10.30.2009

Frustrated Friday #4-- Nigga(h) Please, Because Adding an 'h' Makes All The Difference

Working as a diversity advocate/CommUNITY Educator at a Big 10 university I hear and see a lot; but, when a co-worker, during our wed. night staff meeting, brought this story (below) to my attention I laughed hard. In fact, I was tickled pink. Perhaps it was my co-workers vibrant retelling which shielded the extent to this (below) teacher's genuine ignorance but, the laughter has now turned to anger and disappointment. The video is below for each of you to form your own opinions.The real question is what in the hell of it made this foolio think that adding an 'h' so a word would make it any less offensive? Get real.




I ask that you leave your thoughts, comments, etc positive or negative below but, let me share mine first. The 'N word is not now, nor will it ever be 'ok' to say. Be it a classroom, a school yard, a hallway, a grocery, church, hell or else where there is simply too much hurt and morever history attached to the word for anyone to simply turn the other cheek--other rather the other ear. I do not care what color you are or what hood you are from, it is unacceptable.

4 comments:

Autumn said...

I was loling so hard when he was like "Can you lend a nigga a pencil?"

Stephanie said...

It's true that's it's used as slang by some African American's frequently. However, if you're white, especially in a position of authority, you just can't use it, period. Very, very, poor judgement on this man's part.

camilia said...

wow. Honestly, part of me thinks he truly just didn't understand. You can see it in his face. And I think it is probably incredibly difficult to be a high school teacher, and try to understand where your students are coming from. Yes, it is incredibly wrong to say it. And I agree with the comment before me, white people can't use it. He should know better though. I think he learned his lesson too.

Anonymous said...

how freaking ignorant. Sue his dumb arse