My nigga. Such fuss over a word…”Nigga” is a word I use. “Nigga” is a word I will continue to use.
The talk of banning the word is an emotional argument I never understood. Sticks and stones, right?
It happened in rural southern Georgia, I remember riding bikes with my cousin past the nearest house. This is on a dirt road, you know: Dusty shack raised on brick stilts and slats. A pale Klan padawan playing by the porch spits its venom. “Get Away Nigger.” I mostly ignored the attempt at insult, and went on back to grandmas house. My younger “sista cousin” appeared a little more flustered, and may have shared a rebuttal. I remember feeling something like a need to say something or tell, or react. Not because I felt disrespected, yet, because I had a sense that was expected of me.

Check it, I never felt bad about being ‘black’. Baby, I wouldn’t trade it. If “nigga” was my designation or qualification, I’ll take it.

I’ll take it back again to suburban Maryland snowy season. I was a “militant” middle schooler strolling to the favorite local sub spot with his homie. Melanin-deficient adolescents race by in a blue pickup altered for all terrain. Their rifles were visibly resting on the roll bar. Perhaps, because they were packing they felt compelled to yell out. “NIGGER!”  What was young Kala’s response? A fist thrust straight up through the frosty fog. I stepped to the middle of the street. My compadre seemed shook. He wanted to walk through the woods or turn back. I welcomed another run in. I Smiled at the humor I found in the slur they thought they had hurled. The whole picture was funny. To me.

Trust. I speak to the condition of my spirit. In neither situation was I afraid or offended.
Perhaps because I am ‘dark brown in complexion, strong stature, tall and even described as handsome.’
Shit, thinking about it, my partner was pretty short and pudgy… That has nothing to do with nothing. But the term Nigger has quite a bit to do with recognition of ‘Black’ skin.

NTR/N-G-R, (Net-ger), Negus, Negashi, Naga, Ngola, Niger, Negre, Negro

There’s been niggas in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Angola. Long before Negro was ‘borrowed and degraded’ by colonists and colonialist, it was synonymous with “God.” I’m not interested in letting ignorance belittle a divine title. Like a wimpish, Impish, little kid making fun of a big brother, the more retarded culture made a mockery of our names. Slavery put the “nigger” name in heavy rotation. Yet, I must say, some of us have never been slaves. Some of us have not had our relationship with the Creator tainted.
I can understand how the elders may have felt. My father and family has shared their ‘I was called nigger’ stories with me. They didn’t out number or appear more threatening than mine. Racism tools don’t change much. The instigating and brow beating surely can get tiresome after awhile. Some of the people have grown weary of hearing it. White and black alike are probably tired of the ability of alphabets to cause beef. We don’t need anymore fighting words.

Yet, as I approached adulthood, I was intrigued. Why did this derogatory term resonate with me? Hip hop certainly had its influence. The culture of the proletariat embraced “nigga” greatly. Our youth use it fluently. Emcees empowered it. Coming of age in rap music’s golden era, I considered myself to be a ‘Neo nigga of the 90’s’. Q Tip, of A Tribe called Quest, may have said it best. Nigga on its own is not demeaning. Its more about what type of Nigga you are. Do you tarnish your God-status? What adjectives do we choose to align with a divine title?


The ‘N’ word stays on my lips. It doesn’t slip. When Nigga is spoken, its well calculated. And, I don’t care who you are or how you say it. The Negritude of Niggas, is a reminder of our greatness. Consider it a mantra as a means to reclaiming it. So, I say, “Peace every Nigga, whoever you are.”

 

LIST OF NAMES FROM THE ORIGINAL TERM FOR “GOD” AND “NEGRO/BLACK”

 

N-G-R (net-ger) Ancient Egyptian for God

Net-tyr (Net-ger) Khemitic/ancient Egyptian = God, Sacred, Nature

Net-tyr (Net-ger)

Negus (Nee-goos) Ethiopian term for “Emperor.”

Negashi (Nee-gah-shee) Ethiopian term for “Emperor or King.”

Niger: Roman/Latin term for Black or Negro

Negre: French for Negro or Black

Negro: Spanish for Black

“Nigger” racist, corrupted term used to insult, degrade, enfuriate.

Nigga: (pronounced “nig-gah), used as a term of endearment by some youth; rejected by others as sounding too close to the racist term “Nigger.”

Netzer (as in Nazerine) Hebrew for “root, original)

Naga (South Indian and African term) (Black Negro tribes of India and Africa – Sudan to Nigeria) = original

Nagaloka – The Black Negro, Negro-Australoid, Indo-Negroid/Sudroid
lands and people in Asia (India to Indonesia)
(see more from the book, “Nagaloka,’ by M. Gopinath (Dalit Sahitya Akademy, Bangalore, India) also see “A History of Racism and Terrorism, and Overcoming,” atwww.xlibris.com

Ndaba (Manding-Congo/South Africa) = A counsil of wise people, kings, chiefs, ect.

Ngola (Manding-C.. “King/Lord”

Nkosi = God (Zulu, South Africa)

Ngosi = blessing (Ibo, Nigeria)

Nyamekye = God’s Gift (Akan, Ghana)

Nile (Egypt, Sacred River)

Niger (West Africa; Sacred River)

Niger (country in West Africa)

Nigeria (country in West Africa)

“The English slave owners degraded and defiled the entire name by turning the Negro into a slave and turning the original term “Ned-ger” or “God” into the racist term “Nigger.” One can say that they have insulted the sacred name for “God” and have oppressed the original people created by God. This phenomena is due to their own sense of inferiority” –via All Empires