the n word is not a word that should ever come out of the mouths of non-black folks. its not our word non-black folks, poc or white folks. it isn’t ours. even when reading a black writers work. honor their words by reading every word but that one, n-word suffices. honor the writers words by acknowledging the historic and current use of that word being used to degrade and validate violence and death against black people instead of using it as if doesn’t carry extra weight coming from our lips. it does. our bodies do not carry the historic baggage of that word.