I've heard it regularly used by blacks about blacks. It's often featured in black music. There was even a very popular rap group ten or fifteen years ago called NWA, N-- With Attitude. If blacks understandably don't want whites to use the hideous word, why the continued use by the very group that's been degraded and humiliated by it? It confuses a lot of white people. Now this: Pastor punctuates sermon with 'n-word' | detnews.com | The Detroit News Sunday sermon? In front of families with small children? I'm starting to change my mind about black churches. I used to love watching the dressed up families in DC, esp. the big, floral hats on the matronly ladies, head off to church. It's a beautiful sight. Now there's anecdotal evidence continually trickling in of Jeremiah A. Wright weird stuff being spouted at the inner city pulpit. Maybe Christopher Hitchens is right that religion makes people dumber and is child abuse.