the problem is, I tend to see the younger African American group of males find it okay to do it. If you take my professor (japanese mixed with African American), he thinks that term is degrading, along with the term "dawg"
I see it this way, if you call your friends "nigga" "nigger" or stuff like that then don't freak out when other call you that right?? I mean I don't go up to my friend and go hey chink or sup chinamen, so I wouldn't want anyone to call me that
Personally one of my friend from AR said it very true, the term racism and the idea of it is being abused.