The "N" becomes more and more acceptable, thats the long and short of it. And when I say that I feel bothered by SOME white people saying it. it is because they do not UNDERSTAND the hate behind it, they've never felt it. So why should they be able to exploit it when its being said something in conversation?
I'm not familiar with many native american traditions.... It would be mockery if I said. "Hey, I think I need to do a little rain dance"... And then I just start dancing. That would be offensive right? Well, so is saying the "N" word when you havent felt its pain.