I woke up this morning feeling a little weary however as the day progressed my mind was still thinking about the historic day at the White House. The President unveiled his new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” a program geared toward providing greater opportunities for Blacks and Hispanics in regards to addressing the economic disparities. Consequently, the White House is partnering with businesses, nonprofits and foundations to tackle inequality in education, criminal justice and employment. The President’s speech was inspirational, encouraging and real, he openly verbalized some of his own obstacles, insecurities and mistakes and evolutionary triumphs, in a way, in a tone, that no President or Blackman in the White House has ever spoken.
And in retrospect, my spirit awakened and inspired me to deliver this message to the masses, “please black people retire the N-word.” We can use yesterday’s speech, the initiative as inspiration, to try and get this thing right. I’ve heard the arguments from Black Sportscasters, Athletes, Journalist, Entertainers, Comedians and Rappers; majority of them supporting the perpetual use of the N-word. Furthermore arguing the point saying, “the N-word is our word; we turned it into a word of endearment”. That statement, I have to respectfully disagree. Why.. because our race is at the bottom of the scale in regards to economic mobility in terms of wealth, education, independent empowerment and worst of all the glorification and acceptance of the violence we perpetuate amongst each other. So the N-word, with all its intention of endearment> “Not Working”.
Most of us are aware, the N-word has a very negative connotation, a very bad history, one that a lot of young people cannot truly comprehend, and using it in everyday life perpetuates the […]