Thursday, February 27, 2014

N.I.G.G.A.

Fry Dat Chicken

As the resident BLACKSpert here at The Money Shot, I feel it is my duty to educate the great public that participates in this corner of the internet on the appropriate meaning, usage, and the history of the N-WORD, my niggas. I mean, if the NFL thinks they have a say on the usage of the word while having THE FUCKING REDSKINS in the nation’s capital, that basically makes me Malcolm X. Prepare to be educated.

My credentials:
  •          A black man was the best man in my wedding.
  •          I have been through customs and terrorized by the Canadian government for crossing the border in an SUV with 3 black friends.
  •          I am endearingly called “My nigga” by black kids on a daily basis. These same kids also angrily call me “Bitch ass nigga” and/or “Fuck-nigga” on a daily basis.
  •          90% of my clients are black.
  •          60% of my co-workers are black.
  •          But most importantly, I don’t mind Henny.

Here are my personal feelings on the word. I don’t like it. I don’t like when white people use it. I don’t like when brown people use it. I don’t like when black people use it. I don’t like the NIGGA, NIGGAR, or NIGGER variety. Does that make me an Uncle Jerome for attempting to feel this way about black people using the word? Maybe. But I will openly tell black people that I am friendly with that I can’t take anything they say seriously because all I hear is ignorance and hypocrisy when that word comes out of their mouth. I have told all my black friends to drop that word from their vocabulary repeatedly. A lot of interesting discussions have come out of this, but in the end I am called a slave owner every time.

There is nothing more in this world that I hate than white, teenage wannabe gangsters using the word like they just found a golden ticket and just can’t stop showing everyone. I want to murder them with the passion and fury of 10 Kunta Kinte’s. And I mostly hate it because it is the whitest kids in the world who use it to hide the fact that they are the honkiest of the honkey. YOU’RE FROM A CITY IN WEST VIRGINIA WITH LESS THAN 500 PEOPLE AND 497 OF THEM ARE YOUR COUSINS, SHUT YOUR DIRTY HILLBILLY CUM DUMPSTER. The white kid from private school might be even better. That is the bane of my white guilt.

Now, I should probably address the entire special presentation that ESPN gave this word. But I didn’t watch it, because I don’t enjoy watching a bunch of self-righteous race-baiters grandstanding on a national broadcast about the smell of their farts. I agree with a lot of what they say, but the way they present it is just flamebait for a race war. I fully agree that racism is alive and well, and I am well aware of the institutional racism(examples here, here, and here) in place that work against black people. But clowns like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the worst, so I guess ESPN is what we get.

As far as the ESPN panel, I don’t know exactly who was on it, but I imagine it was Wilbon, Whitlock, Cris Carter, Bomani Jones(who I like), Emmitt Smiff, and some poor white guy who just sat there and apologized. I do know Whitlock is squarely against using the N-WORD, and I find myself agreeing with him a lot lately in regards to his thoughts on race, but he is also the same guy who called this generation of black youth the “Black KKK”…which is like the pot calling the kettle white? Wilbon, who somehow thinks him using the word magically changes the meaning, thinks that white people should have absolutely no opinion on the usage of this word, even though white people created and copyrighted the word. This probably creates a real conundrum at the ESPN war room when Rovell wants to talk about how much money could be generated by properly branding the N-WORD. The last people that the black community, and even the white community, needs to be listening to about the N-WORD is these clowns.

And the richest part of this entire issue, the NFL telling athletes that they can’t say the N-WORD on the field. The whitest, richest, and possibly most powerful sports organization on the planet dictating what racial slurs are and are not acceptable is the most LULZ of all. Would it be a penalty if Tony Gonzalez were called a wetback? Would it be a penalty if Hines Ward were called a zip? How about if Tom Brady were called a honkey? Now I know that the NFL will be hiding behind the rule they have in place for all profanity, but how many times have we seen Jim Harbaugh drop fuck bombs up and down the field while chasing a referee and never get flagged? Unless Jimmy Brah was actually saying “I WILL TRUCK YOU IN YOUR BRASS, YOU MAGGOT”, I find the idea of the NFL targeting players, specifically black players, for using the N-WORD extremely hypocritical. But this is the same NFL who sells millions worth of pink memorabilia under the guise of curing cancer, when less than 10 percent of that money actually goes to cancer research. Oh, and they claim tax-exempt status while generating over $9 BILLION per year. Maybe hypocrisy is exactly what we should expect.

