Presently, the word nigga is used more liberally among younger members of all races and ethnicities in the United States. In addition to African Americans, other ethnic groups have adopted the term as part of their vernacular.  —–Wikipedia

 

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber’s use of the N-word is not surprising to this African-American.  But before I get outraged over a then teenaged Bieber’s lame ass attempt to replicate a comedy routine he saw a Black person do, I first have to give the eye towards the Black people who hang around people like Bieber confusing them into thinking that that can say what we say.

In a video online Bieber jokes about murdering a black person so that there will be ‘one less lonely nigger’, and he can join the KKK. This after a previous video surfaced of him grinning while asking the question ‘Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?’ before he started making the noise of the chainsaw concluding his joke with ‘Run nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.’

Unlike disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who is just an old school racist, I don’t think Beiber was being racist when he used the N-word.  I think he was just trying to impersonate the same Black men he admires so much and strives to be just like. Thank R&B singer Usher for that.

You see, Justin Biebers are what happened when African-Americans stopped looking at the N-word as an abusive slur and epithet and starting using it affectionately as a friendly greeting and term of endearment.  Unfortunately, as shown in the videos, a then younger Bieber hadn’t made the correlation between the word “nigger” and “nigga,” the latter having now seemingly been green lighted for universal use by pretty much anyone.

The moment Black people stopped censoring themselves in mixed company and went on a N-word free-for-all, we not only opened the door for others to do the same, we took it off the damn hinges.  I’m not blaming Black people for the origination of the word, however, we can take a bow for figuring out how to keep the N-word in mass circulation.

Still, this isn’t a new phenomenon. That train left the station when we conspired with the entertainment industry to aid and abet in the exploitation of the N-word for money.  One of my favorite examples of this is when rapper Ja Rule wrote the lyrics to Jennifer Lopez’s hit song “I’m Real” Murder Remix and included the word “nigga” for her to say.

Rule said that Lopez was not the first Latino to use the word in a song, and that it hadn’t been in an issue previously, adding it was something to let people get a chance to “poke her.”  Whatever that means.

Unlike the F-word to describe gays, from comedians to rappers, “niggas” have been sending entertainment industry executives to the bank for quite some time now.

More recently, in Georgia, several white high school seniors hung a sign outside of their school that read “Niggas We Made It.”  Their inspiration?  Canadian rapper Drake and Soulja Boy’s “We Made It” song.

For me, there’s only one difference between the words “nigger” and “nigga,” laziness.  It’s that same laziness that follows the logic in the use of the word “ratchet” to replace wretched, “ignant” for ignorant, and “fi en tuh” for fixing to. “Nigga” is not a new word with a new meaning.  It’s an old word that was used to abuse, demean, and put down Blacks who then turned around and not only found a way to glorify the word but to pave the way for others to do it as well, ensuring that future generations to come of all races know that Black people were and are “niggas.”

Black people offended by others use of the word need to figure out if intent is the only issue or is it the word itself. Because if it’s the word, then the list doesn’t begin with Justin Bieber—it starts with us.  It also would mean that Black people need to adopt a zero tolerance policy similar to the gay mafia when it comes to the word “faggot” or anything remotely homophobic coming out of the mouth of someone Black.  I guarantee you had Justin Bieber been Black and a video surfaced of him saying a joke using the F-word—he’d have been on the next flight back to Canada.  Real talk. So if it’s the word that offends us so much, we can’t get mad at Donald Sterling and then look the other way at Justin Bieber.

The bottom line is that Blacks should not be issuing “ghetto passes” to some and screaming at others for using the N-word.  The result of that kind of behavior is a Justin Bieber, the new Black—literally.