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Today I am going to talk about a subject that may be controversial to some and nonchalant to others. I am going to give you MY point of view of the N-Word. When I say N-Word, I am talking about the word Nigger/Nigga. The spelling doesn’t really matter, I believe it to be derogatory no matter how you put it. I am going to speak on the damage that this word has caused in the past and what it has done for mankind in general. Before I into the “meat & potatoes” of my rant, first, I would like to give you the Webster’s Dictionary meaning of the word.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, Nigger – (nig-ger), a noun, a contemptuous (contemptuous means showing contempt; scornful) term for a black or dark-skinned person; the word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective Niger (“color black”). Often used disparagingly, by the mid 20th Century, particularly in the United States, it suggested that its target is extremely unsophisticated. Its usage had become unambiguously pejorative (pejorative means expressing contempt or disapproval), a common ethnic slur usually directed at blacks of Sub-Saharan African descent. On the same token, Nigger/Nigga, used in our current generation, many individuals say that they use the word as a term of endearment.
I am not going to be “that black person” that says or go above and beyond to make the average american think that I am the most politically correct person on the planet and have never used the word; it was due to my ignorance and someone made me feel like it was okay for me to use, because I was taught it was a term of endearment. Before finding the correct information and I finally decided to take the “ignorance blindfold” off, I tried to make myself believe that it was okay; also, okay for black people to say it to each other. Now, what’s crazy or ridiculous is, if a white person or someone with lighter skin than the person who is “allowed” to say it, uses the word, it becomes a problem because automatically that person is being racist. Who is the approving authority? Society? People around you at the time the word was said? What if that same person who “isn’t allowed” to use the word, says to a person with dark skin, they were not using it in an anti-derogatorist way and they were not trying to be racist. Does that make it okay then?
I know there are Black Americans across this country that would say the last example I explained is the way it’s meant to be.I, Jared J. Gober, Leader of the Regulars, also, A proud Black American Man, 100% and whole-heartedly would have to disagree that percentage of Black America. It doesn’t matter what someone says or how educated they may be, the word is not a term of endearment. Keep in mind, that this is only, MY opinion and mine alone, so don’t try and put every other Black American in this category. There is also a percentage of Black America that will say, because I am making the word off limits to everyone, no matter what color they are, that I am not doing our race any justice. How, you ask? Because, Black Americans were able to take a word that was meant to be derogatory and put us down, was taken and turned into something that we are finally okay with, between each person of the same skin color, Right?If the rest of the world also thought like this, then it would be okay, but the rest of the world DOES NOT think this way. When someone calls another human being a Nigger/Nigga, they are not trying to express love or affection for the intended target. During the Civil Rights Era, there were individuals that lost their lives because they wanted equality. Paid the ultimate sacrifice for future Black Americans to have the chance to live in a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter your skin color or ethnic background.
This word will never go away, Why? The fact is because of ignorance; because individuals are using the word as a term of endearment; because individuals are ignorant and continue to use the word in a derogatory manner. There are other races, ethic backgrounds and individuals with lighter skin using this word between themselves, because they are showing love or affection for a brother/sister that’s just like they are. Does this NOW make it right? NO! Never will. Nigger is used in the music and entertainment and it’s becoming more accepted because the industry doesn’t cater to ONE specific race/ethnicity. Because we accept it from an artist, does this also make it okay? In no way am I saying that an artist should alter or change the way they express themselves, but take the word Nigger/Nigga and replace it with something else.What? I don’t know. There are creative individuals in the world we live in, it’s going to take someone to finally take charge and erase the word from books of today and keep them out of the books of the future. I believe it should be taught, so everyone knows about the struggle, but don’t dwell on it. Yes, there is going to be those people that will take it and run with it, but we have to be strong individuals and do what Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman etc. wanted us to do.
All they wanted was equality. Can their souls finally rest in peace knowing that what they fought for, were spit on for, sprayed with water hoses for, stopped by the National Guard for; it was done for a reason and not in vain? Another fact not talked about much in the history books is, it wasn’t only black people fighting for black people, but the same individuals that we as Black America blame, the reason we are in this country today were also fighting for equality of America. Soon enough, one of these days it will be okay for everyone on this planet to be a human being and everyone will forget about discriminating/segregating/using violence against another race. Wishful thinking? I hope not. We will get it together one of these days. I hope for the sake of the future America it’s soon.
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When will we as Americans start to recognize each other as Americans instead of a Social Class, Race, Ethnicity or any other category you can dream up? From what I’ve seen, the only time the United States becomes “United,” it takes a major event such as a terrorist attack, to happen on our front porch. It’s very frustrating to hear people from all walks of life complain about how this race/ethnicity is this way or a certain religion is bad because of this or that. Instead, how about we say, we as Americans have all types of issues, what can be done to fix them? Whether you believe it or not, or are willing to accept it, we are all Americans. Yes, I know there are those that are American through a process of paperwork and not by birthright, but why are we all treated differently?

