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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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Mr. Chicagosocialite replied on 05-05-2004 04:41PM [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.
Great analogy! I think justifying the use of the word n*gger is just as ludicrous. Using the word does not represent a “bond”. The only thing it successfully accomplishes is making one appear uneducated and uncultured.
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oOoDazzlingDanceroOo replied on 05-05-2004 05:06PM [Reply]
i admit that i say the word (n*gga) or (nicca) to much..it just slips out..imma try to work on it tho.
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replied on 05-05-2004 05:21PM [Reply]
The "N" word is just a word, but the different contexts that black folks use it in, derogatory or not, are still a blow to the black psyche! we've attempted to alienate the word into a term of endearment, but it is still rooted in america's racist nomenclature. i think appropriate names would be brother and sister. the n-word is simply a word that was borrowed from whites in an act of grammatical rebellion, however, it still holds the latent connotation of "second-class person". point being...im officially against the word if i am talking to someone that i admire, but like my sister Ali said, it is more than fitting for a person that fits the definition (e.g., gangsters, "thugs", ****-beat dads, etc.).
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Kismet_TNT replied on 05-05-2004 05:42PM [Reply]
It depends on who I am talking to and around for me to use the word. I know that it can be used in a negative manner....but it's like when someone make fun of you...you laugh.....With the owrd **** I use it to show that you can't phase me by calling me a nig@a. But neva did I once refer to myself as a nig@a!
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HU_Intellect replied on 05-05-2004 06:01PM [Reply]
chicagosocialite wrote:
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.
Great analogy! I think justifying the use of the word n*gger is just as ludicrous. Using the word does not represent a “bond”. The only thing it successfully accomplishes is making one appear uneducated and uncultured.
I couldn't agree more. First of Pirate we are still looked upon as being an inferior race so if it reminds us of that time that time is now and if we want to represent the bond we have (which i highly doubt people actually think about that when they use the word) we can find much better ways to do that. I think that "brotha" is a much more powerful word and without the negative connoatations.
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HU_Intellect replied on 05-05-2004 06:10PM [Reply]
BrandedBison08 wrote:
In all truth, I believe that the word itself has lost some of its true meaning.
You gotta elaborate on this one my Bison Brotha. You see you said one of the key terms when looking into the importance of the word true meaning. The true meaning of the word remains and no matter how we try to flip it, it wiil be the same. The slang meaning has changed, however when we use the word we must realize what we are acutally saying, like someone said earlier we are the only people who do this to each other you don't see other races or groups saying "hay ****" and "hay my ****". On the other hand I do not blame us for our ignorance. It was a systematic process that started with slavery and we are still trying to free our minds from those shackles. But it's all good, with a little education, which we are all getting, we will be back on top in no time.
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replied on 05-05-2004 08:52PM [Reply]
Check it, this is what I meant. Since we, black people, use the word so often we do not think about its true meaning. The slang that we use has taken away some of the harshness of it, yet conscious black persons such as the people speaking on this site, are able to realize the derogatory nature that it really entails. Therefore we as a people will continue to use the word because we do not truly realize its the power behind it. As you stated, our ancestors were told that that was what they were, and it has just traveled up the ancestoral line.
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Mr. Chicagosocialite replied on 05-05-2004 09:58PM [Reply]
HU_ComeBacKid wrote:
BrandedBison08 wrote:
In all truth, I believe that the word itself has lost some of its true meaning.
You gotta elaborate on this one my Bison Brotha. You see you said one of the key terms when looking into the importance of the word true meaning. The true meaning of the word remains and no matter how we try to flip it, it wiil be the same. The slang meaning has changed, however when we use the word we must realize what we are acutally saying, like someone said earlier we are the only people who do this to each other you don't see other races or groups saying "hay ****" and "hay my ****". On the other hand I do not blame us for our ignorance. It was a systematic process that started with slavery and we are still trying to free our minds from those shackles. But it's all good, with a little education, which we are all getting, we will be back on top in no time.
I was with you until you said you “don’t blame us for our ignorance”. I do! To use the word ignorance implies that black people are uninformed, uneducated or unaware. Perhaps this is the case with some people, but I believe the “scholars” on this site are fully cognizant of their actions. They know the original definition of the word as well as the social definition, yet they continue to include it in their vocabulary. They have supplied us with an ample amount of historical texture regarding this word. So ignorance is not the case here. Someone once said that ignorance was going to be the death of the community. I disagree. Ignorance is not going to be the death our community, complacency is. We have become complacent with our current state of being. It almost seems as if we embrace stupidity as oppose to rejecting it. Relatively speaking, we know our place in society as well as our flaws. The question is what are we going to do about it? Yes the word did stem from slavery, but that excuse is null and void. We are in a position where we have the power to make a difference, lets take advantage of it black people.
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replied on 05-05-2004 10:31PM [Reply]
we have some smart future bison, i wonder who will be the smartest, or is such a thing even possible?
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replied on 05-05-2004 10:37PM [Reply]
It really doesn't matter who the smartest is from who the dumbest is, rather it is whoever makes a difference. That is most important.
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