Monday, January 12, 2009

Go Ahead Say Nigger

Yes you read the title of this post correctly.  I am tired of hearing white people whine about not being able to say the word nigger.  Blacks get to say it with impunity, and if we are really racially equal, all people should be able to say the word is the common refrain.

Here is the deal. March your racist ass to the centre of Harlem. Clear your throat, throw your head back and shout Nigger at the top of your lungs.  After you recover from the beating that will probably ensue, you can take comfort in the fact that you were able to say the word.

What is with the obsession with whites wanting to say the word nigger?  Obviously this word has negative social connotations because it has been used to denote blacks as inferior beings.  Just because some black people have tried to reclaim the word, using it as a term of camaraderie, does not mean that we all feel that this word should continue to be used in any context.  Other than when what I am writing necessitates its usage, the word nigger is stricken from my vocabulary. I don't remember either of my parents telling us that we could not use the word but we (my brothers and I) were all raised with enough racial pride to understand that this word is a hate word.

It seems that having the ability to say nigger is all that whiteness is envious of.  When was the last time you heard someone who is white complain that they were not over represented in prisons, or subject more often to the racist death penalty? How about begging to get that wonderful substandard education that is offered in ghetto schools?  OOOH, I know whiteness wants to be subjected to racism everyday, because it is oh so very envious of black people.  Perhaps they would like to live with the knowledge that their sons are more likely to die from violence than go to college.

NAAH, the only part of blackness that whiteness wants is the ability to use the word nigger with impunity.  Yeah, they want to be just like us don't they.  We hear all about how the pendulum has swung to far, and that whiteness is under attack, yet within the first wee hours of 2009 three black men were violently shot by white police officers and two succumbed to their wounds. 

The desire to use the word nigger with a sense of camaraderie, the way that certain blacks do is not really what is desired.  The desire comes from a place of anger and hatred.  Guess what, you don't need our permission to use the word nigger in this way because you already do.  Just because you have developed enough self-preservation not to say it to our faces, does not mean that the word has been deleted from your vocabulary.  When you are driving alone in your car and some black person cuts you off, don't tell me that the words fucking nigger don't instantly pop into your head.  Don't tell me that when you are with your white friends that your inner racist does not express itself because now you feel safe.

So go ahead say nigger to your hearts content because whites that wish to say that word do not have that desire from a place that  loves blackness.  A bigot has never needed our permission to hate us and therefore this whining about not being able to say the "n word" is nonsense.  Did they need our permission to enslave us? Did they need our permission to enact Jim Crow laws?  Did they need our permission to leave us to die in the wake of hurricane Katrina? 

Let's be honest, it's not about the word nigger, it is about a desire to be able to continue to rule without threat, or challenge to authority.  It is about getting us to believe all of the lies that have been told about us. Whiteness desires mental and physical slavery.  The truth of the matter is, no matter how much that word may offend me, even without its usage, whiteness has been able to make sure that we are continually subject to racist assaults.  Though this one particular word is painful, is it really any more painful than the daily onslaughts endured by blacks just to ensure we able to continue to draw breathe? 

So I say again...say nigger to your hearts content.  Yell it, embrace it, let your inner racist out.  It matters not because your actions have already defined you for what you are.  We are not blind to the continued racism of whiteness, we live with it everyday. 


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