Kadina McKenzie expresses her deep frustration towards the “N” word and how people use it today.
Isn’t it disappointing when you look back in time and see heroes like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and many others who’ve fought for our people to get the dignity they deserve? Now, think about their achievements and ask yourself, “Are they still in effect?” I think that their achievements are being allowed to disappear because society doesn’t care.
From what I was taught, the word “Nigger” is defined as: An ignored person of lower stature. Black people eventually dropped the “er” and added an “a” to form a new word “Nigga” and then invented a pointless excuse stating it had a different definition. HELLO FOLKS! This was the word that was used to disrespect our ancestors, the ones that shed blood for us, the one that fought for us to be sitting on buses, the ones that shed tears for us , the same exact ones that made it possible so that this day he or she is sitting next to a white girl or a white guy in classrooms; the ones that made it possible to be drinking from the same water fountains as white people.
And so, now the “N” word is being accepted and used by the same citizens it was used AGAINST! Why would you choose to use a word that brutalized Africans everywhere and then turn around and call someone who looks just like you a “Nigga?”
Look at when you turn on your TV to watch music videos. I’ve noticed that the “N” word has been taken advantage of to the point that the population thinks it’s a part of hip hop or Black culture.
If you have not noticed lately, words like the “B” word have been edited out of all music video, but the “N” word has not been in some cases. The word has been blessed by some of the largest and most visible artists of our time, not to pick on Jay-Z, but he is one of the largest out there. Jay-Z uses the “N” word in every sentence he raps. If we look at any other community – Gays, Jews, Muslims, just to name a few – they probably have names that they use among themselves, but they certainly don’t allow the public to stereotype them and make a word as popular as the “N” word. Neither do they allow society not to care about the cruel and destructive events they have faced in history.
I remember when my mom taught me that what you say or allow to be said about you is what you will become. Too many brothers have allowed themselves to be that ignorant “Nigga” that so many whites once and still think of us as. Brothers that call themself “Nigga this” or “ Nigga that” is all out of ignorance and to a large degree of internalized hatred. How about calling each other “brother” and “sister” instead of “Nigga” or “Bitch.”
The word Nigga, Nigger or Negro: a word of dead people with a dead history as long and no ambition to revive as long as they remain in the past. We should cultivate each other and get past antagonistic philosophy when we hear this word or it is used against us. What we need to do is identify its motive and not allow ourselves to go to the perpetrators level by allowing the “N” word to take over our thoughts of ourselves! Look at the origin of the word before sinking to the level of thinking. As I acknowledge before, a “Nigger” is an ignorant, debased and rather low class person. So, now I have a question for my brothers and sisters: do you fit this characterisation?