I call this a response because the idea was originally presented by the lovely ECP on her blog Longing4length. I’ve had racism on the brain the last few days with the former England football captain being found guilty of racism so I thought this argument was worthy of further debate.
ECP was talking about rapper Rasheeda’s use of the word nappy directed at a fellow cast member K Michelle in the reunion show. Now I didn’t watch the show myself and I understand that K Michelle was actually wearing a wig* (which makes the whole nappy comment thing a bit odd) but it is clear that Rasheeda used the word as a way to put down her fellow cast member.
Ok now thinking if I would be offended if someone described my hair as nappy. To answer that, I would have to start with the real N word. Bottom line is I HATE that word in all its forms. Whether its written as nigga or the apparently more offensive version ending in -er.
Maybe I’ve lived a very sheltered life but it was never acceptable growing up for us to use this kind of language. Don’t get me wrong I’ve heard and still use my fair share of four letter expletives (sorry mum) but the N word was always reserved for gangster movies and reruns of ROOTS, certainly not a word that invaded our lives.
It’s quite possible that things are just different where I live (in England) and apart from inner city neighborhoods you don’t hear the N word being used as a term of endearment amongst black people very much.
Frankly I just don’t buy whole stance with the rappers saying ‘It’s our word now, we took it back’ to justify their use of the word in their music. Yet they fully expect white folk to buy their albums right? Otherwise they wouldn’t make enough money to book their slot on Cribs and worry about being caught Ridin’ dirty!
I love me some Jay Z and 50 cent but playing a track with a lot of N word vulgarity when I have a white friend riding in the car with me is akin to watching a romantic scene with my mum, CRINGE!
The whole ‘who can use the N word’ thing makes for good comedy (remember Chris Rock’s bit on the ONLY time that a white person is allowed to use it? Hilarious) but socially it doesn’t make sense that a group of people can use a word that the rest of the world can’t.