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Nigger! My Niggah! Neegrah! Negro... The only thing that makes these words important or derogatory is if you identify with them or need to use them to identify others (be they percieved as friend or foe). These are words that were originally used by slave merchants and owners to identify those of a African decent as less than human (inferior) and used for hundreds of years to promote white supremacy in America and around the world. These words are claimed by millions of Blacks today as a means of separating us as special (with a superior mentality) from decendants of those slave masters (My Niggah not the master's Nigger). No matter who uses it or how it is percieved the word only has the power you (we) have given it. What are your thoughts on the video above of James Baldwin's assesment of "Who is the Nigger?" I'd love to hear your thoughs!

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Comment by Earth Crysis on June 6, 2011 at 3:31pm

I know the word has many different meanings to different people.  I have also read the European etymological dictionary definition and origin, however, I don't think white people are very creative nor original.  Most of "their" works or art forms (even words! One needs only to examine the english language to see it is just a mash-up of all other languages!) are stolen from Black and Brown people.  So when I come across words that were around before their civilizations even flourished, like the Amharic word Negus (Negus (Ge'ez ንጉሥ, nigūś, Amharic nigūs; cf. Tigrinya ነጋሽ negāš) is a title in Ge'ez, Tigrinya, Tigre and Amharic, used for a king and at times also a vassal ruler in pre-1974 Ethiopia and pre-1890 Eritrea. It is subsequently used to translate the word "king" in Biblical and other literature. It is a noun derived from the ancient Semitic verbal root N - G - Ś meaning "to reign.) Or learn the ancient Egyptians called their Pharaohs "N-G-R" (Net-ger) because the Egyptian Pharaoh was seen as a representation of the sun and the Sun God. The original Pharaohs who were pure Black Africans SAW BLACK SKIN AS SACRED AND A DIRECT BLESSING FROM THE SUN GOD, ATEN.

In the Sudroid (Indo-Negroids of India) languages of India, which are part of the Cushite branch
of the African languages, the term "Naga" denotes original or first.
In fact, in ancient India, the people with the blackest skins were respected and held to igh esteem,
unlike today where the racist, colonialist and alien concept of "varna" or castecolor racism places
Sudroids, Indo-Negroids, Black Tribals, Dalits, Negro-Australoids and other BLACKS AT THE
VERY BOTTOM OF iNDIAN SOCIETY.
See www.dalitstan.org/books/sudroid
The term "Ngola" (Angola) means "King" in the Angolan languages. This term was mistaken by
the Portugese to mean the DESCRIBE "Ndongo," the kingdom.

The first people to corrupt the term "N-G-R" were the Roman invaders of Egypt who may have
heard the term used to describe the leader of Egypt or Nubia. The term "Nigger" was later used to mean any Black/Negroid person.

 

With that stated I understand the hurt that certain Blacks feel when they hear this, even from each others mouths.  But to me, the amazing things about the word and its use (by OUR community) is how initially it was used to dehumanize us, but its very origin implies royalty.  Furthermore, despite what we were TAUGHT the meaning to be, some of us have made the word into  a term of endearment.  I personally don't have the answers if we should use it or not use it-but I agree with the "The only thing that makes these words important or derogatory is if you identify with them or need to use them to identify others (be they percieved as friend or foe)." statement.

Comment by Jon Vee on June 6, 2011 at 2:41pm
That word... that word.... James Baldwin could not have put it any better.  Nigger/ Niggah is used in the US Britain Russia Japan etc.  Why because they follow the european ways.  That word nigger is to refer to individuals with dark skin, especially those of indigenous African descent who previously were racially classified by the now outdated term Negro. It was once the standard, casual English term for Blacks.  Associated with the word traditionally have been an often casual contempt, an assumption of inherent inferiority, even of bestiality, making it extremely prejorative.  It seems our youth and our black people got it backwarks thinking it's something to separate us in an positive light but the only thing it does is separate us from our true meaning.  The word niger is latin meaning black. French obtained it from Portuguese where it became "negre" and "negro but nigger which yielded phonetic mistranscriptions as "nigra."  Nigger" was used, primarily by whites, as vulgar synonym for blacks which leads me to believe they either didn't know how to spell or pronounce the word in the first place.  I also believe the creators of the word niggah to have such a evil and nasty way of creating anything negative is for the sake of themselves and not for us. For most blacks, the term always has been associated with white supremacy racism, violence and oppression.  Now when I look at it it has nothing to do with me or my black people at all because I don't have it in me to be that negative or hateful and being called a nigger by anyone just shows me you have reclaimed an offensive and inappropriate white man's word and need to be educated on the meaning of the meaning of a real black man or woman and when you have done that then come back and talk to me.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on June 6, 2011 at 2:23pm

And then there is this...

Comment by Ngon'e Aw on June 5, 2011 at 10:59pm
"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." --Jim Davis

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