A lot of individuals are willing to sacrifice their lives just to escape one way of living so they can achieve the “American Dream,” meaning, they want what seems to be a better life and also have the right to be able to make their own decisions and so forth. I also realize that there are a large number of illegal immigrants in America (Different Topic). I am not going to sit here and tell you that at some point in my life that I have never been prejudice against another race or religion of certain people because of an irreversible act of Terrorism. I will admit and I am not ashamed to say that after the individuals that were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and they were identified that I contained a strong hate for people of the Middle-Eastern Decent/Muslim faith. That is a very ignorant way of thinking, I know, but I wasn’t or didn’t want to be educated at the time, because I thought it was the right thing to do. It took me having to be deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan and forced to interact with some common individuals in those countries to realize that you can’t blame an entire religion or a group of people because they have a couple of “misguided” children. I won’t take all the blame for this hatred either, some of that hate can be attributed to the way the media portrayed these people at that time. It took me to see with my own eyes there are people in these countries that don’t have a radical way of thinking and they don’t wake up everyday with the thought of killing Americans or Foreign Troops on their mind.

America has come a long way since the days of slavery and segregation, but there is still a large number of ethnic groups (not just Black) who think that they are owed something by White Americans. I didn’t realize these ethnic groups are being forced to America in large numbers, packed to the brim of a ship for months on end with barely enough food and water; I didn’t realize these ethnic groups are still being beat up, attacked by dogs, deterred by the National Guard because they want to attend a certain University for higher learning. I understand what individuals in that era had to endure and I am not saying forget about it, how about we honor those individuals by coming together, so as they look down on us, they will be able to say, “I now understand why I had to endure pain and suffering; so the future America doesn’t have to.” It’s no longer a Race, Ethnic or Social Class thing, it’s an America thing. We all struggle with the lack of proper education, lack of motivation to get a job, lack of respect for our elders, lack of regard for law enforcement/authority in general, etc. I could go on, but what is that going to do other than make you wish that I would shut up? Instead of segregating a certain race or ethnic group, how about we work together as 1 group, Americans, and tackle this problem together. If we continue to separate ourselves, this process will happen continuously.

That also rings true when we set out to the polls to elect our officials of Government, whether it be City, County, State or Federal Levels. If we as Americans are not taking advantage of our right to vote and are voting for the right reasons then it’s our fault that the individual we elect does not meet the expectations set forth. I honestly think, no matter which party is in control, someone, somewhere is still going to complain. Its very hard to make everyone happy. I’m sure not many Black Americans will admit to this, but I didn’t vote for President Barak Obama solely because he was black, I voted for him in the 2008 Presidential Election, because I thought he was going to finally get this country back on track. I had hope and believed in what he said. It’s now 2014 and it feels like we are “marching in place,” because the same individuals we elected (The House, Senate and Congress) seem to want to pacify the rest of the world instead of making sure the people in its country are taken care of, but that’s a whole different issue. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand we have to uphold our foreign relations, because that’s just how it works, but I don’t agree with making another country happy with the sacrifice of innocent men and women. (That’s an entirely different issue; don’t get me going!)

In order for America to fix itself, we as Americans need to stop thinking of “self “and start thinking of “us.” There is a small percentage of individuals that have my way of thinking and I am sure any changes of this magnitude will not be seen in my lifetime, hopefully for my children. Maybe they will get it right. There are going to be those that read this and will be able to take bits and pieces from this; it’s a start. Now only if we could get our elected officials on the same page. Its time for America to take back America and stop letting an individual think for us. We all know what we want, we just need to stop depending on someone else to try to figure out what it is.

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