Per Merriam-Webster there are 3 distinctive meanings determined; two out of three are deemed as being offensive. First meaning states the word as being offensive to describe a black person, yes I would agree, this is very offensive. I do not tolerate the word, per my history and understandings of the word and how it was used. I do not call myself “nigger” nor do I call any other person regardless of race “nigger”. Second meaning goes on to state that it would be any person of a ‘dark skinned race’. Does this mean a person whom would be darker than a Caucasian person? Or just dark in complexion for where is the line ever drawn, per the literary changes of the meaning of the word varies through time, on how common the term is utilized by the society we live in. Third meaning is deprived of those of a socially disadvantage class of persons, and it goes on to quote Ron Dellums “It’s time for someone to lead all of America’s niggers”…all the people who feel left out of the political process. This could mean just about anyone, race would be considered unimportant. Who does society see as poor class? Middle class, persons who live below poverty level, which black people aren’t the only ones in that social class.
Judging from reading posts and message boards, which I had to pull myself away due to the heightened anger that began to rise within me for our world is full of the most hatred of people. We have come along away, from those that hate against skin color to no longer hide behind sheets, but up front and out in the open, per our house of representatives, and those so called internet bloggers hiding behind Avatars as their main picture. Still they rise on occasions to bully, and threaten those that they don’t care to understand, out of fear comes about their hate. Most of us-black people, who embrace their history, like I dislike the term, nigger, though we may not have lived through our ancestors physical pain, our mentality is the same. Majority of us have listened and endured the pain through our ancestor’s stories. Stories that my father at age 58 and grandmother age 80 can sit and tell and like always I cringe and my own bubble of hate begins to surround me. We don’t have to physically live it, just like a person of a Jewish background that’s my age, whom didn’t physically live the holocaust, but do we not share in that pain behind the story of our people? No one can tell us how we should feel, if they haven’t walked a mile in our shoes. Such as some races can’t tell a story of what they have endured? Not if their race of people were the ones causing the suffering of other races? They will mock our feelings of the word, by giving us the “it’s not that bad of a word” “why do black people use the word if it’s so bad” well that’s ignorance. Per my opinion, you can’t judge me on what another person says just because he or she is my race. Nor can I judge you based on my own experiences with those of other races-you are an individual, your beliefs may not be the same of your mother or father.
The use of the word “nigger” for me will never be tolerated to use in everyday language by black people or any other race for that matter. It hurts me to think that black people twisted this word to mean something they acknowledge themselves by, despite the intended meaning they’ve always known it to be. In my opinion it is pure ignorance, as a race we are always taking ourselves a million steps back when we’ve come so far to take one step forward.
The so called mentors of our generation such as music artists, entertainers utilize this word freely, in return so do we, as black people we have always been on the building block of being followers instead of as leaders. As parents, instead of teaching our children right from wrong, we allow television and society to teach our children how to live in this society. Where is the discipline of who we are as a race, to have allowed this mockery to go on? How can we move forward in being respected by others if we act so foolishly amongst each other? It starts with US, as parents, as sisters, brothers, uncles, and aunties, grandparents and friends. Do we have the courage to end this ignorant behavior?