Not Your Nigga

Hellooo,

It’s me again, and If I hear a white kid say the n-word in front of me one more time, I will not hesitate to articulately, effectively and eloquently kick the living shit out of them with my words. This is not a threat. It’s a promise.

I guess you guys don’t get it by now, so I’ll try again to explain what I’m sure has inherently already been nonverbally demonstrated to you by society. What don’t you get? If you aren’t a person of color the n-word is not for you. Why should you already know? Well, if it’s a word you aren’t allowed to say in english class, you most likely shouldn’t be saying it period.  If you wouldn’t say it to the black kids at school, whom half of you have probably never spoken to, you shouldn’t be saying it at all. If you can count all the black people you know on one hand, and I’m one of them, you really shouldn’t be saying it. And you should broaden your horizons, talk to some black people- for the love of god your president is black. Come on.

You don’t get to say it. You don’t get to use it as a term of “endearment.” You don’t ever get to use it, no, not even when you’re rapping along to your favorite song. There’s a reason it’s bleeped out on the radio. Take the hint and remove it from your vocabulary.

You may be wondering why you aren’t allowed to call your homies ya niggas. Like, how unfair is that? It’s like systematic oppression or something, right? Speaking of systematic oppression, allow me to briefly remind you of the systematically ingrained bias and persecution which people of color have been suffering from for the past 300 or so years and continue to suffer from to this day. That’s oppression. And that’s also why you don’t get to use it.

It does not belong to you. It is something which at one point in time, was the nastiest, most vile thing a person could be called. It meant sub-human. It meant, “you have no power.” It meant, “I own you.” And now, the black community has taken that word and changed it to be a common term, something they refer to one another as so that it can no longer be used against them. They have claimed it as their own. And when you use it, with your little caucasian mouth, you blatantly disregard the history and the meaning behind the word. You disregard the struggle, and the sacrifice. You sound like, for lack of a better term, an asshole. Which we all know you aren’t. No, you’re just misguided. Which is exactly why I’m doing you a favor and explaining why you should never ever use that word.

Listen, I get it. You wanna be cool and you probably think that you should be able to say whatever you want. But unfortunately for you, you can’t. That’s not how it works. Sure, maybe you can get away with dropping the n-bomb around your friends. Even around the black one, they’ll probably just laugh and feel terribly uncomfortable. Mostly because they’re the minority in the situation (In Princeton? Astonishing, I know.) and they don’t feel comfortable enough to tell you to shut your racist little mouth. Trust me I know, I’ve been in that situation more times than I can count. But here’s me telling you, for all the times that no one could or would, to shut your racist little mouth. Shut it tight.

One of these days, you’re gonna say it at the wrong time, in the wrong place around people who aren’t afraid to speak up. You’re going to say it and you’re gonna get your ass kicked. I’m only trying to prevent that from happening, so read closely.

You can’t say it, ever. Not while singing, not while joking, not after your black friend tells you that he/she gives you permission (If they do, they’re an Uncle Tom and have lost their privilege to say it along with Stacy Dash and Raven Simone). You must take the time to say “the n-word.” You may reference it, but you may never say it. You already have enough privilege as it is, you don’t get anymore.

If you must say it, then say it with the hard R. Might as well, why hold back on showing the world what a racist little thing you are? If you’ve just gotta say it, say it to a black kid, right to their face. Take it all the way. If you can’t help but say it, just know that I’m not your buddy, I’m not your pal and I’m sure as hell not your nigga. Nope, not your nigga at all.

Until next time,

– Jamaica☆

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Not Your Nigga

  1. Hey Jamaica! Just wanted to say, this is a wonderful article and one I’m going to read a few more times so I can quote it if need be. I’m wondering though, what do you think about the use of the word in context of studying linguistics? One of the most interesting pieces of language is where the hateful words come from, is this somewhere you think non-use of it by white people is still important? I haven’t (obviously) been able to come to a conclusion, it’s not my choice.
    Interested to hear your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Gus! I’m glad that you enjoyed this one, thank you for reading. In terms of the word being used for study, I think it’s necessary. It’s so important that we understand our history to better understand the conditions of the present. I would not consider the word’s use for linguistics studies to be equivalent to the way in which it is so commonly used by teenagers today. Anyone can study it, but not anyone can say it. I hop that answered your question.

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      1. It definitely does, thanks so much. I’ve been reading the other articles here and they are really wonderful, especially “Say It” and “Don’t be THAT Friend”. excited for the next article!

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