“I love black people. But I hate N*****!” Those are the famous words of comedian Chris Rock. There are many topics of discussion when it comes to the problems of America. But none strike a more swift reaction from African Americans than the infamous “N” word. Not only does this word invoke a double standard between blacks and whites, but it also shows just how much racial ignorance still plays a role in society today. On March 9, 2001 the NAACP decided they would put an end to the use of the “N word.” They went as far as writing the word on a piece of paper, placing it in a casket, and having a “funeral service” to symbolize it’s death. It was their belief that by burying this word it would no longer exist. I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous things in my life but this easily qualifies as officially making my personal top 3 list.
As an African American of mixed decent, I have never been a fan of this word. Couple that with the fact that I’m also conscious of black history. I also don’t like the stereotype that associates this word only with “black people.” That’s what makes this so called “burial” of the N word such an insult to the intelligence of all people. This little ritual by the NAACP did nothing but bring more publicity to an organization that wears a mask suggesting they are here to help the “cause of black people” but truthfully has never had the power to do the things that they claim they could. Before I go any further I need to clarify something about myself. I don’t believe in supporting ANY organization that promotes one culture over another. I am a fan of humanity. My 1st responsibility is to the benefit of all humanity. That means I recognize and respect the existence of ALL people. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I want to get back to heart of this matter. This word by definition was never supposed to solely describe a particular “race.” It is a mentality.
America has taught us all to look at one group of people when it comes to the use of this word. None of you have to go very far to see that black people are not the only people you will see who wear their pants 3 sizes too big hanging off of their behinds, a white T on, and rolling in a ghetto cruiser listening to “Lil Wayne.” You can see this fact whether you are at a club, or in a grocery store. I have seen Chinese people, Spanish people, and yes even White people all act like N*****. With that being said, what good does it do to bury the word if the mentality that the word represents is still alive and breathing? We are in an age where change is upon us all. How we change is up to us. I have been asked many times how are we supposed to deal with these problem children called N*****? I think a better question would be how did this mentality get here in the first place? I believe in order to find an answer to any problem you 1st must identify the cause. Contrary to popular belief, N***** did not come from outer space. So how did they get here? Very simple. When you take a people, strip them of the land in which they were born, strip them of there name, culture, language, and inheritance you set the stage for creating a new kind of human being. Not to mention that by cutting off every avenue which will lead them to the truth of who they really are at every chance you get by hiding there history and replacing it with your story, hence the term “HIStory,” you leave the human mind with no choice but to adapt to a mentality that is foreign to it in every way. You give birth to a new kind of being. This is how N***** are born. How do we fix the problem you ask? Start by recognizing your freedom. It’s one thing to be free from chains and shackles for the wrists and ankles. It’s something infinitely deeper to be free in the most important way that any man or woman can be free: “In the mind.” When your mind is free you will see the world the way it’s meant to be seen. Without color lines. Without hate. Without envy. To all that stop by to read this I wish you love, peace, and prosperity.