No I am not a racist; no I am not a 15 year old edge-lord that wanted a click bait title. This is merely an observation of ongoing events around the United States.
Nigger, why is this such a terrible word.
It has been and still is used as a means of oppression. Specifically as a way to diminish and/or dehumanize a person. This operates much in the same way as other racial/ethnic slurs. (kraut, jap, kike, wop, etc.)
How is it dehumanizing? It simplifies and classifies a person with diverse personal experiences, education, hopes, dreams, aspirations, ethics, morals (ad nausem) as just a nigger. No matter how much you struggle to succeed, no matter your work ethic, contribution to family or society your are still just a nigger.
And you goobers out there are going to say but!, they call each other nigger all the time. True, this is a way for them to appropriate a word that was used to dehumanize them and turn it into a term of solidarity, brotherhood, and shared experience. There is actually a precedent set already for black Americans doing this. In the Jazz era in NY, the term "boy" was used explicitly for black working in jazz clubs. This led to blacks calling each other "man" used in much the same way that nigga, nigguh are used today.
This all correlates to how "white" is being used today. White or white male is being used now to diminish and dehumanize just as nigger was done in the past. Read any yellow journalistic rag, watch the plethora of you tube videos on college campuses or feminist marches. White and white male are now being used just as nigger has been.
TLDR: nigger has been used to dehumanize blacks, now the term white or white male serves the same function