Sunday, February 03, 2013

Has Nigger Become the New Black?


I am asking this question because sometimes I feel like I am one of the only few Blacks in existence today who believe and understand that Nigger is a racist word that was thrown on my people out of pure hatred of us being Black and human by the white race. I don’t give a damn who is president. I don’t give a damn about how so many Blacks today are interracially dating, marrying and having bi-racial children with whites. I don’t give a damn about how so many Blacks today are inter-ethnically dating, marrying, and have bi-ethnic children with Hispanics, Latinos, and Asians. I could not care less about any of the dating habits of our people today because for the most part we don’t know any better. Anyway, I was at a hip-hop concert a couple of weekends ago supporting a younger cousin who happens to be a hip-hop artist. He is actually pretty good. His rapping partner is pretty good as well. I use the word hip-hop because there is a difference between rap and hip-hop.


At this concert, the crowd was racially and ethnically diverse. However, the whites in attendance did outnumber the other various racial and ethnic groups in attendance. Even one of the hip-hop acts that came on before my cousin was diverse in its group's make up. I will say this. The white kid who rapped in this mainly black rap group really lyrically outshined the Black dudes. I guess after you have exhausted all of the curse words and the word Nigger in your lyrics nothing else comes to mind. However, this was not the case for the white kid in the group. He ran lyrical circles around his fellow group mates. What was so interesting about this gathering of hip-hop lovers of all races and ethnicities, was the ever so freely usage of the word Nigger. I mean the Black rap guys on stage as I mentioned used the word Nigger as the main part of their act.


The audience screamed Nigger whenever the guys on stage screamed Nigger. However, I never heard anybody on stage or in the audience scream out the words Kyke, Wetback, Spic, Slant-eye, Gook, Charlie, Faggot, Cracker, White devil, Sodomite, WOP, DEGO, Dyke, Fence Jumper, River Swimmer, or anything else that remotely resembled that of a racial slur towards any other racial and ethnic group in attendance at that concert. I was simply amazed by the fact that most of the young adults tossing around the word Nigger were the whites and the bi-racial young adults. So, is this a part of the new underground Hip-Hop movement where whites and bi-racial kids have set the tone of the movement? Has the Black community become so tolerant of this word Nigger that whites in general feel as if the word has lost its meaning, but at the same time are very careful not to insult White Jews and any other ethnic groups with the use of the racial slurs that have been attached historically to their respected groups out of hate? Do bi-racial kids who hang out mostly with whites honestly believe that they are not Black and that the word Nigger can’t be attached them because of many of their skin tones and hair textures? Or, do you all think that so many bi-racial kids have an inner complex based on the natural confusion about who they are and so they are using the word Nigger to try to fit into some group and be accepted? I am asking these questions because that’s what I do as one who has an analytical mind. Also, I am asking because I was wondering why so many bi-racial blacks that night felt so comfortable just spewing the word Nigger all over the venue that night. The black young adults were saying it too, but they were drowned out by the whites and bi-racials in the venue.


I know many of you reading this are probably wondering why I would spend an entire article on the use of the word Nigger when “there are so many other far important issues that need addressing.” Well, I think this is an important issue. As long as the word Nigger is being used, all other so-called important issues cannot be addressed. You see. If you can’t demand that you get referred by a respectable adjective, who in the hell is going to listen to you when it comes to those so-called “other important issues.” The main reason Jews, gays, and, Asians, and Hispanics garner so much respect in this country is because they don’t allow you or their own children to disrespect their race/ethnicity. Black people are not like this. Our children use the word Nigger because we as adults don’t demand that they don’t use the word. Our Black children use the word Nigger so freely because we as adults just won’t slap the shit out of em’ for giving life to such a racist and hate-filled word. Those whites and bi-racial young adults felt the freedom to use the word Nigger because their Black friends in attendance don’t have enough self respect, knowledge of self and love of their own race of people to demand that the word Nigger not be used in their presence. Hey, so much for racial progress, huh?


In closing, I want to share an episode or better yet, a teaching moment that occurred backstage at the concert after the show was over. I was sitting with my cousin and his brother and just chillen and soaking up the scene. One of the producers of my cousin’s music who happened to be black (well he looks Black) came back stage with his check book in his hand and yelled, “Hey, any Nigga in here got a ink pen?” “Any Nigga got a ink pen?” The room responded in a low tone, “Naw. Naw. I ain’t got no pen.” I had a pen in my back pocket. When they were done responding to his asinine question, I pulled out my ink pen and said, “Hey Brotha. Since a Nigga in the room does not have a pen would you accept one from a Brotha?” He paused. The entire room paused. He responded, “Oh yeah. Thanks, Brotha. I dig tha fro too.”

Any questions?

3 comments:

Java Rogers said...

Thank you Rico for a very good article. I believe your message is very relevant today. It amazes me how people who pretend to be educated uses the n###a word. If we as a race want to show progression, we need to act, and speak with some form of intelligence. Please continue to educate the people. Java

Java Rogers said...

Thank you Rico for a very good article. I believe your message is very relevant today. It amazes me how people who pretend to be educated uses the n###a word. If we as a race want to show progression, we need to act, and speak with some form of intelligence. Please continue to educate the people. Java

Rico Rivers said...

Thank you Java for chiming in on the article. It is a shame that not 'us" but society as a whole has allowed this ugly word to become so "ok" to be used everyone and not think anything of it.