Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Is it time to bury the N word?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18390539/?GT1=9951 The NAACP buried Jim Crow 63 years ago in a symbolic funeral. In 2o years against all odds, we had comprehensive civil rights laws. Now they wish to do the same to the "n" word. This word is a holdover from slavery. It was a deeply pejorative word. We were not even considered worthy of being referred to as Negros. It was usually accompanied with worthless, dirty, lazy, dumb or some other degrading term. Our words are a reflection of our reality.

Even though the barriers of Jim Crow are gone, the damage done to our (black) community lingers. Words like nigger are a Jim Crow of the mind. They are becoming a self identifying, self imprisoning Jim Crow. The worst part is we pay money for the privilege in music and entertainment.

I hope in the next 20 years, we will see the end to the "n" word except in history. Way to go NAACP, may this effort be successful.

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