I’m always amazed when black people say the N-word is a term of endearment or familiarity -yet the conventional spelling is rarely used to indicate this ‘truth’. Same with this painting that hangs in Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The artist, Barkley Hendricks says he means to be provocative but the spelling of the portrait’s name “New Orleans Niggah” reveals otherwise.
From the placard:
“There’s a saying in the black community:
You put it out there and let others deal with it.