Is Nigger a Dead Word?

by Young Che on June 2, 2008

Special guest post by: Sage Nasiha
Nas is strategically attempting to market his so called new album’s title “NIGGA” just as his last one – Hip Hop is Dead. It is obvious that his intent is to spark discussion. Just like a racist would wear a confederate flag t-shirt to an NAACP meeting. Nas is a veteran rapper trying to compete in a hip hop world that has changed. So he chooses to create controversy to get attention, to get interviews, and to try to sell albums. Nas is a businessman seeking a profit, that’s all. Mad at him, no. Hating, no. This is a free enterprise economy. Freedom of speech is supposedly guaranteed by the US constitution. There is no moral law in America. One can organize anti-defamation groups to put pressure on people, businesses, and government to demand respect for one’s race. With that being said, my opinion on the matter is that we need to educate each other to stop referring to ourselves as niggers, niggas, Negroes, colored, coons, spicks, or any other word which originated with the intent to degrade our people. Excusing the use of the word is like the process of cleaning chitterlings (pig intestines) and making a meal. It’s still full of crap. You are what you eat. We are Kings and Queens, original man and woman, children of God. The word nigger is deeply rooted in our vocabulary to a point that we can use it in any part of a sentence. A definition I once found in Webster’s dictionary says of the word Nigger: racial slur against African-Americans, the most offensive word in the English language; however use amongst African-Americans is not considered offensive. Taking a look at this definition has raised consciousness to the way I talk. Ironically, we choose the most offensive word in the English language and freely refer it to ourselves. In my younger years no one ever told me it was wrong to use the word. In my own research I discovered the hypocrisy of the word.
We can not stop people from using the word Nigger. People have a right to do so. However, we can influence our people and others to CHOOSE not to refer to each other as niggers. God has given us all free will. Preachers don’t call their members of the congregation niggers. “We now baptize this nigger in the name of Jesus!” In church we call each other brothers and sisters, but as soon as we step outside the church its back to calling each other niggers. Teachers are not allowed to call African-American students niggers in class. “Here you go nigger, you made an A on your his-story test.” On your job, if your boss (that’s if you are not self-employed) calls you to the office and says, “you’ve been a good nigger so I will give you a 5 dollar raise,” would you take offense to being called a nigger or keep your mouth shut and take the 5 dollar raise. If you keep your mouth shut and take the raise, then you are still a slave – mentally controlled and don’t know it. You will become a victim of a choosing another God – MONEY -.
Harriet Tubman once said “I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”
You might not see the chains of slavery today because now the intent is to control the mind. Willie Lynch effect in effect. See it’s like this, if you want to get between a woman’s legs, then don’t go at her saying, “girl you fine, let me hit that.” Get to know her interest, show her that you are concerned what she is going through in life, and be there for her when she needs you. Never ask her to hit that. Sooner or later she might open her heart and reciprocate the love you showed her. I had to relate to sex in order to make a point because that’s what a lot of people’s minds are conditioned to think about. So if you open your mind to the discussion, then you will make wiser choices in life about the use of the word NIGGER.



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