Known to be one of the most controversial words in the English language, N-I-G-G-E-R will today be exposed of its true meaning. This nasty word has lasted for well over four-hundred years, which I believe to be much too long. The white slave owners used this word to degrade and dishonor the black slaves. Throughout slavery the slave owners feared revolt, so they set up a system that made the slaves distrust one another. The first time which a black man would use the word n-i-g-g-e-r would be during slavery. This was when the master would give one slave an authoritative position, and allowed him to use the word against his own people to make him feel that he had power and that they were inferior to him. At the birth of this word it was used to plot black against black.
I was once blind to the effectiveness of this word. I once was one of those people who believed that in modern times blacks had liberated the word from its past meaning. We’d changed the pronunciation and the context, but the underlying meaning still existed or shall I say still exists. I can’t exactly remember when, but one day the veil was taken from over my eyes and I was able to realize the mental harm we inflict on ourselves when we are using that word. The system of the slave master is also still in existence. The former unified African has been tarnished and made into this cold, non-trusting “African-American” as we are so called. “African-Americans” are often compared to crabs in a barrel. When one crab tries to get free the remaining crabs pull him back down instead of helping their brother escape. It is said that there is no need to put a cover on the crabs because they will not allow one another to escape. It is sad to say that this is truly an accurate comparison to “African-Americans”. The use of the “N” word is just one of the crabby things we do.
What we as blacks fail to realize is that the word n-i-g-g-e-r even today continues to symbolize inferiority. This is now only in our subconscious mind though, so it seems not to bother us. However our subconscious determines what we become conscious of in our minds. We have been blinded all of these years as to what we are doing to ourselves. We are committing cultural genocide. It does not matter if you pronounce or spell it n-i-g-g-e-r, or n-i-g-g-a it holds the same meaning. Every time we use either of these words we are the crab holding our own brother down from escaping the barrel of inferiority. Even though we mean no harm, harm is being done.
In Conclusion, that word has not changed despite of our efforts to do so. I feel it should be stricken from any and all languages. Still today it is a living breathing root of the institution of slavery. Slavery of the mind is what it carries. The word n-i-g-g-e-r is a virus that binds the mind of us Africans. I have spent about a year examining this word and its meanings, and I have over this period of time been astonished by the power of words. We all must take off our blindfolds and see once again, and some for the very first time.
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