DEAR PIERS MORGAN, you can’t say Nigga or Nigger.

by • 31 October, 2017 • Word on the StreetComments (0)648

Seeing members of the Alpha Phi Sorority at University of New Hampshire singing about “broke niggas” had people all in their feelings. Black folks lit up the internet with everything from ambivalence to disgust over the sight of white girls singing along with the Kanye West hit “Gold Digger.” In response Piers wrote a passionate column to inform black people that if you’re “Angry about white girls singing n***as? Be furious at Kanye.

OF COURSE, blame the rappers. They wrote the lyrics. They created this problem right?

Also according to his column white people are confused because black people are still debating whether or not we (as a people) are offended by or have reclaim the word. He says these sorority girls getting in trouble for using a word (so prevalent in rap music) is “utter nonsense.”

First and foremost Piers, have several seats. Second, with all due disrespect stop telling black when and at whom to be angry. I don’t care how many rap songs the word is in. I don’t care if your black girl/boy friend “lets” you say it. Nigger has racist roots and you can’t use it because you can’t erase history. So don’t say it.

Why is that hard to understand? Why in the plethora of words in the dictionary, is Nigga the word you must have the right to say?

It’s because you and these white sorority girls are suffering from the same affiliation, it’s called white privilege. It also comes with an allergic reaction to the word NO. Hearing NO (or variations, like “you can’t” or “please don’t”), leaves many white’s feeling uncomfortable, or confused. In serious cases like Mr. Morgan’s whites become enraged, resorting to asinine arguments like ‘if black people use it, why can’t I.

Through the lens of privilege it is easy to see these white kids as “young, free and partying,” and singing about broke niggas “like any other very popular rap song. So they sang along to it, and that meant they subconsciously sang the word ‘niggas’ too. So what?” says Mr. Morgan.

Meanwhile, a group of black kids playing hip hop too loud at a gas station could cost them their lives, because being perceived as a “broke nigga” can still get you killed in these United States.

Consciously some white people still think you have to go to a KKK rally to be a racist. You don’t. If you are white and subconsciously use the N word or feel you have the right to… YOU are racist.

Piers illustrates his frustration with niggas, by giving a list of white people who’ve been called out for using the word, and others who were singing along with rap lyrics. As though nigger just appeared with hip hop, like niggas only exists is rap. What’s missing here is context. Not that Peirs doesn’t know the history but because it’s messy and inconvenient.

White people brought the word nigga/ nigger (and all its variations) in to American English lexicon. It came with a whip and the idea that black people are inferior beings, who needed to be raped, enslaved and murdered into submission. In those days White people could dictate who was and was not a nigger. They could even punish a nigger if that nigga got to upity and had the nerve to get mad about being called a nigger. Maybe subconsciously Peirs longstanding have that kind of power. In reality though, you can get kicked off campus for this kind of cultural insensitivity.

Even in the days of the confederacy, some white folks decided not to use the word because they did not want to be confused with racist white folks. Today most white folks don’t say it because they actually see black folks as equal. Some just refrain (in public) because they find it easier to keep up the appearance that they have no problem with race.

I willing to discuss weather black folks should use the N word or not, just not with white people. It’s not a conversation white folks get to have with me. It’s not a word white folks get to use around me. Because slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, Prison Industrial Complex, Charleston, Charlottesville etc, etc. The reasons why some black people – who still experience institutional racism in America – are comfortable referring to each other as “nigga” can be debated. The white supremacist origins however, are a fact that will NEVER change. So when Mr. Morgan asks “is the word ‘nigga’ racist anyway?”

The answer is yes, you racist fuck, nigga is STILL a racist term.

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