2017 The End of the N*gga Era
Min. Paul Scott
“It’s plain to see that you can’t change me/cause I’ma be a N*gga 4 life”
D Dawg had finally had enough. At 25 years of age he had seen far too many of his homies blown away in the street. He was sick and tired of waking up sick and tired from drinking one too many bottles of Hennessy and poppin’ one too many Percocets . Plus he was experiencing chronic migraines from hitting his head on the hard concrete tryin’ to run from the cops with his pants hanging below his knees. So today, he was finally gonna do it! He was going to denounce being a N*gga...
Recently rapper Cassidy caused a stir when he posted a picture on Instagram of him wearing a shirt with N*GGER across the front in big, bold letters. Although , N.I. G.G.E.R was supposed to be an acronym for something or ‘nother, the bold fashion statement was not exactly met with open arms . He is not the first celebrity who has tried to flip the word or a variation into something positive. Back in the day, Nas and his wife at the time, Kellis showed up at the Grammys sportin’ N*gger shirts and some people still parrot the late Tupac Shakur’s explanation , claiming that NIGGA stands for “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished.”
However, 20 years after Pac’s death, we must ask ourselves, what goal was really accomplished by those who have embraced the term besides more black men and women in prison or in the graveyard ? Our flirtation with nigga respectability politics was an abysmal failure. Yep, we took an L on that one.
Over the years there have been many attempts to ban the N word, bury the N word or erase the N word from history. However, our concern should not be the word, itself, but what the word represents.
What may have once been a term of endearment in the 90’s has become something bigger than Eazy E could have ever imagined. Niggaration has become a culture in and of itself with it’s own dress code, language and, some may argue , complete with it’s own “Only God Can Judge Me” religion. Matter of fact, because there are some neighborhoods you can’t even go into with a N*gga passport, it has become it’s own nationality. If the trend continues, unchecked, by the year 2020, I would not be surprised if N*gga had it’s own ethnicity box on the census forms.
Like MLK once said, “we have some difficult days ahead” with white supremacists running rampant police brutality, cuts in social programs, gentrification, wars and rumors of wars and not to mention the megalomaniac in the White House. As we go into 2018, Black people cannot fight Trump, the KKK and N*ggas too. Something has to give.
So, we are asking all Black folk to turn in their N*gga cards and denounce being N*ggas by the end of the year. We will no longer allow you to have dual citizenship, you will either have to be a N*gga or a proud Black man or woman.
Now, we know that some of our people are addicted to that behavior and may need to attend some N*gga Anonymous meetings, or in some extreme cases , spend a couple of months in N*gga rehab. But unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of time. So we have come up with a four step program to raise our people out of what we call the N*gga Degree.
Many people are familiar with the story of the, allegorical, Willie Lynch Letter which gave step by step instructions on how to make a slave. Historically, this could be the blueprint of how white supremacy created the N*gga, as well. So, we know how they did it, it is time for us to undo what they did.
Step 1 is to make the subject come to grips with the fact that he is behaving as a N*gga with all associated tendencies that will produce nothing but chaos in his life and the lives of others. We have to make being a N*gga so disgusting that no one in their right mind would want to be that ever in life.
Step 2 is to give the subject a quick history lesson of the historical origin of the word which came when the Portuguese entered into Africa. And how the nigga is not a part of African culture but a test tube baby that was created in the lab by racist scientists for the purpose of wreaking havoc on the Black community.
Step 3 is to make the subject explore his innermost n*gga-ness and how it will serve as a generational curse , dooming his whole family tree to the third and fourth generations to a life filled with malt liquor bottles, Philly Blunt rolling paper and loud mumble rap on repeat rotation.
And lastly, Step 4 is to give the subject a new sense of identity. Because for many of our youth being a N*gga is all they know so that void has to be replaced with something whether it be King, Queen , African Prince, Empress or anything else that will allow them to look in the mirror and for the first time in their lives be proud of the image staring back at them.
Minister Paul Scott is founder of the Black Messiah Movement in Durham NC. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @truthminista