>The ferocity of this word is >still there. Imagine being in >public place with a mix >of cultures, and you (in >cosmopolitan mode) hearing a pair >of brothers toss "nigga" back >and forth. Whether or not >you condone it...doesn't the room >seem a little more tense?
When you walk into a room of white people and cough loudly dont you feel that same tension? Again I dispute the idea that we should conduct ourselves in a fashion that is somehow approved of by the people around us.
Why should I live by how they see me- Fuck who they think we are they have a hard enough time admitting who they are to themselves.
>I'm not saying that Black isn't >prevalent. But Black is a >color...it has no historical reference. >The question remains...why endear "nigger" >when it was used so >maliciously?? Are we still trying >to erase the scars?
I beg to differ- I dont think alot of you realize that the ternm Black extended way beyond any signifier of race or color. It was a movement, evoking terms like Nation time, and Black Power, and Black Pride- it brought us such movements as the Black panther party and had james tellin us to say it loud - "IM BLACK AND IM PROUD", "Black is Beautiful". Anybody remember the afro pics with teh Black fist- how bout the one where the handles were red BLACK and green.
Please understand that there is a great deal of history signified by the term Black. The Black nationalist flag itself is Red Black and Green- certainly you're all aware of what the Black stands for.