I love it when a writer puts into words what I’m feeling in my heart, but can’t express. It’s the reason why I read so much.
Bomani did that for me this week. He had this to say about The Boondocks episode that ends with a resusitated Martin Luther King in modern times chiding a crowd of partying Black people:
But what got me more than anything was the hateful, disdainful way that “nigga” was used. I’ve always maintained that people make much to big a deal of the way black people use the word, but I’ve got to rethink that. It seems that I made a mistake that I punish others for making–ascribing my views to the rest of the world.
Silly me, I thought that folks that used the word with the same frequency as I do were thinking the same way as I did. Yanno, I figured those folks had taken some level of control over the term and were not using it as a way of battering black people. And somehow, I figured I had an idealogue in Aaron McGruder.
Clearly, I do not.
Me neither. I use “nigga” as a term of endearment. Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder wrote it in as a slur to put down lower class Black people. That’s a straight Bill Cosby move.
I remember watching one of Chris Rock’s comedy routines where he said there’s a difference between Black people and niggas. I loved his show, but that’s where I stopped laughing.