Shopping While Black

Shopping While Black

Shopping while black brings about more anxiety for me than being behind the wheel of a car. Yes, I don’t drive - that’s a story for another day. The other day, I went into the local beauty supply store and walked around the aisles until I saw what I was looking for. A minute too long in the aisle, I was greeted by one of the workers asking if I needed help. I did not because, as I mentioned, I found what I needed but, something else caught my eye and I was reading the label when I was rudely interrupted.

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The Presence of the Niger

The Presence of the Niger

Over the years, the word Niger has been used as a derogatory term used to define, limit, make fun of, and ridicule all Black people regardless of social stature within society.  We can reference America’s President from 2009 to 2017 and the level of hatred he received from those that did not except a man with African blood being in the Oval Office of the White House.  The word Nigger originally spelled Niger, was introduced from Latin language meaning black.  The word was used to describe those with brown skin, of African descent.  The word Niger evolved to different variations of the same term: negre - a black man; negress - a black woman, nigger, negro, nigga.  Communication over the centuries of using the word has allowed the definition of Niger (noun), black person to turn into Nigga (noun, verb), an ignorant person or action done by a black human being.  Let’s discuss.

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