Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The "N" Word...

Honest question - what is the 1st word that pops into your mind when you see a bling covered, corn-rowed, track suit wearing person who also happens to be of African American descent speaking in a dialect best described as mush-mouth on television?

(Look at the picture and think about it a moment before scrolling down.)

When you hear or read the word nigger what image pops into your mind, a slave chopping cotton or one of the many contemporary practitioners of the Gangsta in Da HUD lifestyle?

Like it or not American blacks have cultivated an image that is less than savory.

Take the 2006 Oscars for example;

Djay f/ Shug - It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp Lyrics

[Chorus 2X: Shug - singing] + (Djay)
You know it's hard out here for a pimp
(you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent
(you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent
(you ain't knowin)
Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit
(you ain't knowin)
Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit
(you ain't knowin)[Djay]
In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin from a ho don't know no better, I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin to have thangs but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't slip, yeah
Man it seems like I'm duckin dodgin bullets everyday
Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray
But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn't keep up with my hoes, that's when shit got harder
North Memphis where I'm from, I'm 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head
They come hopin every night, they don't end up bein dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl too
You pay the right price and they'll both do you
That's the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah.



What the fuck is so great about the life of crime and degradation described in those lyrics that a person could bring themselves to mouth the words much less praise them?

Contemplate the words of that song for a moment and then remind yourself - black people in the audience gave it a standing ovation, they paid homage to a song which describes criminal acts, savagery and degradation, their applause was nothing less than an embrace of, and the enshrinment of depictions of prostitution and murder as the status quo in contemporary African American culture.

"Yeah" my ass - those words are an indictment, and a clear example of a bankrupt culture.

Anyone who understands the concepts of dignity and self respect should recognize it for the dead end that it is and discard it - throw in the fact that many blacks on a regular basis publicly refer to themselves and others of their race as niggers and is it any wonder that people of other races might also come to think of, or refer to them as such.

Slavery was a shitty deal for the enslaved, and segregation and discrimination was poor compensation for those who endured it. But those days are gone, and as people of the African race they should be thanking whichever figment of the imagination they worship that they were born in the USA rather than some pestilental hell hole on the continent where their ancestors originated.

I have a few other questions.

Where is the modern version of Black Wall Street?

Why are so many contemporary black cultural icons purveyors of thug life - why don't blacks make an effort to speak clear and concise english rather than speaking as if they had a mouth full of runny oatmeal?

African Americans finally have as good a chance at grabbing the brass ring as any other race in the melting pot and this is the best they can do?

Is this really the example they wish to set for their children - is this kind of lifestyle worthy of emulation?

Would the people in that audience wish such a life on their own child?

Would you?

I think not...

For every Condi Rice or Colin Powell there are millions of potential guests for the Jerry Springer show or candidates for incarceration in Americas prisons.

In 2003 43.9 of the inmates of state and federal prisons in the United States were of African American descent.

I suppose a person could try to blame whitey for this, but in my estimation every African American who is, or will become a parent might want to look in the mirror before pointing a finger at anyone else.


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