‘N’ Is For Big No No

| Related | December 18, 2015

(I am about six years old. My family and I are in a restaurant. It should be noted that we’re black. My older brother, who is seven, wears glasses. My brother says something that makes me angry.)

Me: “Don’t make me call you the N-word, [Brother]!”

(My mother is sitting directly across from me by my brother.)

Mom: “What is the N-word?”

(My mother looks visibly upset at this point.)

Me: “Uh… nothing, Mom. I don’t want to say it.”

Mom: “No, tell me! What is the N-word, [My Name]!”

Me: *whispers* “Nerd…”

(My mom gives a look of surprise and mouths ‘oh’ then blinks at me.)

Mom: “He’s not a nerd…”

(I thought I was going to get in trouble because at that age ‘nerd’ was basically a curse word to me. It took me a few years to actually figure out what my mother had expected me to say!)

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