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Tuesday, July 10

nigger this and nigger that





Growing up I was a huge fan of Richard Pryor and every time he put out an album or a new movie, I was the first in line to buy it or go see it.

So when Richard came back from Africa one year and announced to everyone that he would never use the word nigger again; it had a huge impact on me.

This was what, maybe 1979 or so? Up until then Richard, like most black comedians of the day used the word nigger to excess. To be truthful up until then I never gave the word much thought.

Amongst my friends we used the word all the time with each other and never gave a shit unless someone not black threw it out then the fight was on. But when Richard said no more, I stopped and gave a lot of time and thought to what the word really meant.

That’s when it hit me what a fucked up word “nigger” really is, and since then I have done my best to exterminate that word from my vocabulary. I don’t use it, I don’t like hearing it, and I don’t like my family using it.

So when I read about how the NAACP put on a mock funeral recently to bury the word forever, I don’t know wither to applaud or call bullshit.

My initial thought is to call bullshit because I don’t give a fuck how many “mock” burials, or pretty speeches you give, unless you plan on getting off your signifying asses and do something, its all fuckin lip service.

By that I mean go after the main source, meaning us, as in black people.

Start with the schools and the stinkin assed kids. Teach em what the word really means and how people have died over its use. Show nigger for what it really is, a damnation of self and an insult, not some hip phrase to use when referring to someone.

Take the fuckin music and film industry to task over use of the word nigger. Don’t advertise movies or music who’s artist use the word nigger in their products.

Make them understand that yeah, it’s a personal choice but that doesn’t mean that we have to advertise your shit or go see and hear it.

Make the word nigger uncool or the new stupid and maybe soon the artist along with their industries will see themselves losing money and backers. I bet then they’ll stop using the word in their music and movies if the money dries up.

That’s how you make a muthafuckin change, you educate, educate, educate, and if that don’t work you hit muthafuckers where it hurts the most, the pocketbooks.

Give the NAACP props for at least doing something on the so called positive, but muthafuck a mock burial.

All the speeches in the world ain’t shit unless you have the balls to do something with all those pretty words. I’m just saying.



"and the monkey flipped the switch"

19 Comments:

Blogger Miss Ann Thrope said...

I wish teachers/schools would educate children about using words that can hurt them as kind of a, (I'm having trouble find the word,) greeting ?? It makes no sense to refer to other people that way because "you can." If a person doesn't want to be referred to in a derogatory manner, they need to wipe it from society as a whole.

Respect goes all kinds of ways...starting with respecting oneself.

3:22 PM  
Blogger PGP said...

"All the speeches in the world ain’t shit unless you have the balls to do something with all those pretty words. I’m just saying. "

EXACTLY!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

I love it when young white "hipsters" are "so down" with their "bruthas" that they think they can say and do eveything their bruthas do.

WRONG!

I love it when white folk complain about a "double standard". "They call themselves that! Why can't I call them that?"

Because you're WHITE you ignorant redneck!

If it were up to me, I would remove that word (and some others) from the human vocabulary. I removed them from mine decades ago. There is no context in which it would be acceptable for those words to cross my lips.

Some people can say some words, some people can't.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Miss Ann Thrope said...

I love it when white folk complain about a "double standard". "They call themselves that! Why can't I call them that?"

Because you're WHITE you ignorant redneck!


You need to take a long hard look at the crap you just spewed. And look up the meaning of the word 'hypocrite.'

