Black People : African-conscious people who use the N-word...WTF???

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  1. ShemsiEnTehuti

    ShemsiEnTehuti Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I am just curious what some of you think about the brothers and sisters who's mentality is *African-centered* or consider themselves *African-conscious* that use the N-word.

    I started thinking about this after hearing the brother Khallid Muhammad use the N-word repeatedly in a speech. Then I recollected quite a few so called African-centered brothers and sisters using the N-word rather gratuitously, but speaking in a tone as if it could actually be used intelligently. Anyhow, just curious what you guys think.

    If you haven't already, please watch the flash introduction to the Abolish The N Word website here...

    http://www.abolishthenword.com/
     
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    ...In defense of Brotha Khallid, I am quite sure that he was not doing it out of ignorance. Hence, he was CONCIOUS in using it, in that he understood what he was saying and why. When you see his intent(s), his use of the word is rather understandable.

    Additionally, the followers I know of Dr. Khallid also use the "n" word sometimes, but they say they refer to a "niigga" as someone who works to destroy their own people. I say this to say that none of them (including Khallid himself) I am sure did not use it as a "term of endearment." As a matter of fact, I NEVER heard them referring to each other as "n!ggas..." they ONLY use it when they refer to Black folks who are working AGAINST Our People.

    As for the other "African-centered" Brothas and Sistahs you are speaking of, this may be the same case with them.

    Just my .02...

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  3. ShemsiEnTehuti

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    I don't think it matters. The very use of it condones its casual use. It then is left to the discretion of the orator whether or not it is appropriate. However, I am sure the people being called the N-word then use their discretion to call people like brother Khallid a "conscious N----". Even in the perspective you are talking about, there is no justifiable or intelligent use of the N-word...even when referring to the traducers of our people.
     
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    That is well-understood...

    But then as I mentioned, they use it to denote someone who is AGAINST their People, not someone who is WITH their People.

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    What I am trying to impress is the idea that the very use of the word, condones its usage. Therefore, you cannot expect people to not use the very tool of attack that you use against them. Think about it like this. When Israel became a nuclear power in the Middle East, all of its neighbors then wanted nuclear power to match its defenses. Similarly, the same nuclear situation is already matched between India and Pakistan. Now you see all of the enemies to the U.S. vying to attain nuclear weapons since America has them as well. It is the same thing when using the demeaning verbal weapon of the N-word. The very utilization of it, no matter how dignified you are trying to appear, only condones the usage by those you direct it towards.
     
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    Gosh, I couldn't even watch the intro, but I did get the point. Since we as Blacks seem to be in a never-ending battle with whites; we waste a lot of energy in trying to spite WP by turning everything negative they have doled to us into something positive... the most infamous would be the endearment of the word "ni_gga". This is why I believe in segregation/separation, ans disassimilation with our people, because the more time we spend surrounded by whites/others, the less we get done; we STAY defending and redefining ourselves.

    Personally, I think it's the most repulsive word known to man, not just that, it's steeped in death, negativity, and oppression, no matter which derivation of it you utilize. We as Black people are trend-setters, so I am baffled as to why ( after all the isms, slangs, ID's we've had imposed upon us) would we dig into the bowels of history and try and make a house cat out of a sewer rat????

    I believe late Brother Khallid's use of the "N" word is to draw a distinction between conscious Black people, and "lost & founds" as they call them (unconscious folks). I wonder why it takes a public figure to spout the "N" word to make the US re-think the usage of the term.

    Peace

     
  7. robboy2003

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    Some people curse or use the word ******,because they are angry. The word has power only, if you allow it to have power.

    Personally, I detest the word,but it has been managed badly by us and white oppressors.

    We just have to be vigilant watchers of people,and be on guard for people who want to take a bigger action than just using a nasty six letter word!

    Peace!

    Love her constantly,consistently,and with concern!
     
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