In conclusion, it’s 2014 and the word really has no place in our current vocabulary. No matter your color, you sound like a moron when the word comes out of your mouth. But an organization like the NFL is certainly not the group we need stepping up to be the moral police, nor do we need the Black Stooges shucking and jiving their way to the front of the line. Use the N-WORD or not, but the origins of it cannot be simply ignored, forgotten, or dismissed.

DMX FOR PRESIDENT!

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the word in all its contexts.

Ide

Grumpy said...

Brilliant post. This should be required reading for every American.

Randall Stevens said...

This felt like a college paper you wrote at one of the blackest universities in the country.

I work in a city with a very large black population. And I see a lot of black people on a daily basis. That word is thrown around a lot in my business. Whatever. If you're black and want to use it then use it. It's my opinion you're just making yourself look stupid and feeding into a stereotype you've been trying to destroy since forever.

The thing that slays me the most is the white kid from the rich, white city down the road who's probably sitting on some sort of million dollar trust fund who walks in looking like Jamie Kennedy from Malibu's Most Wanted and talking like a guy doing life on. Locked Up. I'm sure the "streets" you come from are vicious and rough, son. They're paved with rolexes, BMWs, retirement funds and loads of opportunity. Stop acting like a dildo and take advantage of all the connections your parents have made for you instead of pretending you grew up in an area with heavy gang conflict where your options were gangs or the grave.

Mr. Ace said...

Well, I did do my undergrad at Toledo.

GMoney said...

I was going to write about this tomorrow. Oh well. N*ggas be stealing all of my content!

I was watching PTI the other day and Wilbon said the N-word which was bleeped. You know, I turn on ESPN for all the hot taeks. I don't need to hear black guys being racist, you know? Wilbon even admitted that he hates the word but still uses it with his friends...(head explodes)...

Look, black people, if you want the word to go away than stop using it all and especially stop saying THAT IS OUR WORD. How about that is no one's word?

But think of the real victim here: Riley Cooper. What is he supposed to call his QB now?

GMoney said...

By the way, my version of this post would have been much funnier and a lot less naughty by nature.

Definitely well written and dare I say "informative", BRAH, but I'm still going to whip you hard next weekend.

Jeff said...

"even though white people created and copyrighted the word"

Where are our fuckin royalties?



Jeff said...

oh and,

Carry the Flag, niggazzzzzzz!

GMoney said...

Jeff, I think you meant "where are our reparations".

CARRY THE FLAG INDEED BRAH!

Grumpy said...

I saw that PTI segment where Wilbon said he and his friends use the word all the time and that it's OK. Dumbest thing he's ever said.

Anonymous said...

I actually agree with Suge Knight. He embraces the word and thinks its disrespectful to be referred to as an African American because he's not African. And you know what? He is right!

What happens if a white guy (me) comes up to a black guy and n-bombs him, and he replies with, "so"? Well, fuck, he took away my sweet burn. It's really that simple. Embrace the word, and it goes away as taboo.

Self depreciation or acknowledgement takes away all offense that was intended. My mom always told me to laugh and agree anytime someone made fun of me growing up. I chose to do that and make fun of them more, but when you laugh off what someone says to you, it really takes away the impact that they intended. (If you're me, it makes them really pissed off, because you can insult them way better. However, if you were me, then you would have went to school a year early and been subjected to a massive size disadvantage. womp womp)

Call a Jew a Jew, it can go either way. Use it in one context, Grump comes out guns a blazing, use it in another (this bagel is made by a Jew, so you know its great), and it's embraced (this happens ALL THE TIME here). Jew is not a slang word, yet if you use it in a certain context it becomes derogatory. And they had it way worse (and a lot more recent), than black people did, so GIVE IT A REST.

