I’m Not Yo “Nigga”

It has become popular among non-Blacks to question and even be mad about the fact that they cannot freely use the N-word. These folks are actually feeling self-righteous anger about being blocked from saying nigger. But wait, you wouldn’t be saying nigger in the negative way; you’ll be saying it the “cool” way – “nigga”, just like Black people. In the same way you use it amongst your friends or when singing along to your favorite hip-hop song. It’s casual, non-offensive use and you’re not a racist (you have Black friends) so what’s the big deal? Black people do it all the time so why can’t you?  

Oh brother. Well, the first part of my answer SHOULD go without saying – but I’ll say it anyway in case you’re thinking Black people are of one mind.

 A lot of Black people do NOT EVER use the word (in any variation), are extremely offended by it and are none too pleased with the fact that “nigger” (or nigga if you prefer) has become a part of common parlance. And you do know the history of the word (see nigger and book Nigger)? So, why would YOU want to say it? Is it due to a sense of entitlement (you shouldn’t be deprived of anything)?  It’s strange that you think it’s cool to say it but know it’s definitely not cool to BE it. Lucky that you can use the slang without ever having the experience (here’s a hip-hop explanation of how that might feel). 

Anyway, I say go ahead and use the word if you want. Your friends will think you’re daring and cool for using  a taboo word enveloped in so much negative history. As for the other people who hear you, well, one possibility is that they might want to (and actually will) administer a beat down of epic proportions (i.e. you might get hurt). That my friend is the risk you take. Not to mention the many people you’ll offend who will suffer your foolishness in silence. And why, just so you can say nigga? 

Listen, I am all for freedom of speech so if you insist on using the word remember that no matter how you say it, the N-word has nothing positive to do with you. You’ll want to be very careful and not get overly comfortable (John Mayer-like) with it. And if you see YourBlackfriend on the street, I don’t respond to nigger or nigga so you can save your misguided shout- out…holla.

5 Responses to “I’m Not Yo “Nigga””

  • Yeri:

    Nashieqa, I totally agree. I grew up in Washington Heights, a predominantly Latin American community and I heard the n-word non-stop from my peers. I have never had any desire to use the word and never understood why such a violent word became to be used to nonchalantly in the first place. My younger brothers use the N-word in every other sentence. I have asked them about it and their response is “it’s the culture.” It has become so much part of the young community that it practically loses meaning and it saddens me that so many young people are so careless to let that happen.

  • mono:

    I bet you are a fucking nigga

  • Elaine:

    First of all, I want to say that I love your website. I actually googled the term “Your black friend,” because I had the exact same idea of starting a blog with this name. But I’m happy to see that you are doing a great job here on this site, and discussing many of the same topics I had in mind. With that said, I’ve always been amazed at how angry some white people have gotten about not being able to use the “N” word. I’ve concluded that it’s %100 about a sense of entitlement… especially in regards to black people. The idea that a black person can say something that they cannot, drives them crazy. I don’t even say “Nigga,” but I won’t lie and say that there haven’t been times when I chuckle at the frustration some white people ensue when denied this most ridiculous right.

  • Nashieqa:

    I just might be but “I ain’t yo nigga”.

  • Nashieqa:

    Anonymous I think you missed the point and more importantly I think you don’t know the difference between bigot and racist. Some reading for you: http://www.lipmagazine.org/~timwise/honkywannacracker.html

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