Just because I don’t use the word Nigga that does not mean I’m bougeoisie

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to breach the subject of using the word Nigga. Now normally I would never say, write or even think of using this word. I am also not comfortable with using the term “N-word”. Yet, I sit hear listening to Talib Kweli’s new album “Gravitis” and I am aware of how uncomfortable I am with it’s usage. This morning I was once again reminded of this when I noticed the comment “…sounds like a nigga name” under a friend’s picture. I made the mistake of clicking to see what the person that said it looked like and seeing she was a white woman wearing a N.W.A t-shirt I couldn’t help but be upset. Not only because she was white but for the idiotic notion that if she was black it would be okay. I was reminded of this when I looked on the dance floor at my Holiday party and watched as everyone was repeating Kayne lyric’s word for word, because I guess when it’s in a song lyric than it again is acceptable for anyone to use the word Nigga.

Let me just say this… I believe in no circumstances should the word Nigga or Nigger ever be used. Unless you are referring to Dick Gregory’s book or quoting something that was said in the 50s. To me it is absolutely appalling that in damn near 2014, this word isn’t as unacceptable as the terms porch monkey or jungle bunny. I am a firm believer that by choosing to refer to yourself by the title your oppressor has given you, you are accepting the oppression. When do we as a people say enough is enough and make this word unacceptable?

A few weeks ago I was talking with a acquaintance about how upset I was that someone had recently called be bourgeoisie. I discussed how in my eyes it’s essentially calling me a House Nigga, a concept that I contemplate in my life now that I work in a very affluent and predominately white neighborhood. She tried to explain to me that being called bourgeoisie is a compliment, because it’s opposite of being called a Nigga. That somehow a person can only be either or and that there are no other options. She had no concept of capitalism or the teachings of Marx and Engels, to understand my dislike of both terms. To her, is you’re not a house Nigga than you’re just a Nigga.

In my own life I have been referred to as Nigga, Oreo, Sell Out, White Wannabe and all the like. I was the girl that was black until I spoke or until they found out that my mother was white. I was raised in a household that race never really came up because when you’re raised by a German, it never is an issue. So I have never understood why no one else see’s that by using the word Nigga they are just perpetuating the stereotype that “being” black is “being” a Nigga? I don’t understand how someone can call themselves a “conscious” rapper and use the word Nigga. This word is not a symbol of brotherhood but a symbol of oppression. It’s offensive to have ANYONE call me a Nigga because to me it’s a slap in the face to all those that died to give me a shot at equality. Doesn’t anyone else see that there is no progression if people allow themselves to be labeled in such a horrific way?

I can not wait for the day that Nigga isn’t even a option. A day when I can listen to hip hop without being reminded that I and others are viewed as just Niggas. I hope there will be a time when no one will have “permission” to use a word that in my opinion sets us all back decades. I think it’s time that the discussion also involves letting the word go all together and move in a real direction of consciousness.

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