Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Alec Baldwin Tweets the Word Niggas But Black Folk Aren't Allowed to be Upset
The following are Baldwin's tweets:
Recently we have seen quite a bit denial about the harm that slurs cause. It seems that some believe that depending on the context in which the slur is uttered that it can be potentially be acceptable and that of course is born of privileged thinking. It is simply an excuse for dominant bodies to actively oppress marginalized ones. Slurs cannot be said without causing harm because they are based on a legacy of dehumanizing and actively oppressing marginalized people.
Alec Baldwin didn't just repeat the title of a Kanye song he suggested a title of a song that he would sing. I am sure that he thought that this was funny but any kind of denial of a racist slant to his commentary went out the window the moment he decided to expand upon Kanye's song. The words "Kanye and I are doing a song called niggas in Motauk," were of his own creation.
I think that some will be willing to give him a pass because he said niggas and not nigger due to the fact that niggas is supposedly a more friendly version of the word but point in fact is that any word in which nigger is the derivative, is racist coming out of the mouth of a White man. The very fact that he believed that he had the right to then attack those who were justifiably complaining about his language, further proves how determined Baldwin is to deny any of his various privileges.
In closing, if you happen to be White and have an inkling to say the word nigga, niggers, niggaz, niggas, do the world a favour and shut the hell up. You will never ever erase your historical privilege enough to be able to say this word without being viewed as an outright racist.