Aug. 21, 2017

Just Don't Say It, It Will Prey On You Eventually

I am not trying to be racist in any way, really with this post. So please take that racist equation out of this thought scenario. Also, it's truly hard to dish racism without any real power. I may control the power of my keyboard and the words my mind creates, but it truly ends there. Roots, a social media site asked this question to a group of young blacks. Do you remember the first time you were called nigger? I found it interesting that no one mentioned that they initially heard the term not from a white person in a derogatory tone but from a black rapper, or entertainer, on a music cut. Or possibly from a black comedian or comedienne during a comedy routine. Somehow we allowed that word either six letters"nigger" or five letters "nigga" to be acceptable to be used in public by persons of any race. How did this word with such historically negative elements become acceptable to be used in our social environments?  What positive benefit has come from our community's using a word that took away our manhood, womanhood, and sense of humanity in past times to become a term of endearment? A word that is said so easily out of one's mouth that now 5 and 6 years are calling out the term to each other. Each of them without having a sense of the history of that god-awful word.

I never heard that term used in any positive sense growing up in inner-city Baltimore by people of color. It had strictly negative connotations and you didn't ever want to be anyone's quote "nigger" or "nigga", nor did want to be anyone's "boy" either. All of those words translated into words of implied or direct words of hate. Yet, if you listen to the black lyrics coming from the streets for the past I'd say 20 years. The word has been made socially acceptable not by whites but it has been made socially acceptable by our own kind. You can hear white youths mimicking Lil Uzi, Drake, or whoever put that word "nigger" into the context of a bar. Now there hear a person a color referring to himself or someone of his color as a nigger. It then becomes comfortable for that white youth to use that word in the context of a conversation. or they can scream in out in a fit of angry passion. Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger really is that where our supposed black consciousness has taken us? Or have we a community of people of color simply lost our degree of black awareness. How has the word nigger turned from fighting words to a state of mimicking bars coming from white folks?