At the end of the day, that word is NEVER going away. Ever. They won't stop using it, and white people won't stop using it to piss them off, especially in the South. So you can drag the offensiveness out a couple hundred more years, OR, you can embrace it, completely nullifying its offensiveness.

Trying to whitewash an entire people is fucking stupid.

Ide

GMoney said...

If you want to see an old Jewish man squirm, watch Wilbon drop and N-Bomb on TV and then look at Tony. LOLZ!

GMoney said...

Ide, have you seen 42? That Jackie Robinson movie? You really should. Steve The Pirate plays the really racist manager of the Phillies and walks out on to the field when Jackie bats to scream hilarious hate at him. AND NO ONE STOPS HIM. He should win an Oscar for funniest person ever.

Prime99 said...

That lead GIF is pretty damn funny.

I'm pretty sure this was a white man trick, but the commercialization of the n-word in hip hop is probably the most appealing use of the word for white and black youth. That's were people want to sing a long, then think it is cool, then try using it themselves, and enjoy a powerful taboo word.

I don't hear it often here because I don't sit court side at many Kings games.

Mr. Ace said...

Ide, I don't have an issue with your HOT TAEK, but your answer isn't much different than mine, "Have every black person do the same thing regarding this word." In reality neither is reasonable to expect, but both would solve much of the problem.

And I agree with the African-American point, but don't think adopting a term born out of subhuman standing is in any way a valid response. Is there any other minority group who has adopted this mindset? Like anywhere in the world? I honestly don't know for sure, but I have never come across another example.

Anonymous said...

True, but what is more likely to happen? Erasing the word or embracing it? The older generation still holds on to it for good reason, but our generation hasn't really experienced it.

I did see 42, and that scene was the greatest. I prefer happier black movies like 12 Years a Slave.

Ide

Anonymous said...

Good post....and I actually think Ide makes some good points.

I like how somehow Chris Bosh has one of the best HOT TAKES when he said he htough it was dumb to limit it just to nigga...thought all slurs should be outlawed.

I'm impressed that Ape had a black best man. Were you a wigger?

--Drew

Anonymous said...

What the fuck is this trash? Slurs are MOTIVATORS. I used to call Warren Sapp "Old Blue Gums" at practice and randomly burn crosses in his yard at all hours of the night and he ended up in the Hall of Fame. If you ask me, and I've watched enough tape to prove this theory correct, black men only respond positively when you degrade them.

--Racist Gruden

GMoney said...

Ironically, Ape the Iggles fan writes this post on the day that Riley Cooper signs an extension and gets 25 million. Hypocrisy!

GMoney said...

Fry That Chicken is the official theme song of the LFL/DFL. Never forget. One of these days, Ms. Peachez is going to show up at the draft.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Audie Murphy would have to say about all of this.

Ide

GMoney said...

Speaking of black athletes, Cliff "Uncle Cliffy" Robinson debuted on this season of Survivor last night and was every bit of ELITE as I thought that he would be. Everyone loves him, he tipped over a boat, CAN SWIM WELL, and hilariously towers over all. I want him to win so badly.

Mr. Ace said...

I had an impressive wardrobe of fubu, pelle pelle, karl kani, and ecko growing up. Okay, that's not true. I was not a wigger.

Cris Carter is still the worst. Something we can all agree on.

Randall Stevens said...

I imagine Ace mirrors his teaching style after Hilary Swank from Freedom Writers. Or like Sean Connery from Finding Forrester. "You da man now, dog!"

Cakes said...

Say it if you want. I don't give a shit. Black people are weird.

I really enjoy when racist Gruden shows up.

Mr. Ace said...

I had a real interesting conversation today about the word THOT. It means That Ho Over There. Kids say it all the time and the staff n the building have no idea. This same kid had to be removed from his bus by the cops yesterday.

GMoney said...

That kid sounds as dumb as Big Strut when he "calls 'em reggins".

YOU DA MAN NOW, DOG--best line ever

Mr. Ace said...

I better get some Fritz Pollard award for this.

GMoney said...

Just asked Money Shot Man of the Year if he was ready to Carry The Flag tonight. Waiting on reply (in between pipe rips and oral sex).