Racial Slurs

The Word Nigger…Darious Hart

The word, “nigga” has always been that word, no one can quite understand it’s meaning. The words ultimate meaning really depends on who says it. A good friend of mine, Hakeem Monday, broke it down well, and I’m going to use his words to help break this word down. Whether you agree with it or not, is on you, but this is the way I see it.

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If a black man says the word nigga to a black man it’s acceptable. In this case nigga means, my brother, my friend, homie, etc.. In this case it’s used as a word that bonds black men together. When black men are using it to other black men, it’s not looked at as negative, because most of the times it establishes a bond between people.

But, this is where it get’s tricky. Now we hear the counter argument, “Well how can you get mad, when y’all call each other it all the time?” The same way women get mad when a man calls them the “B” word, versus when their best friend says it. The meaning changes depending on who’s saying it.

A black man calling me a nigga, is not the same as a white person calling me a nigga. If a white person says the word nigga, majority of the time their intent is to offend you, and they have their inner racist coming out to the world, and it’s ready to set sail. The argument of, “Well you let them call you it.”, is dead. It’s not the same and will never be the same.

Now if your elder’s says nigga, majority of the time it’s used as, “I’m your elder and you will respect my name.” There’s a 200 percent chance you should listen.

The meaning will constantly change depending on who says it. We even allow our latin brothers and sisters use it. However, the way our society is set up, these are the only people allowed to use the word. Unfortunately, white people are not in this category.

When white people use the word, “nigga or nigger” their intent is to offend you. Even when they say it in a, “joking” manner, they still find a way to justify it. I’ve noticed that most white people use it when they’re really angry. This is the first word that comes to their mind. Out of all the words, and names they could call you they jump to the N word. When they have violent emotions towards a black person, or a person of any color, that’s their go to word.

Growing up I’ve noticed that a lot of white people will use the word around me, and then look at me, to see if they had my approval. I just disengage from them completely. I use to hold my emotions in because I didn’t want to hurt someone. I didn’t want to give them the satisfaction of seeing me act like the nigga they thought I was.

When they use the word nigga it’s like they see you as a monster. When George Stinney Jr. was accused for a murder he didn’t do, they said, “The nigga boy was the last one to see him alive.” They didn’t even see him as a boy, he was a “nigga boy”. They don’t realize why we get so pissed when they use the word. They will never feel that spark we get in our hearts when that word leaves their lips.

Our natural instincts take us so far back that that two syllable word makes us want to fight. We can’t help it, because fight is in our blood. We can’t erase all the years where we had to go through the, “Negro” entrance, or had to drink the, “Negro” fountain. We can’t not be upset when we hear that word come out of a white person’s mouth. No matter if you drop the ar, or just keep the a, the word should never come from a white person.

I don’t think you can put a true definition on what the word means. I can only tell you how I feel when I hear it said to me. We hear it in music, television, and all over. Instead of looking at what’s wrong with the word, maybe we should look at why we use the word so much. The ultimate definition, is, “Whatever a “nigga” wants it to mean.”

About Darious-

  As a 23 year old author and screenwriter, Darious Hart focuses on writing anything that comes to his mind. With many different styles that he can operate from, he focuses more on supernatural, dark literature. Currently living in Newark, NJ, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he has found a stronger love for writing as he notices that his everyday interactions with new people from across the nation inspire him with new ideas every day. Darious looks forward to pursuing a career in being one of the world’s most prolific writers, and seeing his films on the big screen one day. He wants to inspire people from all around to pursue their dreams and follow them despite anyone who tells you that you can’t, and believe in yourself even when no one else will.  
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