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Nigga, Nigga, Nigga (By: @TheKabirReport)

P said that I should stop saying Nigga, but if I did what would be the differences? I’d still be a nigga, he’d still be a nigga in his feelings, I’d still be a nigga with no deal tryna get one“-Wale

I say the word often and I don’t have a problem being called one myself. I have a good friend who will give you a piece of her mind if you call her one, and I totally see her reasoning behind it. Black people have no legitimate excuse to continue to use the word, especially when refering to one another. Trying to discuss how we’ve changed the meaning of the word is grand, but it doesn’t take away from what it meant and what we sound like saying it to one another. The point that it means different things depending on the “er” or “a” at the end is a worthless argument that doesn’t need to be entertained.

Now, with that being said, white people still have no business saying the word, but I’m at the point where I don’t care to justify why or why not. If they have some need to use it then let them.  Black people need to stop worrying about what it is those in power are saying, and start worrying about what those in power are doing. We have to think about the fact that everyone knows racism exist, but we can’t find any racist… Who’s racist anymore?

The main point I’m making is that this magical word that holds so much weight, this word that can be used to greet your bestfriend or insult your worst enemy, this word that white people used to degrade us openly, that they now say in private while listening  to rap. This word is being put on a pedestal that it doesn’t deserve. I pose the question: If we stopped saying the word nigga today what would change?

Would our housing get better? Would our schools fund themselves? Would black men stop getting put in prison? Or murdered by cops and other black men? Would black women stop having abortions more than any other group? Would Nigerians stop bleaching their skin or burning their hair? No.

If I never said the word nigga again I would still be powerless in this system of White Supremacy. I think we must focus more on creating a more progressive, productive culture that can help our people gain power over themselves, and within that we will naturally stop saying the word. We can’t think that not saying “nigga” anymore is a legitimate starting point for any type of movement. Getting all black people to stop saying the word will not change our conditions my nigga.