The nigga word.

The other day I was working out at the gym when I was momentarily distracted by the supreme awfulness of the song that was playing on the in-house music system. Most of what passes for modern music isn’t even fit to burn in a dumpster fire but this was particularly obnoxious. The song was called Freaky Friday and it was these specific lyrics which really annoyed me.

Ohh, I can sing so well
Wonder if I can say the n-word (wait for real?)
Wait, can I really say the n-word?
What up, my nigga? (woo) What up, my nigga?
Big ups, my nigga, we up, my nigga
You pussy ass nigga, man, fuck y’all niggas
‘Cause I’m that nigga, nigga, nigga, nigga
I’m that nigga

It turns out that it’s a black guy singing the song but supposedly in the video storyline it’s a white guy who has been magically teleported into the body of the black guy, which is why he revels in the fact that he can now say nigga.

That’s some really deep shit, man.

The point is that he is now allowed to use the word nigga because he’s now in a black guy’s body. I very much doubt that there was much introspection going on here. I mean, it’s hardly the case that the songwriters, (all 9 of them – seriously, it took 9 people to write this shit,) meant to make a deep statement about the racist irony implicit in the song.

The nigga word has bugged me for a very long time. First of all I very much dislike the fact that supposedly I am “not allowed” to say a word. Remember, I am a proponent of free speech and forbidding people to use a word is an incursion on free speech.

But it goes a step further into severe ludicrousness when it transpires that I am supposedly not allowed to say the word because of the color of my skin.

If you want a definition of something that is racist, then that is a prime exhibit.

Furthermore, black people are supposedly allowed to freely utilise the word to their hearts’ content. Even worse, the people with the black skin are the ones telling the people with the white skin that they’re not allowed to use the word because of their white skin color while the ones with the black skin color freely use the word. Not just freely; they rub it in our faces.

So when I heard this charming little ditty waft so graciously over the speakers in the gym, I was slightly perturbed, you might say. Annoyed even.

It reminded me of a small event that occurred in my life many years ago. A young Jewish guy that I knew told me the following joke:

What’s the difference between a pizza and a Jew?

The pizza doesn’t scream when you put it in the oven.

What really put me off was when the young Jewish guy saw the look on my face he said the following:

It’s okay, I’m allowed to say it because I’m Jewish.

You’re allowed to say it? You’re allowed. Please enlighten me, kind sir – just who is it that is doing the allowing?

A 17 year old little Jewish punk reckoned that he was allowed to say the joke because he was Jewish. I asked him what if I told the same joke. He replied that that would make me an anti-Semite.

The two of us went out that very might with some other people and I made a point to tell the joke to everyone at the same time. There was a hushed silence as they all stared between me and the Jewish kid. I let the silence linger for a bit and then I pointed at the kid and I said to the group that it was okay because he had told me that I was allowed to say it.

The principle is the same as the use of the nigga word. It is about power and control through racial humiliation. Every time that a black person uses the nigga word in front of whites it is done as a source of humiliation. People who use the word in this way are counting on the feelings of indignation that whites will naturally feel when placed in that situation. Even better when the black individual gets to see the whites stand there and quietly take it.

The use of the word in music and film takes this a major step further. Pay your money to watch this film where we use the word that you are not allowed to use because of your skin color. Even better if the guy in the film using it is a white guy as that takes the degradation one step further, (see if you can work it out).

So from now I am going to freely use this word, as well as every other word that I am supposedly ‘not allowed’ to use because I am white.

Fuck that shit, nigga.

 

 

10 thoughts on “The nigga word.

  1. earl

    ‘It’s okay, I’m allowed to say it because I’m Jewish.’

    It’s almost like the perpetually offended all want to dictate who is allowed to be offended by statements and who is not allowed.

    I honestly never got how one word or joke said by one type of person is a term of endearment or a joke and how that same word or joke said by another type of person is offensive. Either the word is degrading/offensive/insulting or can be said in causal company. I have listened to black men who point out the hypocrisy…they don’t want anyone saying it because it is insulting.

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  2. Simon Phoenix IV

    These black “musicians” calling people “niggas” isn’t about inclusiveness for black people, it’s about these people saying “you’re the consumer, I’m the producer, and I’m better than you because you’re stupid enough to buy this shit so you can jerk tyourself off to your hate.”

    Want some people to hate as a recovering racist?

    Try the music industry, also the film industry, they’re both full of scumbags.

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  3. bob sykes

    Actually, the bigger (bigga?) issue is, What ever happened to Black people? At one time, Blacks and Black culture produced a variety of interesting and inventive musical genres: blues, rhythm and blues, Gospel, jazz. Now they are reduced to grunting. How did they lose musical talent?

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  4. Dave

    Going back about 15 years ago now, my best friend and I did a university exchange program to North Carolina.

    I’ll always remember the first night there. Probably twenty guys on our dorm floor, and word quickly spread that a couple of characters from Australia had just moved in. We were having a great time entertaining and just generally taking the piss out of them all in good spirits.

    A good number of the guys were in fraternities. They explained that they called themselves ‘brothers’. I was sizing them up and picking out ones who I thought were ‘brothers’ and whether or not they were in the nerd or cool frats.

    We were all having a lot of fun until I said to the (only) two black guys “Well, you two are definitely brothers”. All of a sudden there was complete silence. My mate and I were grinning ear to ear still, but all around us everyone looked very uncomfortable. I said “What? I thought all black guys were brothers”?

    This comment caused an audible gasp. One of the black guys said “man, if you were not a aussie I would hit you right now”. Still with an amused face, I replied along the lines of that I guess all the years of American TV shows, music and movies etc referring to ‘brothers’ taught me nothing about African Americans.

    These tools literally took offence to an absolutely harmless remark, at a time of bonding when we were all making fun of each other (they giving it to us about all Australians having pet kangaroos and living in the bush, we pushing back with better than trailer parks like of lot of you southerns etc etc). All great fun. Except the two blacks.

    It was our first genuine interaction with them in the United States, and they were high IQ ones at that. It was obvious in an instant to me how deep the division was and always will be. A perennial chip on their shoulders.

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  5. Stric9

    Giving blacks way too much credit in the cognitive thinking department. No other group has adopted a racial slur as a friendly greeting. It has all the effectiveness of picking a scab and keeping the entire group sick. And for what? Revenge? Turn about? The end doesn’t justify the means here. Let them have the word.

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  6. Good post on the Overton window Adam. Many years ago on New Zealand we had a loveable comedian called Billy T James.
    He was Maori, and he pulled off Maori jokes like the >> Q What do you call a Maori with a Mercedes? A> A thief
    Yes weak I know now, but because of the pervasive social theme > Only a Maori was “”allowed”” to make Maori jokes which everyone else told at parties and at home.

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