Some of yall was on the right track.In fact most black people would still find it offensive if used in the wrong pretence,but its generally used to define a fellow human. 2Pac did define it the best, Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished, not to be confused with NiggeR, What honkey cracker mutha fuckers used to call thier slaves. Newsflash:this is 2006- people all around the world is dying over stupid shit like word like this, who give a fuck about colour or race we as humans need to unite against the real threats like police, corporations bush and imperialism!
Black man to white man: "What up nigga?" White man to black man:"Chillin nigga, how we gonna get closer to fuckin up the MAN today?"