Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kanye West Is Not A Nigger

Well, by now it has become common knowledge that Kanye West decided to interject himself in the video music awards. Regardless of what you think of his actions that night, it is still inappropriate to use racism to attack him.  Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell those pimping the lie about a post racial world, that using the word nigger is hateful and racist.

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I trust that I have made my point.

The easiest way to demean a Black person is to use the word nigger.  Yesterday on twitter, a search of Kanye West lead to tweet after tweet filled with racial slurs.  If West had been a White man, they would have called him an ass or a jerk, however; because he is a Black man they felt the need to remove even the most basic humanity from him.

Nigger is a slur that cuts to the very bone because it reminds Blacks that we are second class citizens.  Despite the fact that many contend that we have reached the dawn of a new day because of the election of Barack Obama, some people still cannot accept our equality and Blacks continue to internalize negative views of Blackness.  Nigger is still the go to word when it comes disciplining Blacks because it immediately evidences the racial hierarchy that is very much in existence.

It made me ill to read the tweets.  The more people spoke out against the use of the word nigger the more the frequency increased.  Each time the word nigger is used, each and every single Black person is demeaned.  This was not just an attack on West, or Black men, but all Black people.  What West did was ignorant and rude but to use the word nigger to discipline him, is taking the conversation in a brand new direction.  Call him an ass, a jerk, or whatever you want, but reaching for nigger is only a display of either internalized racism or outright racism.