WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Many of us within the black community have become so accustomed to calling one another n*gga, b*itch, hoe, thug and every other derogatory name that we don’t even pay attention to the effect it has on our psyche. It strips us of our greatness that we once held dear to us. It further takes us away from knowing that we were once Kings and Queens. There are numerous people who justify the use of these words especially n*gga and b*itch. Claiming them to be words of endearment and not really taking the responsibility of putting these words out into the universe for all to hear and use. Yes we live in a world where there is clearly free speech giving you every right to use these words as you see fit, yet outside races feel denied this same “unwritten” right that we in the black community have for calling one another n*gga or b*itch.
I’m not saying that we don’t have the right to call one another by these terms, but I am saying we should ask ourselves why we see fit to do so. Would your homeboy be any less your homeboy if you didn’t refer to him as your n*gga? Would your best girlfriend still be as important without being referred to as your b*itch? Why is it so hard to embrace one another as Kings and Queens versus n*ggas and b*itches? Wouldn’t you feel more empowered to be referred to as your friend’s fellow King or Queen?
Would we be better off and more understanding of one another if we stopped addressing each other as n*ggas and b*itches? Would we find it easier to unify with our fellow Kings and Queens than with the distrusted name of our fellow n*ggas and b*itches? You may say its not important how we greet or refer to one another, but think of how much it grates your ears to hear our younger generation running around calling each other n*ggas and b*itches. Then imagine how different their mindsets would be if they embraced the titles of Kings and Queens and felt the need to act as such because the examples there were seeing displayed as much. You don’t have to agree and you can think there’s really nothing to it, but ask yourself what’s really in a name.