I saw this video this week that really affected me. I felt like I had been kicked in the chest while watching it. It’s this video of a Black teen arguing with a white teacher about…you guessed it…the N word.
Black student confronts teacher who insists he can use the word “nigger”, because it has became “a commoditized word.” pic.twitter.com/isD3tN5q4y
— Traynesha Cole 🌐 (@TrayneshaCole) May 6, 2017
I’m going to get straight into it.
If you are a teacher, of any skin color, at no time during your life on this Earth should you cause a student, to have a such strong reaction like this Black student did. If this was at my High School, my ghetto ass failing grade High School, he would have had that desk thrown at his racist ass like YEET!
Second, the word is not commoditized, or diminished in any way, because every time I boot up Call of Duty, some ugly white kid in the suburbs calls me a nigger for no-scoping his dumbass. Do you think he was trying to give me props for my skills? “Oh uh you’re such a fucking nigger (pro), go be a nigger (pro) somewhere else.” No. The word still holds it’s terrible meaning.
Third, just because us Blacks say a variation of the word, doesn’t not mean you can either. Every time a Black person says nigga to another Black person, it carries more social significance than just “hey bro.” It carries a recognition of both of our positions in this world, and an appreciation for each other’s nonjudgmental presence and camaraderie. When a white person…no, when a non-Black person says nigga it erases that positive narrative, and then you are left with a word with no context that hints back to darker times in our history.
“I said that I’ma ride for my motherfuckin’ niggas
Most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I’ve been grindin outside all day with my niggas
And I ain’t goin’ in unless I’m with my niggas
My nigga, my nigga
My nigga, my nigga (My muthafucking niggas!)
My nigga, my nigga (My nigga, my nigga)
My nigga, my nigga”
You think YG is shouting out Lance from HR in his song called “My Nigga?” Is he going to “ride” for Lance? Does Lance have a “Glock on the block” incase YG need to run up on a mother? NO. Because they are a part of different cultures and have different perspectives on everything almost fundamentally.
Lastly, no non-Black person should want to say the word. Get creative, find a word that’s as catchy to Black people as the word nigga, and use it in an uplifting way that we do, and go tf ahead and claim it. I barely want to say the word myself, so you should have no desire to. And this ties into my case for HBCUs. In an HBCU you would never encounter a situation like this, where a white teacher is imposing his white ignorance on a vulnerable Black student. Seriously, that teacher was feening to use the word. Why? He doesn’t seem like the type of dude to say “my nigga,” I mean it sounds bad whenever he says it, so what else would he say?
Continuing the case for HBCUs, what better way to repair the damage the white oppression has wrought upon Black communities and Black people, than to repair it ourselves. I mean, white people are always blaming shit on us so, let’s through it right back at them and forge networks in our own right, and when a white person waltzes into the office with daddy’s thousand dollar watch, show them the hundred dollar door.
I’m throwing a lot of heat here but I don’t hate white people I swear! I just hate racist, and if anything I said offended a white person, then they probably are racist.