because they have also forgot what that feels like...it's true we need to put it behind us but never ever under no circumstances forget how that word came to be. I don't even like being called an African American. I'm not from Africa..never been and don't plan on going anytime soon....I am an eight generation american....as a matter of fact does anyone here even know what the word nigger actually means??