10:48 PM  
Blogger Chronic The Hedgehog said...

as one of the aforementioned "white-hipster-rednecks" I've gotta throw in my 2 cents:

I think the best thing going for killing negative concept represented by the word "nigger" (because it's the concept of the word that's offensive, never a word itself.. a word is just letters or sounds)is the fact that white kids call eachother "nigga" in the streets... and it'll mean even more when in 15 years these idiot kids have grown up and are wearing suits in corporate america and still calling their caucasoid brethren "my nigga"... because at that point, the word has lost its negative implication completely... it's the concept of hate currently associated with the word afterall, not the word itself, that needs to be eliminated.

at least from a "white-hipster-redneck" pothead's perspective.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Nightmare said...

white guy, who spent more time on the "wrong side of the tracks" as it was referred to in my day, not that it was but I grew up in a smallish town with my best friend being black...still is, black and my best friend. I never liked using that word for any reason, and still don't I have threatened people of all colors, with a beatin', for for using that word around me.

I think a lot of the problem we have nowadays, stems from the lack of respect children have for their elders. During the 60's and 70's the NAACP was huge! It brought forth a ton of change. The organization was there to help people of color advance. What did we get? ghettos full of bitchy drug dealers looking for the quick cash.

Something happened that I don't know what, but kids stopped being respectful and the support for the NAACP seems to have waned.

When the NAACP had the mock funeral for the Jim Crow laws 30 years ago, they were still a strong organization that represented the majority of black people nationwide. I'm guessing you could head over to any hood in KC and ask any black teen what he thought of the NAACP, and I'm guessing that you would get more answers like "They need to pay those guys to play ball in college" instead of "I'm excited to have an opportunity that my forefathers helped bring about by marching and causing a media blitz, that was UNHEARD of in the 60's when all that was available was newspapers and black and white TV"

Can you imagine the good MLK could do with the power of the internet behind him?

7:24 AM  
Blogger satyavati said...

I kinda see it like this: if you want people to respect you, you first have to respect yourself. This goes for individuals, races, nations, cultures, whatever. If a person or group of people are willing to refer to themselves with a word that has never, ever carried a single positive connotation then how can anyone be surprised if the negative connotations of that word are perpetuated?

It would be like me dressing trashy and standing on a street corner, then getting pissed off at someone calling me a whore.

I don't believe that it's okay for black folk to be calling each other all the derogatory names that seem to be the rage these days. I don't believe that because you're black it's okay and if you're white it's not. Nasty words are nasty words, and until the community that is keeping these words fashionable realizes that they're keeping the ball of negativity rolling against themselves, it's not going to stop.

But it has to stop with the realization "I'm too good for this and this word doesn't describe me". Until that happens, nothing's going to happen.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

miss ann - "You need to take a long hard look at the crap you just spewed. And look up the meaning of the word 'hypocrite.'"

I need some help understanding exactly what you found hypocritical about my comment.

Was it my use of the word "redneck" while condemning the use of the "N word"?

If so, you can't seriously be comparing the two words on an equal historical and emotional basis, can you?

Because from an entymological basis, they have very different origins and emotional weight.

Go look 'em up.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php

6:28 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

When I was 6 years old, and that was 40 years ago, I was in the closet giggling with my younger brother saying the word, "nigger." I didn't know what it meant, but when my dad heard us he got out the belt and that was the only time I ever took the belt from my dad. And, I haven't said the word since. Like Xavier mentioned, some people just can't say that word without the deeper meaning coming out.
I dated a black gal for a while and she called me her "white nigger." I wasn't all that comfortable with it, but she told me she could say that word but I never could, without risking an ass whipping.
I'm not even too comfortable posting about it now, but this is just one guy's observation. The word out of a white guys mouth just means so much bad, and its hard to even talk about without painting oneself as a bigot.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words smerds. does anybody see that the fact that the yoot of america are using the word cause it has lost its original meaning?? doesnt that mean all the work done heretofore has been successful?? The word doesnt mean jack anymore. we used to be spanked for using it too (well just once-my dad was a bad-ass) Now, honor students, living in upscale neighborhoods use it in and out of "mixed" company- and nobody even flinchs. much less get a whipping. good gawd can we find something that actually makes a difference to worry about?? you arrogant libs cannot - in spite of your efforts to put us all in grey jump suits and battery powered red cars - cannot decide what words mean to anyone except your tree hugging, whale fucking, baby killing selves. grow the fuck up. and btw.. you would suck a fetus into the missouri river with a sharp vacuum but come unglued when somebody uses an "offensive" word.. for gawd's sake- you simple minded sheep. word word word. turd.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Nightmare said...

