Let's Mark This One, Expired!
"The "N" Word is Out"
by M. Quinn
What is in a word? Well, according to the spiritual ancients of time past everything. The ancient Kamitians "Egyptians" referred to the potency of words as the "HEKAU," and likewise equated its powers with having the ability of transformation. Politicians use a myriad of words, to get elected into office. Preachers use the power of the word to influence their congregations. Marketing and advertisement agencies use various words and other phraseologies to get you to purchase their products.
If words truly have the ability to create and transform, they likewise have the ability to do the exact opposite, destroy! Words have such a tremendous power that within them, they possess the ability to destroy minds, relationships, and even entire cultures.
So therefore, here is the question; what is wrong with some of us, "Black Folk?" I am completely exhausted at how too many of us throw the "N" word around as if it has an expiration date, and if we do not use it enough times in any given day, it will expire. Everyone from rappers to actors, and comedians have jumped on the Nigga bandwagon, and frankly I am all Nigga’d out. I am so completely and utterly dismayed every time I hear Black folk refer to themselves using an extremely negative and nauseating euphemism that was originally designed to destroy our minds that it makes me sick to my stomach.
This degrading word began as Necro, not Negro, nor Nigger. According to the American Heritage dictionary, Third Edition the word necro is defined as; 1. A Dead body, 2. Death, i.e., Necrosis; Death of cells or tissue through injury or disease.
When an entire people are stripped of the knowledge of self, i.e., (their culture, language, land, and their God), what you are essentially creating is a culture of dead people, hence the term "Necro". It is analogous to cultural, mental and spiritual genocide.
Have we become so psychologically colonized that we have whole heartily and voluntarily adopted the labels of our former enslavers? No matter what context this word is used, it is still just as demeaning as its origins. We are the only people on the planet that have adopted the labels used to oppress us on ourselves.
It is time, that we begin to prove the words of the slave owner Willie Lynch wrong, who stated;
Caucasian people do not refer to themselves by using the derogatory names given to them by other cultures. Nor do Mexicans, Asians, Arabs, or any other race for that matter. Have we become so mislead that we are now voluntarily allowing the very essence of who we are, our minds and spirits to be further colonized by this negative characterization?
Tupac Shakur did his best to soften the blow of this extremely degrading word by giving it a new acronym and definition, such as; N.I.G.G.A., (Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished). Nevertheless, the origin of this grossly detestable word still has its roots in racism, bigotry, human degradation, oppression and death. Let’s stop being ignorant period, and banish this word from our vocabularies. It is time that we permanently mark the "N" word as "EXPIRED."
Brothers and sisters, enough is enough! We must begin to check our hearts, minds, and ourselves. The time has come to refuse to continually be mental slaves and a colonized race (culture) ever again. Let’s put the “N” word to rest once and for all.