I’AM SOMEBODY’S (NIGGGE.R) By Andre Austin It’s June 7, 2013. Its High School graduation day throughout the nation. Some slick freelance journalist gets the Valedictorian to ask all the students to raise their hands if they don’t like faggots and think of themselves as *******. The Valedictorian asks the principals and teachers not to interfere with her speech because they allowed all of this vicious self-destructive language to go on in the classrooms, halls and cafeteria. Whats allowed in behind the door is now public. If any of you raise your hand the photographers and cameras to your left and right will expose all students who have a low opinion of themselves in the papers and online. The valedictorian said: “Nat Turner’s High School graduates young men and women, not fools and n.iggge.rs. Society and celebrities were more concerned with us having African sounding first names than us calling ourselves out of our names. The N word isn’t a word of endearment. Every day I see my peers post on youtube and Facebook fight scenes where the first and last word connected with each blow of our fist begins and ends with the N word. We are headed for self-destruction and it all begins by what we refer and answer ourselves to. We as teenagers must start feeding ourselves with knowledge and wisdom instead of junk and drugs. In order for us to produce a strong future generation we must give birth to little Gods and little Messiahs not little Ni.gggg.as at age 35 or 40 not at 15 and 18 and then U will see greatness.We have a big advantage at being young so let’s take advantage of it. Let us be provoked to learn all the higher sciences and the arts. We have to navigate ourselves from being provoked as pawns so that people like George Zimmerman can gun us down, lock us up or be consumers of everything that’s not in our best intrest. Let nobody provoke us into anger, violence or giving up on being positive. In closing I ask all of the adults again not to be concerned with our Afrocentric-sounding names. But be concerned with the music industry that want us to refer to ourselves as n.iggger.s and walk around like zombies high off of dope. Be our role models, and don’t send us just sports figures who have no social or political views. We are not animals and we deserve better than being jammed pack in big schools and overpopulated classrooms like inmates in an overcrowded jail tank. We are Somebody. Far away from a spiritual dead n.igg.er. Because God made man and slavery and the music industry made N.igge.rs. Thank you for listening”.