" you would suck a fetus into the missouri river with a sharp vacuum"

You say that like it is a bad thing. Catfish need to eat too.

Oh and by the way, Missouri needed to be capitalized. It is a name, or didn't your republican based, no one left behind education teach you that ? Fucking cock sucking doorknob. Leave an "anonymous" post here? At Death's Door? What are you lame?

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol.. yes I am lame. As a matter of fact I am crippled and you have insulted me with that nasty, nasty word. fuck man. I am hurt. And the capitol M is offensive to me so I am banning it. There is a rally later today. Bury the capitol M. So excuse the fuck out of me for using casual grammer and speech in this here blog- jeez I did not know you libs had rules- Now my feelings are hurt.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And btw- you said this in one of your blogs, "...if we hadn’t went to war and all her son .."

and you are correcting my grammer?
lmfao..

11:25 AM  
Blogger satyavati said...

Hi Anonymous,

I don't know where you live, but around here, the N word will and does get you in trouble.

Maybe in the big bright cities where everyone's so cool and trendy it has no meaning.

But here in the tobacco fields it has quite a lot of meaning.

And I wish you'd explain what using the N word has to do with taking care of whales and so on. I thought this was just about nice manners.

Love,
Satyavati

5:34 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

"does anybody see that the fact that the yoot of america are using the word cause it has lost its original meaning?? doesnt that mean all the work done heretofore has been successful?? The word doesnt mean jack anymore"

So you wouldn't have any problem with Dubya using the N word in his State of the Union speech?

Since it has "lost its original meaning" and all.

Dubya could refer to Condy Rice as "My N....." and that's OK with you?

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lmfao... hell no.. but... would you.. could you.. hate him any more because of it??
I am not saying I use the word nor do I like hearing the word. Have raised four teenagers and having a house full of children of many colors and of course, no color, I was impressed with how they prioritze what is important - at least in their lives- and dont come unglued over words and skin color and appearances. As to where I live- um - right in the middle of 150 acres of potatoes and soybeans. And my lily white husband raised tobacco for most of his young life. As to "nice manners" (still lmfao) - I just cant think of anything funny to say about that. But it makes me laugh. Nice manners. love you too. (no offense intended)

10:07 PM  
Blogger satyavati said...

Hi, it's me again,

I personally don't find anything all that funny about teaching people respect and nice manners. But more importantly, you still haven't explained what the N word and how I feel about it has to do with taking care of whales.

You really could have picked a better way to jump on my political views, cause I don't think this was all that good a way to do it.

And if you're at it, please explain which part of all this denoted to you what my views on abortion are. Your sources are mistaken.

Have a happy day.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous rm said...

man, all I know man, is word to ya grandma man, word to ya mothas. bless.

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice manners I haven't a fucking clue what you are talking about. You are just too muthafucking nice for the likes a' me. Sorry I offended your whale sensibilities and suck all the fetuses you want down the drain. Its your right. As for the letter which shall not be named (have to go dig it up anyway- its been burried)- I could not care less if you paid me that you are offened by any of the twenty six letters I use regularly and the gazads of words. (no offense- I know gazads has some negative shit around it.. ) I love whales. I love babies... live ones. not the kind you fems dislove with battery acid every time the condom breaks. MY POINT WAS THAT YOU CARE MORE ABOUT WHALES THAN LIVE HUMAN BABIES- Really- was it that hard to get the idle reference to whales.. which was only and idle reference to libs in general who worry themselves sick about words and what the possible meanings of them are and in what context they are used and perhaps we should start an investigation and see the what the mind police have to say about the whole (letter which shall not be named) thing. gawd.

6:02 PM  

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