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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Opinion | Black Culture vs. R. Kelly

Opinion | Black Culture vs. R. Kelly

Now, let’s be honest here, did I believe every story? Not quite. Do I believe something happened in their interaction with R. Kelly, yes. Do I believe that they were offered fame and was preyed upon by their desire for that fame? Yes. Do I believe that he had a team of players that helped him do the most unimaginable to young girls? Yes. Were their families offered sums of money with a promise that their daughter would be taken care of? Yes. Each woman that had a personal interaction with R. Kelly, had a story to tell. Who am I, or should I ask, who are we as a black culture to not believe in their experience? Within the black culture, we tend to be very suspicious of stories we hear and I don’t know why or when this started.

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