Saturday, July 31, 2004

He said Nigger!!!!

In response to Johnny M's post found below: There is an Indo-Canadian at my work who will refer to himself or 'his people' as brown. He says, "...oh, that's funny, cause we brown people do (this or that)..." and if I'm to say to him, 'brown people,' (and I have), he doesn't say anything. Like, I mean, in the spooky silent disconcerting sort of way. It's like he's allowed to say brown but I'm not. Similarly, African-Americans can run around calling themselves niggers, or like, Canadian First-Nations peoples call themselves Indians. This is what frustrates me, cause when you hang out with someone long enough, you start to talk like them, or at least inherit some of their sayings. When I hung out with these Aussie guys for a few days, I found myself starting to say 'mate', or 'petrol' instead of gas, or things like that. Now thats ok, cause they don't really mind, (not like the English girl I met yesterday...). But if I hang out with an African American who calls himself a nigger, and eventually one day I call him nigger, I'll feel really bad! As a friend he may not even care, but I will. Especially if there are other 'niggers' around, you know? And here's my point. I would love to see racism dissappear as much as the next guy, but I think the most important thing is to start with ourselves. If I look at myself and see a skinny white boy, I'm going to look at other people as 'NOT skinny white boy', and that is the starting point for racism. Niggers, brownies, mennonites, we all do it. We all separate ourselves from the others by labelling our own groups in seemingly derogatory ways. I think maybe this is the key to understanding racism, and the key to helping minimize it.

4 Comments:

Blogger johnny m said...

interesting point. however, i feel the need to point out one small correction. anyone who is african-american and uses the slang term that you're referring to will point out the difference between "nigger" and "nigga". and, yes, some "black" people hate all of those slang terms. then again, why does anyone need to use any "n" word? "homie" is a safe word. but, if i interpret your post correctly, you're more a fan of the "no colors" vs. "many colors" point of view. that's 1 for the "no colors" team. anyone else care to weigh in?

7/31/2004 6:52 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

I'm a no colours guy as long as the different people can maintain their distinct ethnicities and cultures. In the end though, you're right, with the view of one human race, differences in other thngs like ethnicities and cultures will just take the place of racism. Anyways, uhm... I'm just rambling now.

7/31/2004 11:51 PM  
Blogger Aslan said...

I am unsure of where i stand on this issue. I am all for no racism, but at the same time i have 'nigga' friends, and a couple asian friends and i make racial jokes with them, and they are fine with it, but that is because i have a relationship with these people and they understand i am making these jokes out of love, not out of racism. So yeah that's all i have for my 2 cents.

8/23/2004 2:27 PM  
Blogger johnny m said...

that's exactly my problem, though. i don't know if i would ever have the balls to make those jokes even if the person on the receiving end was a friend. you could take a chance, but it may very well backfire. if they find it funny, you know more where you stand. if they find it offensive, you may lose a friend.

8/25/2004 7:35 PM  

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