Posted on: May 12, 2011 Posted by: Felicia S. C. Gooden Comments: 3

Nigger (http://dictionary.reference.com)
–noun

1.Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive .

    a.a black person.
    b.a member of any dark-skinned people.
2.Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive . a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.
3.a victim of prejudice similar to that suffered by blacks; a person who is economically, politically, or socially disenfranchised.
I must say that I am appalled. African Americans seem to be lost in their own fight. Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors fought long and hard for to be able to have take advantage of opportunities that Caucasians had to succeed in this world. They fought to be educated, they fought to be able to vote, they fought to have the right to speak just as freely as any other person and they fought for the right to vote. They fought for freedom. Yet, in the 21st Century, we have not progressed very much. African Americans are still in the box that the slave owners wanted us to be in. Many dream, but don’t push to achieve much of anything. Others work for their dreams, but still degrade themselves in the same effort. Many set the goal of doing nothing with their lives but having children and collecting government checks, and others glorify the life of drugs, sex and violence. Living in the projects and exhibiting low self-worth has become the “it” thing to do. As long as one has stacks on deck and a nice car then everything is gravy right?
Also, what was the point of our ancestors fighting for the right to vote if most of us are unwilling to get out and vote? We have convinced ourselves that participating in taking advantage of what our ancestors sacrificed blood, sweat, tears, and lives for is NOT the thing to do. We pride ourselves on being ignorant and ratchet. Having no class is classy. Having no money, but looking like it proves value. Robbery, murder and drug dealing are the things to do to make a living. F**k the system!! But being able to take over the system is supposed to be what our generation is doing. To top it all off, instead of finding ways to stick together and support each other, we talk down to one another and allow our pride and arrogance to fuel our “Proud to be Black” complex. We are too good for ourselves.
Most importantly, African Americans have endlessly defended their degradation of speech. Improper English, Ebonics, may as well be a legitimate language now. What surprises me is the fact that African Americans are proud of this. Instead of striving to do and become more than what we are, instead of creating something different to truly set themselves apart, instead of creating our OWN language, we have degraded another language and called it our own. That is the American way right? Take something from someone else, change it and call it an original idea. This is preposterous and absolutely disgusting. Why should we allow ourselves to continue to fall into the mental trap that the people at the top have set for us?
Let’s get into this. The word nigger. I can feel some of you rolling your eyes, but it must be addressed. Nigger was used by slave owners to refer to the slaves, and in later years it was used to generally refer to “blacks” or African Americans.
Today, African Americans say this word probably more than Caucasian slave owners ever did. I am sorry to break the news, but changing “-er” to “-a” is not acceptable. We hold and express our value of our selves through our speech. If we always refers to ourselves as niggers, then we will always be niggers. It does not matter who says the word, as long as we accept its existence as a way to refer to African Americans, then that is all we ever shall be. I have even found myself saying “It’s not just black people, it’s niggas.” The person I was speaking to, an African American male, agreed with me and understood what I was saying. This is surely not what our ancestors dreamed for us.  We all claim to be proud African Americans, we claim to know and love our history, but apparently we do not respect it. The time has come for change. Barack Obama is our first American President of color. We support him and love him and his family dearly. We say that we have come a long way, yet we still participate in the same foolishness. It is time to wake up. It is time to make a change for ourselves, beginning with how we speak.
We must stop saying that those of our peers who wish to speak English correctly is “trying to be white.” Those people are trying to be educated. Read a book. We must stop saying that African Americans are the only ones that are able to use the word nigger or nigga, because we refuse to let go of our traumatizing past. We must stop believing that we are the only ones that can use any racial slur, and then become offended when someone of another race uses the word nigger against us. For all of you religion nuts and Bible thumpers, God doesn’t like hypocrites. We must strive as a race to better ourselves. We must correct one another when improper syntax and dialect is used. We must allow ourselves to be freed of the mental chains that we claim are are not bound by. We must recognize what has been done to us in the name of letting us do things for ourselves. We must truly overcome. Many will rebut, “but not ALL African Americans act like this.” That excuse does not discount them from being responsible for helping their peers reach their highest potential.
One should be moved by this. One should think deeply about one’s own actions and be inspired to do something different. One should be enlightened as one ponders upon what is really going on in this world. One should strive and gain the will power to no longer want to be a sheep. I strongly encourage it! But the big “gotcha!” about this scenario is this: in five minutes, someone’s phone will ring, and one will answer “What up nigga?”

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  1. Amazing article. Unfortunately for those to whom it is addressed, they will never push the envelope. But know beautiful one that your mind has founded in it like minds, like mine. Thank you and stay the course.
    Rhett Collier – http://www.trains-of-thought.com [The price of a ticket is just a thought and the promise is no passenger lost. Welcome Aboard the Trains Of Thought.]

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