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I'm not a N*gga!! Posted on 05-05-2004
HU_Intellect

Due to recent post and extreme use of the word I thought that I would make this post. I wrote a novel called "I'm not a n*gga", that explained the history of the word and how it has evolved and the power that it has had on our people. Well the overall purpose of that novel (really short story) was to tell why we shouldn't refer to each other as n*ggas and how it is hypocritical to get mad at another race for using it when you use it everyday. Everybody who knows me knows that I can't stand the word (just ask Wizdom and FAMU_first) I try to protest when ever I hear somebody using it but I find that I am often alone in my thinking and to many people it has just become another word, and it is often too energy consuming. I think there was a post like this before but, HOW DO Y'ALL FEEL ABOUT THE WORD N*GGA!
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replied on 05-05-2004 12:32AM [Reply]
i ain't gone lie i'm guilty of sayin it...i cut back on it...but i realized how much its bringin down the black community,b/c the time a white person curls their lips up to say the word...we ready to throw down...and i gotta friend whose asian and white..and she gettin a lil carried away with it...so i don't approve of it...but its like a curse word almost...once ya start cursing its kinda hard to stop right?? or is it just me?
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justiFIYAHble from Oxford, MS replied on 05-05-2004 12:42AM [Reply]

TippyTop8705 wrote:
i ain't gone lie i'm guilty of sayin it...i cut back on it...but i realized how much its bringin down the black community,b/c the time a white person curls their lips up to say the word...we ready to throw down...and i gotta friend whose asian and white..and she gettin a lil carried away with it...so i don't approve of it...but its like a curse word almost...once ya start cursing its kinda hard to stop right?? or is it just me?
Cosigns....I say it all tha time...and when a white person says it I am ready to pounce but to me it's all in tha tone...I know some trill **** white people who say it and it doesn't really bother people...It's tha ones that use the word racially that **** me off!!! I know it's wrong but I kinda feel like we've taken that word and put anotha spin on it...instead of it reminding us of hatred, and racism....we use it as a term of endearment...Kinda like...yeah we some ****...you gave us tha name...but damnit..these **** are still here and you can't do a damn thing about it. Sometimes I think about it like that and other times I just say it just because!!
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RevolutionarySistah from Los Angeles, CA replied on 05-05-2004 12:57AM [Reply]

HU_ComeBacKid wrote:
overall purpose of that novel (really short story)
lol, thas funny. A short novel. lol I ain't clownin' though, i wrote one too, it was written in pencil on notebook paper, came out to like 100 pages. But anyways, back to the topic at hand, I don't like the word ni99a either. When people call me that, I usually tell 'em don't call me that, I ain't no ni99a. I use the word frequently, however, 'cause I see a alot of ni99as runnin' around. Basically, i use it how its meant to be used, as a derogatory term. do you think thas messed up?? So, if I call you "my ni99a" or say "a ni99a" u should be offended!
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Mr. Chicagosocialite replied on 05-05-2004 01:27AM [Reply]
I think the word n*gger is repulsive. Like Hucomebackid, I’ve also noticed the frequent use of the word on this site. Thank you Hucomebackid for addressing it. I can’t fathom how black people, specifically “intelligent” black people, could ever think this word is appropriate. It saddens me to see people use such uneducated diction. How can we stop racism when we perpetuate it in our own communities? This is why it is so difficult for the world to take African-Americans seriously. We have made the trite expression “Do as I say, not as I do” the hallmark of our lives. I know some individuals argue “it’s become a term of endearment”, but this too is absurd. I think if withdrew ourselves from the picture for a second we would truly realize how ridiculous we sound saying a racial slur is a term of endearment. We are the only race that uses racial slurs to show “affection”. When Asians embrace one another they do not say, “What’s up ****”. When Mexicans embrace one another they do not say, “What’s up spec (SP)”. When White people embrace one another they do not say, “What’s up hunky”. Only in the black community can one witness such non-sense. How can we say a term that has been the source of so much pain and hatred is a way of displaying pride? As intelligent African-Americans we should be acutely sensitive to discrimination and racial prejudice and understand how they can undermine the importance of human connection. Our ancestors shed their blood to end stupidity, yet years later its still prevalent. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE, WE’RE MAKING A MOCERY OF OURSELVES!
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d.blaze replied on 05-05-2004 09:26AM [Reply]
i love the word n*gga .... i wanted 2 hate it but itz so catchy plus on a documentary they said **** wuz a god or su'n there's no such thing as a bad word just bad context i use wut i like
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replied on 05-05-2004 10:27AM [Reply]
I say da word a lot. But what makes me mad is when someone of a different race say it or when someone say it that's not fully black. But, I am tryin my hardest to stop using the word N*gga. I'm take da 7 step plan to stop using the word just like they got for smokers, and crack addicts we need a 7 step plan for users of da word N*gga.
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H Pirate08 replied on 05-05-2004 12:36PM [Reply]
My view on the word ni99a is this: I use the word because I feel that it is the common bond that we as black people have with one another. At one point in history, we were all subject be called ni99a regardless of skin tone, social status or whatever. I believe that it is a reminder of a time when we were looked upon as being an inferior race, and it shows how far we have come since then. It is similar to the practice of collecting minstrel show memorabilia. These shows were not positive in any way shape or form, but they are still a part of our history. If we forget the past, then it is bound to repeat itself. I do understand the other side of the argument, and I never use it in a professional setting with another black person or with someone I do not know personally. But when I am hanging out with my boys, I feel that it represents the bond we have together and the comfort level we have with each other. Lets keep this discussion going, it is good to talk about topics like this.
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AfroPoeticSista replied on 05-05-2004 01:05PM [Reply]
H Pirate08 wrote:
My view on the word ni99a is this: believe that it is a reminder of a time when we were looked upon as being an inferior race, and it shows how far we have come since then.. . I feel that it represents the bond we have together and the comfort level we have with each other.
''How far we've come since then?" . If the "boys" you hang out with survived a shootout, would you point loaded guns at eachother everytime you met as a reminder of how you all survived? N/gga-n/gger is a loaded word.
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replied on 05-05-2004 04:10PM [Reply]
AfroPoeticSista wrote:
H Pirate08 wrote:
My view on the word ni99a is this: believe that it is a reminder of a time when we were looked upon as being an inferior race, and it shows how far we have come since then.. . I feel that it represents the bond we have together and the comfort level we have with each other.
''How far we've come since then?" . If the "boys" you hang out with survived a shootout, would you point loaded guns at eachother everytime you met as a reminder of how you all survived? N/gga-n/gger is a loaded word.
I see both sides of the argument, but I feel the need to put my two cents in. Afropoetic, nobody would do such a thing. That would be senseless. In all truth, I believe that the word itself has lost some of its true meaning. It is just like going up to your boys and saying, "wassup dawg", or wassup homie". Revolutionary was the first case I actually heard where a black person was using it in a derogatory (SP?) manner. The word itself does have a derogatory background, but that is not the sense in which it is used nowadays. The other side of the arguement is the fact that many of us have expressed the fact that we feel anger towards people of other races who use the term, therefore why should we use it? In theory it should be that if I call two people from two different races my friend, then I should be able to refer to my friends in the same way. "Whattup hoomeboy", "Whattup kid", "Whattup dude" are some statementsthat can be used towards us, yet if a non African American says "Whattup ****" we become offended. That is not right. If you condone using the word, then it should not be limited. On the other hand, if you do not then it makes sense that you should not allow anyone else to. Just my two cents.
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