I needed this
About a month and a half ago was the first time I was called ‘nigga’ in a non-ironic way by a black person from Africa. I cannot lie: it made me weirdly uncomfortable. I still don’t quite know what I’m supposed to think. At the time I took it in the spirit in which it was offered: in this particular case it was a kind of enthusiastic respectful address. Hard to describe without resorting to dumb generalisations. But I found myself being weirded out the whole rest of the evening.