As a black ns'er and skier, i would have to say i really just don't get it. why all you white kids feel the need to say it on here or in the park is beyond me. One night of skiing at Schweitzer a ton of little 12-14 year old saga thugz literally said it every 3rd word. So i said, "hey, maybe you shouldn't go around yelling nigga because it could offend people you wouldn't want to offend" They then said, "O i'm sorry, won't happen again, we didn't mean it..." but it kind of stuck with me that since they were in an environment where i was probably one of 5 black skiers to actually ski anywhere than the beginner area that year, they felt it was "safe" to use it, like no angry black people would come kick their asses. Same thing applies here. No offense, but most of you would easily say it skiing or with a bunch of white friends but would think twice in the real world. I think if you are willing to use it in one, you should be willing to use it in the other. Only using it in a closed environment seems (to me) like its a toy, or makes you feel cooler. If its really part of your everyday vernacular, than go for it. But if you just do it because you think saying "Afterbang that shit nigga" makes you seem more edgy or cool, thats pretty dumb. Also to me it carries a lot more power than most of you probably realize. i don't know if there is a way to describe how dehumanizing and degrading it feels to be called a nigger with malicious intent. It hurts for life.
finally, to me nigga = nigger. Same word, adding an Ebonics accent doesn't change the history or the meaning.