THIS IS ONE OF MY PIECES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN www.urbanvoicesonline.com ...thought I'd share!
"What up Nigger?" Oh, my bad!!!!!... As we say in the hip-hop generation---- this is the remix! I mean "what up my Nigga?" Are you insulted? If not, you should be! Is it that difficult to recognize the hatred in the word? Because I dropped the "er" and supplemented the letter "a," or "ah, " did I eradicate the negative undertone? Some would argue that it is acceptable because I am a person of color, others will argue that the word has evolved, but I beg to differ! Are we African-Americans to believe that the more we use this word amongst each other, the less insulting it becomes? Has the definition, the classification, and the characterization of this word changed? Did "NIGGER" truly evolve with time? If you answered, "yes" to this question, I bet our ancestors who hung from trees would disagree. I would also be willing to bet that brothers such as Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Emmit Till, Amado Diallo, James Bryd, and soon to be legally lynched, Imam Jamil Al-Amin would disagree with you. Is the word an equal opportunity term? Is it "descriptively independent?" If so, why is its use prohibited to some, particularly our Anglo-Saxon counterparts? Do we as a people actually believe that a word so vulgar, so malicious --- a word that is the mother of all abhorrence, has been sterilized over time and stamped with the seal of racial approval?....Oh yeah, and uhhh, ...did I forget to mention that our children are listening? Does it matter? If the bulk of African-Americans are offended by being called a "NIGGER" by Whites, shouldn't we be just as offended when we are addressed as a "NIGGA" by our own? Are some African-Americans operating on a double standard? Are double standards acceptable when they are "for us " and endorsed "by us?" Where do African-Americans stand? Are we confused? No body said it better than the late Brother Malcolm, " I say it, and I say it again....you've been duped, ...you've been hoodwinked ...you've been bamboozled!" Is a "NIGGER" by any other name (NIGGA, NIGGAH) still a "NIGGER?????" You be the judge!
"Revolution Starts between the Ears" Mizz Mercedes
"Revolution Starts Between the Ears"