This word is the key reason why still struggle in 2005 and here's why. The history and definition of the word (not the BS definition given in the dictionary) is negative and designed to belittle our people. It may be the oldest deragatory word in existance and the most used. If you are alone in China and can't understand any other word but this one if you hear it, you know who they are talking about, theres is no doubt. There is NOTHING positive about this word yet we hold on to it like it's a badge of honour. As long as we use and think that we are what the word suggests, we will always be living in a cycle of ignorance and death.
No matter how you think you are changing the definition of this word, you are not. Why would we even want to try? We are the only race of people that casually uses the most deragatory word about our race freely and in public as if to say "I'm ok with this word and I agree with what it says about me and my people." Changing "er" to "a" doesn't make it more appealing, cool or acceptable either. The word remains the same. We are NOT n*****s and we need to abandon using this word if we ever plan to succeed as a people.