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In ancient Egypt there were no vowels; Negro was represented as N-G-R and pronounced en-jer, which is auditory for GOD. Therefore N-G-R: NEGRO translates to Devine Being or God. Moving forward to 735 BC Rome where the language of Latin came into use; Nigrum or Negro (pronounced neg-ro) meaning the color black originated as a neutral term referring to people with black skin.
Skipping forward many centuries to the 1500’s and progressing through the mid 1800’s, the Atlantic Slave Trade transported over 10 million African’s; nearly 15% of slaves were captured in the River Niger Delta Region in West Africa and delivered to the coast to be sold at European trading ports. It is believed these slaves were called Niger’s (pronounced Ni-gir) to differentiate them from other regions such as the Congo, Angola or Cameroon.
Word alterations in the US and the negative connotations they elicit as a description of a “negro or “N,” with no value attached to the word itself. During the period of subjugation the words “N” or “Black” was situated in front of a first name to distinguish a slave from a White person with the same first name establishing the pigment demarcation line, thus becoming an intentional derogatory term to belittle and degrade.
I believe the racial formation and derogatory use of the “N” word is not much different than plantation owners feeding slaves as cheaply as possible with poor quality leftover waste foods and scraps as a means of a complex social, economic and political system to control and punish. African slaves were extremely creative with their provisions which evolved into the distinct cuisine, Soul Food; the correlation and racial project being, by using the “N” word by Blacks in today’s culture; it is now elevated to a level of sophistication, thereby negating the disparaging intent.
Nigga vs Nigger is a representation of homophones with the “N” word defining peoples’ who are economically, politically, socially enslaved and dominated under the rule of oppression by the use of racial formation, or as Voltaire claimed “The negro race is a species of men different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds”. While the word “nigga” is a phrase used in the Black community to define brotherhood, friendship, affections and at times even animosity, it’s the latter of the two which many Black’s chose to use as a term of endearment.
One can’t pretend there isn’t a double standard; Blacks can say the “N” word without social consequence however when Whites use the “N” word it’s denoted as racial prejudice. The Gangsta Rap culture with popular songs such as Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Style” Tupac’s “I’d Ratha Be Ya N.I.G.G.A”, Ice Cube’s “My Summer Vacation” and a myriad of other crowd-pleasing music genre have caused Whites, who are statistically the largest consumers of hip hop to feel justification to convert the “N” Word in lyrics to lifestyle linguistics without ever contemplating historical detriment or connection to deprivation, segregation, discrimination etc.
Thug is the new “N” word is repulsive and offensive yet it’s becoming an acceptable racial slur to describe Black men, especially young Black men. It’s alarming when Black youth are considered gangsters because of their apparel. The connotation, despite denotations are detrimental from both a mental standpoint and a safety point of view as exhibited by the monumental number of unarmed young Black men killed as a result of racial and Ethnic Profiling.
Please be assured this is absolutely not about promoting hate or the blaming of White’s. Also understand the difference between Indigenous White and Banker White….. The Banker White has never created a definition for who they are. Banker White meaning the Global Elite which is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve who control the wealth of the world.
They’ve given us a definition for every race except for the split in theirs. The Banker White hides its identity inside the Indigenous White. This confusion causes strife, because no one knows how to properly separate the two. No one seems to understand, WE, the people are our own SLAVERY ENFORCERS for the Banker Whites.
Racism isn’t by choice but by programming. Most people of color see and understand this…….while most Whites don’t…..they have never been trained to hate their own color. They have never had to fight themselves due to imagery. This is White Privilege/White Entitlement. I don’t necessarily mean this in a bad way, just take notice. This is why people of color have never recovered from the brutality of America; we’ve never been allowed the chance. How can one recover when one race is always portrayed as clean and sin free and the other dumb and violent? How can we recover when we aren’t allowed to love ourselves without guilt?
Why is it “All Lives Matter” the most when Blacks and Natives try to speak out against injustice? Why didn’t All Lives Matter just 2 yrs. ago when we were being arrested and gunned down and before the NDAA didn’t include Whites? Why now? What about during the crack epidemic? Aids epidemic? Where were Whites when Trayvon’s murderer was being celebrated? Where were they when we demanded the release of Leonard Peltier? How can All Lives Matter when they’re just using this phrase to ignore other colors because privilege is being stripped away? How can All Lives Matter when they stand on this land regurgitating freedom for all while calling us primitive or ignorant? All Lives DON’T Matter…..what matters is to speak out louder, above us so we can’t be heard, because if you really believed that, you would allow us to speak for once.
I bring up these issues not to shove entitlements in the face of White America, but because entitlements are actually slavery to ourselves, gifted to us out of convenience, or through an educational media system which eternally lies. Face it, we/you, your parents and grandparents have been used as a weapon for the state.
Systemic racial profiling and nationwide police violence threaten the lives of Ethnic Americans – youth and adults EVERY day. Abuse against all people(s) regardless of race, color, national origin, homeless, religion, age, sexual orientation or manner of clothing is becoming abundantly rampant. Discriminatory racial profiling by police is nothing new and is huge in law enforcement, risking the lives of many innocent people.
Racial profiling whereby law-enforcement, intelligence, or homeland security personnel factor the race or ethnic characteristics of any given *suspect* into their respective decision making process. This practice became particularly controversial toward the end of the 20th century when civil rights leaders charge profiling was rooted in racism and the targeting, disproportionately and unjustly of Blacks and other non-white minorities.
As of Oct. 7, 2015 909 people have been killed by police since Jan. 1, 2015. Were they all Black? No, but Black males, age 15 to 19, are killed at a rate of 31.17% per million, while just 1.47% per million White males in that age range died at the hands of police. Young Black males are at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater.