5/5/09

Nigga



When I was young my Dad tried to break me out of saying it. A month later, he was saying it like the rest of us. I see different forms of this practice and behavior with other people using other words.

Like I know this one girl. She is cool as hell. Loves video games and guns. Really into punk music. But... she is really fat. So I have been around her and her friends and they have said.... in front of me.... to each other... "shut up you fat bitch." Now imagine if I tried to get away with saying that? I can't use it because I am not part of the group. That is part of the way they identify with each other and I can't use that with them.

I guess, the idea is, it cannot be meant as offensive when it applies to the the person using it. As in the Pot calling the Kettle Black. I can't really try and hurt your feelings by calling you a fat bitch if I am a fat bitch too.

And I can't really be trying to make you mad by calling you a "nigga" if I'm a "nigga" too.

BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE... the question is why use it at all?

For me, personally, it is a way of just identifying with someone else. A sort of way of saying I have something in common with this person that other people don't. And it's a little more. The word is like a badge because it represents what people thought we were, and that we were nothing more than that. So in a way... it is like a one word way of saying, "we are in this struggle together."

And that is why White People or other ethnicities ain't supposed to be using it because they aren't a part of the group.

Best way I could explain it.

I don't use the word around other people out of respect for other people, period.



Anyway.... I never hear anyone say that so I thought I would say it.

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