everybody is all kinds of twisted up about the use of a certain word in this post, falling all over themselves trying to justify it or foaming at the mouth about how offensive it is, but how about - it’s just a sound. it’s just a series of syllables. it’s a trochee that can be used for rhythmic effect. it functions as a placeholder, it functions as a piece of punctuation. it’s a great metrical device, and guess what? white people still can’t use it. the reasons for this have as much to do with the word’s present and with its past.