“Shouts to all my Obamas. The 'niggas' is out. The 'Obamas' is in. The 'bitches' is out and the 'Michelles' is in. So if your lady gets you mad you say, ‘Michelle you betta get out of here before I slap the thunder out of you.’ Nah, let me stop playing but that’s how we doing it this year. We trynna switich up the fucked up language we been saying for the past few years. It’s actually been catching on a little bit. I was on the radio yesterday and I heard somebody saying that and I was like, ‘Wow that’s a great thing if we could call each other 'Obama' instead of 'nigga.'” -Jim Jones, SOHH.com (via XXLMag.com)
Immediately following the presidential election, I smelled Jim Jones on an episode of The Negro Channel's Crap City replacement, The Deal. He'd been promoting this change in "urban" lexicon since then. Initially I paid it no mind because... well... Jimmy was doing that blunted babble shit as per usual.
Unfortunately, he hasn't let go of the cause. I find it funny that the living, breathing, stinking personification of the "n-word" in its most derogatory sense is actually spending time and effort--better used practicing and showering--on this old Bill Cosby shit.
Dirt Angel will again be forced to defend his artistic right to free expression. When he does, I hope everyone remembers this publicity stunt--I mean, heartfelt attempt--to eradicate one of the most wonderful words from the English language.
Yes, I'm one of those Obamas from the school of thought that teaches words only have the power they're given. Words are merely a collection of characters that mean absolutely nothing until given life. Language evolves continuously as a result. There was once a time when the life energy behind the term in question was purely hateful. Our community has since shown strength and solidarity in the defiance and reconstruction of the term's intentions. Considering there had been a period in American history in which we weren't legally allowed to use English fully, I consider this a triumph and delight in the fact that I can say that word with the most enamoring of intentions.
The word "nigga" is a noun. It describes a person, place or a thing...
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