Monday, November 27

The "N" Word


Aight, so I'm watching CNN and comedian Paul Moody claims he's going to stop using the "N" word after all of the controversy surrounding Michael Richards' well publicized tirade. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters says it's time to erase the "N" word from the vocabulary.

In theory it sounds great. The word is controversial, it's tied to this country's painful past, and there are two standards: on one hand it's cool if blacks use the word with each other, but if a white person says it... Watch out!

Comedians like Richard Pryor (RIP) and most recently Dave Chapelle have used the word as part of comic relief, and saying it is almost mandatory in rap music. So while the debate continues, think if you're ready to forgive Richards for his few minutes of madness.


At 6:49 PM, Blogger Exodus Mentality said...

You cannot really believe that Michael Richards outburst was just about a few moments of mental instability. It's also not about the N-word. We use that euphemism like we are literally afraid of the word. My only response to that is, "Nigga please" (see full Response at

I remember growing up, we were the first black people to move into our College Park neighborhood. There were some closet racists and some straight-up, card-carrying KKK racists and none of them were very happy about the new Negro neighbors. Even at 10 years old I had more respect for the outright and visible supremacist than I had for the undercover bigots. I had to fistfight some of the former, but the latter were smiling in my face and scheming behind my back. Is that what we want to do? Drive all the racists underground; because you know that you are not about to change anyone's perspective on race by removing one word from the dictionary.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger H. Lewis Smith said...


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At 10:17 PM, Anonymous ancientroots said...

well, as far as the black community is conscerned, we as a people have much more greater problems than being reffered to as niggahs/ggers and what not. The Blacks that get offended are the ones who don't know who they are and don't really know much about their true history, culture, language...etc.
As a people, we can dish out racist comments whether it be on stage or on the street but when it comes out from the other end and is directed towards us, we start fussing and ready to kill someone!
Are we that weak? C'mon, it's just a stupid word! Why must we continue to give that word and it's origins so much of our power and energy? We definitely have greater fish to fry like crack being brought into our neighborhoods specifically to contribute to our extinction, THE HOAX TRAP OF AIDS, ABORTION, AND THE GOVERNMENT BEING OUR BABIES DADDY!
So c'mon on yall, let's not stop focussing on b.s. and begin giving our real problems some attention!
I can appreciate this blog...most def!

from a Sistren Who's payin' Attention,


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