We can simply and quickly be described as individuals who just got tired and fed up with the passive acceptance, code of silence, nonchalance, and the there’s-nothing-we-can-do-about-it attitude from way too many educators, professionals, entertainers, and just your average citizen about the constant use of the N-word. Has the overwhelming use of this word really empowered anyone or taken the power out of its oppressive origins for such complacency?
Well, let’s ask some basic questions about the entertainment industry, specifically rap since its N-word usage is internationally known – and thus heard and influenced around the globe. (And, no, we’re not “blaming” it all on rap.) Has rap/hip-hop empowered anyone? Do those videos empower the rappers? How about the women in the videos – have they been empowered? Can we agree that many kids listen to rap/hip-hop music a lot and are greatly influenced by it, its trends, its fad, and its culture of “cool” – how has this influence empowered American children overall in school? Has anyone – children, teens, adults – learned anything recently about ancient African history thrown into a mainstream or popular rap/hip-hop song? As of 2007, comedian Paul Mooney has finally realized using that word is a lose-lose situation, but did he or does Dave Chappelle now empower anyone by performing with the constant use of the N-word? Have we really been empowered or educated for the long term by their routines? If so, how? Who benefits most from the stereotypical and dis-empowering image that results from the constant use of the N-word?
Who’s benefiting most from the manufactured, manipulated, marketed image of a fundamentally weak, powerless, materialistic, historically miseducated Black male? When we understand the answers to the latter two questions and comprehend who pays the dollars to market the image then we’ll understand why its prominence is so accepted. Yeah, too many Blacks are ignorant, miseducated, self-hating, and uninformed enough to participate in it for a little fame and, in the big picture, insignificant cash. But what can you expect from individuals who probably went through an educational system that is intentionally deficient, inefficient, and misleading in historical facts – and has been so for centuries.
So, instead of sitting around complaining with questions like these and about a multitude of cultural problems, we chose to take action on at least one of the most prominent ones – the N-word. We decided to be pro-active by grasping and utilizing a popular cliché – to be a part of the solution instead of the problem. And there you have it, the simple and quick abou-us and the reason BN-W exists.
Quotes from World History Scholars
Dr. Wade Nobles on the power of words: “The hearing of the word creates energy, creates heat….Take care in what we say to each other….If we call each other nigger, we are creating the evolution of our destruction.”
Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan: “One day we’ve got to realize that anything that’s gonna make you less than a human being is negative….You will never become a nigger in my estimate….Anything that will belittle you or lessen you, will lessen me….I lessen you, I lessen myself. That word when it was created was to belittle you and it’s still meant that way.”
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing on her functional definition of the word: “Any and all use of the word, ‘Nigger(s),’ whether it is used by a White person or a Black person (or shade of black), no matter in what context or in what-so-ever tone of voice, translates into the following statement: ‘Consciously or subconsciously, I am helping to maintain the local, national, global system of Racism (White Supremacy).’”