Over 400 hundred years ago the African Slave labour began.  Millions were torn from their land, parted from their families. Sold. Sold like a Cattle at the market. Prohibited to speak against the deprivation of their own human rights. Treated like nothing more than PROPERTY. Someone else’s property. Stripped of their identity, stripped of their African Heritage. Hollow shells stripped of all emotion made to work in silence. Silence with only the lord to hear their cries.

“Eh N***** get back to work”

A vulgar way to show their superiority over the Black man.

400 Years later and the Slave trade is now just another historical event taught in our history lessons.

An event that is only recollected for only one month throughout the entire year … ‘Black History Month’.

Yet the word that was once used to insult a Black person is repeated more now than it was in the past.

A word that was once used to insult African ancestors, is now used as a basic greeting and a manner of respect…. “Hello, my N*****”. How can a word that was once used as a slur now be used as a greeting?

A word that is now a standard lyric is many songs. When they write their songs, and every other word is N*****. Do they not think? Do they not remember? Was that not a reality?

Society has twisted a word that’s origin is a story that lasts over 500 years and turned it into ‘just another word.’ Do they not see what that word symbolises? It symbolises the years of blood, sweat and tears of the African people. It symbolises the mother’s prayers for the children that were taken. The years of Black people fighting for their rights. The countless attempts to escape that word. To escape that reality. It symbolises the generation of children born into slavery, sold even before they enter the world. Given their title as a slave even before they are given the title of a child. Branded a N***** before they are branded Human.

How can such a word be normalised?

How can such a word be a common lyric in the many songs we hear today?

How can the reality of that word be forgotten so easily?

There have also been many occurrences whereby present Black people believe that their African heritage gives them validation to use such a word. However, surely your black background should be more of a reason not to use this word. There should be a strong hatred towards such a word. Our ancestors did not go through years of suffering to have their future generation use the word they died trying to stop from being used.

Your African heritage should be more of a reason to stand against the use of this word.

 

Spoken World

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