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POTUS has tossed us a bone. Instead of speaking candidly behind the podium while the world was watching, he has chosen to speak candidly about race on ‪#‎MarcMaron‬’s ‪#‎WTFPodcast‬. It’s his most honest commentary on race as president that I’m aware of.

Since the media—left, right and in-between—is obsessing over his use of “nigger,” I thought I’d highlight things of priority that stuck out to me.

  • The most obvious: the existence of racism is not predicated on the use of “nigger.” Racism is more than that word.
  • “We’re one of the few countries that has this weird amalgam of private sector and Medicare and sort of a patchwork system—hugely inefficient. We spend more than any of the other advanced countries, [and] our outcomes aren’t necessarily better.” (“I have no more campaigns to run” is in full effect.)
  • Congress doing nothing after 20 kids were gunned down at ‪#‎SandyHook‬ is the closest he’s come to “feeling disgusted” in his presidency.
  • “If you watch Fox News, you inhabit a completely different world with different facts even if you read [the] New York Times.” There’s always country for Faux “News” shade. (Out of context, he’s also shading Faux “News” viewers, so I’m sure that’s what the right-wing media is gonna feed to their vapid audience.
  • “I always tell young people, in particular: ‘Do not say that nothing’s changed when it comes to race in America unless you lived through being a Black man in the 1950s…or 60s…or 70s.’ “ I agree.
  • The most interesting part of the interview (for me) is that he was more fluid in saying “nigger” than he was “racism.” He hesitated and kept referring to ‪#‎racism‬ as “it.” Luckily, the interviewer verbally filled in the blank. Call a thing a thing, folks.
  • What should be making headlines instead of his use of the n-word is him acknowledging the police occupation of Black communities (in his own methodical way, of course): "Cops have a really tough job. Part of the reason cops have a really tough job, particularly in big cities, is that there are communities that are poor, are systematically locked out of opportunities, that suffer from legacies of discrimination that have been built up over generations, and we send cops in there basically to say: ‘keep those folks from making too much trouble.’ ”

The interview is an hour long, and ‪#‎Obama‬ is being really, really candid. Don’t just share headlines or this post; ‪#‎wakeup‬ and listen: http://ron-e.us/1H7pvG4. If you have listened and caught something I didn’t highlight, share it with me.

How did the N-word get to be so common in hip-hop culture, and why is it used so casually among certain black communities?
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The use of Nigga/Nigger by blacks to describe other blacks is not a hip-hop thing. It’s been happening conversationally in black communities for over 100 years; it just seems more prevalent because white folks are listening to the music made by blacks, and black music has become increasingly vulgar in the past 25 years.

As for why they use the word, its common for a specific group to take on negative words used against them in an effort to empower themselves with a sense of pride.

For instance look at homosexuals who commonly call each other Fag or southern whites who call each other Rednecks. They can call each other that but when someone outside of their group says it they would still be offended. No difference.

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Booker T. Coleman - How did the N-word get here?

Deep history of the origin of the swastika and the word Nigger.

NAME

I WANT THERE

TO BE A TV SHOW

ABOUT A MAN NAMED

JONATHAN ENNWOURDE

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HIS LOCAL OPPONENTS

WOULD BE DRIVEN TO FRUSTRATION

BY HIS QUICK WIT

AND THEY WOULD SHOUT

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“I HATE

THAT DIRTY

ENNWOURDE”

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AND A PASSERBY

WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY HEAR

AND THINK HIM TO BE RACIST!

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DESPITE THE FACT

THAT JONATHAN ENNWOURDE

IS EXTREMELY WHITE!

LIKE POWDER!

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AND HE IS MOST ASSUREDLY DIRTY

AS ANY TELLER OF TALES

WILL INFORM YOU

FOR A GLASS OF ALE

IN A LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT

-

JONATHAN ENNWOURDE

A NATION SALUTES YOU!

