Self Hatred: The ‘N’ Word – A Term of Endearment or Enslavement
The first installment of the Self Hatred topic focuses on the usage of the word nigger in any form and how it effects the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Should Black people use the word nigger in any form, and why or why not?
2. What does the word nigger mean to you?
3. How do you feel when Whites and other races use the word?
The most charged word in the English lexicon is nigger in all of its forms. It stems from a place in American history that is linked to shame, pain, and misery. Used as an insult to all people of African decent, this word is just as likely today to start a riot as it was in the Civil Rights Movement nearly 60 years ago. However, through time and an ability to adapt the negative, Black people have turned the phrase into a “term of endearment,” and something to be quasi proud of. Use of the word in this manner has at times caused rifts between generations due to the negative connotation of the word to past generations. Due to our inconsistency pertaining to the use of the word and who is allowed to use the word, the Black race comes off as confused and ignorant to their own history. Does the use of the N word contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?
Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on 4/5/2014.
The N Word Part 1
The N Word Part 2
The N Word Part 3
Self Hatred: Stereotypes – Rising Down
The second installment of the Self Hatred topic focuses on stereotypes of Black people and how it effects the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Are Black people accurately stereotyped?
2. Which stereotype about Black people is least accurate to you and why?
3. Which stereotype is the most offensive towards Black people to you and why?
Every race suffers their own version of negative stereotypes, but none are quite as negative as those aimed towards Black people. If you were to stop for a second and try to think of all the negative stereotypes attached to Black people, you would be surprised at how many you could come up with. The issue becomes even more depressing when you are forced to look in the mirror to determine if you are complicit in perpetuating the negative stereotypes through your actions. Are We just as guilty as the people who created the stereotypes or is it all in Our heads and the heads of others? Do stereotypes contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?
Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on 09/13/2013.
Stereotypes Part 1
Stereotypes Part 2
Stereotypes Part 3