Racial Slurs

The Word Nigger…Leena Terese

Nigger……it’s never been a word that I have been too fond of. As a little girl I remember hating movies about slavery. As a matter of fact I still hate to watch them. I remember cringing every time I heard that word. It wasn’t just the word, it was the pure hatred that was behind the word when it was said. It taught me at a  young age that the word nigger was meant to degrade people who look just like me.

 

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Our ancestors heard this word so many times they probably thought it was their name. Nigger you can’t eat here. Nigga you can’t use that drinking fountain. Nigger you can’t come to our schools. Nigga, nigga, nigga. Could you imagine being spit on and being called Nigger? Can you picture being beaten and being called nigger over and over? It doesn’t sound so endearing now does it?

As I grew up, I realized that the word was not just used to spread hate, but it was being used by us. People that look like me are walking around calling each other nigger. I don’t see this word in any way, shape, or form, as a term of endearment.Out of all the words in the English dictionary, is this the only thing we could come up with? As creative as we are….this is the best we could do? I know that we are better than this. This word has become as mentioned in the topic, a bad habit that we have not been able to break. Nigger has been passed down from generation to generation. We can’t let go because we don’t know how to.

I hope that one day we as a race of beautiful people, can learn to let go of a word that is so hateful. Whether nigga or nigger, the origin is still the same. I think we owe it to our fellow brothers and sisters to use words that lift us up, and not keep us in shackles.

 Leena Terese

Leena is a Midwestern girl that believes in being  and speaking positivity in her life. She enjoys writing, being a mommy, and most of all being a child of God and a black queen.

 

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