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President Obama Tells Marc Maron That ‘It’s Not Enough Just to Feel Bad’ About the Charleston Shooting: http://nym.ag/1Ib9lfA
‘Rapper-in-Chief’: Fox News Contributor Piles on Obama’s Use of ‘N-Word’: http://bit.ly/1LxWseA
Obama Uses N-Word In Honest Conversation About Racism: ‘We Are Not Cured Of It’: http://huff.to/1LqE7mR
MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson: Obama ‘Spoke Articulately’ by Using N-Word: http://bit.ly/1RrRPV8

anonymous asked:

I feel uncomfortable with people who are mixed with black only claiming their blackness in order to say the n-word. Like, they hate their blackness and are anti-black and hate being associated with their black parent but then say the n word and then be like "Oh it's okay! My parent's black too" like that's not a great way to claim your blackness. I know a biracial black and white girl who's not white passing, but she hates being black and says it and lets her friends say it and it makes me :/

I know what you mean. I’m a firm believer that any black person can say nigga but not every black person should. The person you’re talking about has some really deep internalized racism/antiblackness and that’s something they’ll have to work out on their own and within the black community.It’s possible they don’t realize how harmful and ridiculous they’re being. I used to do and say some pretty awful things about black people until a black friend called my sorry tragic ass out. And the whole time I thought I was just being funny and could say whatever I wanted because I’m black.

If you’re black I suggest calling them out. They can’t be black when it’s convenient.

– Jay

Question...

How do you all feel about the use of “Nigger” or any variation being spoke aloud when reading literature by non-Blacks?

I’m in class right now and the white male professor continues to say the word instead of “N-word.” I get really uncomfortable every time. The ease at which he does it is off-putting to say the least. I would not feel comfortable reading out loud some other slur used to dehumanize a group from with I do not belong out loud.

It reminds me of these time this issue arose during my freshman year of high school. My class was reading some book in my English class. The class was made up almost entirely of Black people of African American decent and Hmong people. It was a Hmong student’s turn to read out loud and he said “Nigger” instead of its censored form. All the Black kids went crazy and gave speeches as to why he should not have said it and our white teacher was confused as why all the Black kids were mad because according to her, the Hmong student was just reading what was written as it was written.

My professor is up here saying that we can’t have a true discussion about the word and its various meanings if we don’t say "Nigger”. I’m just sitting here like it means only one thing coming from your lips and I don’t think it’s his place to set the parameters of a dicussion on term that has a long history, that extends to our present time, of being used by people that look like him onto people that look like myself. Doesn’t help that I am one of two African Americans in the class. What are ya’ll’s opinions?

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If anyone wants to read what are essentially long, sarcastic text posts about specific subjects, head over to the site below. It’s my blog. I post fairly regularly (although not on a schedule). It hasn’t been up for very long but I plan on keeping it around for a while. 

IDK.

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(Tryin’ to be as indirectly offensive as possible ftw)

1963

1963

Standing on the steps

Of the Lincoln Memorial

A speech delivered to the ears of revolutionaries

Feeding knowledge

to the brains of freedom fighters

force feeding the ignorant

with hope

One man stood for many

He spoke for change

He spoke in hopes that one day we would dream

That the dust sprinkled upon 

Our foreheads as children would not settle

That one day sidewalks, water fountains, 

Bathrooms, restaurants

Would know no color

His words echoed off the walls

Beating into ear drums like the sound 

Of Emmett’s body hitting ground

The river of words flow around

The crowd marking every chest with an X

So that Malcolm lives in infamy

As-salamu-alaykum

Should be our new symphony 

Planting roses in the parks

That you can only see

From the front seat

Tears falling freely like lynched bodies in 

the south

But still we dream

We hope

That the shackles worn by our 

feet will not weigh down those

We place voluntarily on our minds

We place voluntarily on our minds

51 years

And the word nigga

is still as prominent as The

oppression doesn’t breed heroes anymore

I wonder how the Million Men who marched 

For a million changes feel when they see

young men

Addressing each other with that name

Do they look away with disdain? 

Or continue with lives fought for nothing in pain?

Nothing

Nearly

Never

Come close to this

We boast for this

We toast for this

Naive 

Nasty

People standing on the street corners

Generations past

Need

New Age

Find comfort in readjusting the word

Using it against them

Using it against us

Showing that you are a

Nice 

Niccah

That you are a 

Normal

Niggah

That you are a

Nothing 

NIgga

Show that you are something

Nigger

Something 

Black

Something 

African

Something better than that

Nasty 

Needy 

Naive 

Nigga.

To this day, I wish I’d never used the word. I felt it’s lameness. It was misunderstood by people. They didn’t get what I was talking about . Neither did I….. So I vowed never to say it again.
—  Richard Pryor on his decision to stop using the N-word.