Back in 1958, the comedian, Lenny Bruce encouraged people to reconsider the English language and think about how it is used. A quote from Lenny Bruce is included below.
As a parent to a daughter (and husband to a wife) I've often thought of the sexist vitriol that permeates our language. As a fan of cinema, I'm intrigued by film scripts and how they use language. I started noticing this unique phrase last year and have become obsessed by it. It appears to be one of the most sexist and demeaning group of words. I can barely think of a phrase that is more insulting and dismissive. The purpose of this website is to highlight that phrase, and to think about how it's been used in the past. I’ve found many films and TV show that included that phrase. I think the time has come to identify and remove these hateful words and phrases from our language.
"Are there any niggers here tonight? Could you turn on the house lights, please, and could the waiters and waitresses just stop serving, just for a second? And turn off this spot. Now what did he say? "Are there any niggers here tonight?" I know there's one nigger, because I see him back there working. Let's see, there's two niggers. And between those two niggers sits a kike. And there's another kike— that's two kikes and three niggers. And there's a spic. Right? Hmm? There's another spic. Ooh, there's a wop; there's a Pollack; and, oh, a couple of greaseballs. And there's three lace-curtain Irish micks. And there's one, hip, thick, hunky, funky, boogie. Boogie boogie. Mm-hmm. I got three kikes here, do I hear five kikes? I got five kikes, do I hear six spics, I got six spics, do I hear seven niggers? I got seven niggers. Sold American. I pass with seven niggers, six spics, five micks, four kikes, three guineas, and one wop. Well, I was just trying to make a point, and that is that it's the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness. Dig: if President Kennedy would just go on television, and say, "I would like to introduce you to all the niggers in my cabinet," and if he'd just say "nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger" to every nigger he saw, "boogie boogie boogie boogie boogie," "nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger" 'til nigger didn't mean didn't mean anything anymore, then you could never make some six-year-old black kid cry because somebody called him a nigger at school."