The Nigg”ER” or “A” Debate

By on March 3, 2007 @ 9:40 am

When did it become the in thing to start calling each other Nigger – n*gga or any other interpretation of the word? Yo my n*gga? Holla back n*gga. When did this word become as common as hello or goodbye? Does this mean that as a society we have lost all of our sense of self? I’m convinced of it. Blackness is beauty, creative and truly a miracle knowing that over the centuries of our existence in the Western Hemisphere, somebody has been trying to erase our very existence – our civilizations, our humanity – now we are taking up the torch to destroy the very thing that has helped us stand the test of time – our soul.

They say Nigger sounds like this: “Pick that cotton NIGGER.” “Any last words NIGGER?”

My thing is “er or “a,” it’s all the same thing. When a southern person was saying it, it was NIGGER. When Jay-Z says it, it’s NIGGA, so someone explain the difference to me? Is it because one is white and the other black? A NIGGER, is a NIGGA is a NIGGAH – all this proves is that we can’t spell. It’s like a homophone – sounds the same, but spelled differently (or is that homonym?) How many different ways can we spit in our grandparents eyes – our parents eyes – disrespect ourselves and each other?

I can be woman enough to say that I too am a hypocrite – I have said n*gga as a greeting to someone that I love – even with all the knowledge that I carry. The difference is, I was called on it. My elder, my mother, called me on it. She asked me why I was spitting on her; at the same time I had no clue what she meant, then she explained – “Every time you greet someone like that, you are spitting on them like they weren’t even human – saying that the respect and love I taught you meant nothing. Is that really true?” I was speechless. There is no feeling lower than mama’s shame.

N*gga sounds like this: “We need to find us a NIGGA to hang!” “So, you’re an uppity NIGGA?”

Is there really any difference?

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