posted on Aug, 21 2010 @ 05:06 PM
reply to post by intrepid
Well lets not make this so simple, because it is not. I agree with the OP, that the word carries too much weight and shouldn't be used. I agree that
Black people should have enough self respect not to call each other it just as a common reference. That, in my eyes, is more sad than anything. But
for a White male to propagate that Blacks should not use that word, seems ignorant at best. Whites should enforce their own community not to say that
word, and not worry about how Blacks use it. That word was created by Whites as a derogatory slang for the word Negroid, and is attributed with
lynching, KKK, slaves, social exclusion... so how does it sound to now have White people telling them not to use it after hundreds of years of
engraining it into their culture and minds. Sounds ridiculous to me.
Right now many minority groups use that word, and what that shows more than anything, is how the White race has secluded itself with this false sense
of superiority for the passed thousand or more years, and how all other races are seeing a commonality between each other of being oppressed by us.
Yes it is ignorant of them. But again, the best thing the White race can do, is not try and police Blacks from using that word, but police their own
White community not to use that word. Soon there will be another Black social movement like we seen in the 60's and they will police themselves, and
rise above this level of ignorance.
BTW, I am a White male who grew up inside of Black culture and almost all my friends are Black, and I now work in the oldest Black social organization
in America working to help them and their community become empowered. One thing I have noticed that will mend Black/White relations, more than
anything, is not what the White community can do for the Black community, but what the White community can do for the White community. That means
being honest with themselves about history and understanding of how the Black community got to this point.