posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 09:27 PM
I have been reading a lot of these posting and I finally realise that a lot of people do not understand the reason that so many people are offended by
the Don Imus comment of Nappy Headed Hoes. Many people seem to understand that the word ho is a short form of the word whore, and that whore is a
derogatory term used for woman, but people are failing to understand the significance of the word nappy, or the social impact it can potentially have
for black people, or people of color.
It's because he used the other N word. That's right he called them Nappy Headed Hoes. Nappy is a term generally used to refer to a specific texture
of hair. Black hair to be very specific. It's the corse kinda, sheep like texture of hair, that many black people are gifted with or cursed with,
depending on how you want to look at it.
The texture is often termed as nappy, or course, it's something that has defined black woman and men for generations. In times pasts, many growing
up even in today society have experiences with changing that texture of hair to suit the rest of society, hot combs, perms, relaxers, whatever. It's
been something that goes to the heart of who the black female, and to an extent black males are. Nappy headed is a very specific term that refers to
black people, I can think of no one else who uses it to describe themselves, or the texture of hair.
The term does not have to be a bad thing. Eg. If he had called them Nappy headed Queens, it would have been an ok term. However Nappy headed Hoes, not
the thing to say. People can talk to other people they know and say your hair is looking a little nappy today, but to go up to someone and go you hair
is all nappy, not the thing to do.
I think until more people understand the historic context of that word, they are missing the point as to why his comment caused so much offense,
especially cause he used it against what looks to be pretty young black females. I am not familiar with the basketball team, but they look kinda
So I think if people could many explain this a little bit more, maybe it could shed some light on why his term used in the context the way it was, was
so offensive. It seems to be pretty oldschool his understanding of the word, and his ability to use it in an offensive manner. I have seen many on
this board who think that he used the Ni**er word and he didn't, he used the other N word, which in some contexts can be just as offensive.
People can maybe brush off the Ni**er word, but nappy is a part of who you are, it's a texture of hair that most black people are born with, and
it's something that has defined many black females throughout the last century or so, more specifically how unnappy you could make your hair, or how
smooth you could make your hair. It's only in recent times that black people seem to have been taken back ownership of the hair texture and all the
pride that comes with this natural texture. I think until more people understand this, they can not understand why his comment was so offensive.
I reallly didn't want to start another Don Imus post, but I have read several and there seems to be a real lack of understanding about this word
Nappy and the context it can be used in. The word in itself is not a negative word, but it does or has traditionally refered or been used to refer to
black people, or people of color. The word can have good or bad connotations depending on how it's used.
I hope someone can maybe help clarify this a bit more.