My man PunkJohnnyCash of Gonzo Times shared the following video with me a couple of days ago. Since then, I’ve watched it at least ten times, and I gotta admit, I’m still a bit confused about it.

Sorry, but when Papa Smurf dressed in a Harley Davidson t-shirt breaks it down and mentions, “my daddy always said nigger,” I seriously gotta question the true intent of the message. No old-ass white guy from the south is gonna convince me that the word is not exclusively used to reference to black people.

The real irony here, is that this message was brought to you by the good Christian folks of doveworld.org. You know, the same people who on September 11th, 2010, will be sponsoring a “Burn A Koran Day,” at their church in Gainesville, FL? Yeah I know, there’s no double standard there at all; Jesus never said “Love thy neighbor’s Qu’ran as you love your bible thyself,” right?

I dunno, but maybe I’m buggin’; seeing white folks smile as they say the word was a bit uncomfortable. Well, maybe not uncomfortable, but rather telling that the “niggerization” in America has yet to be passe.
“The fundamental irony of American history is that we follow the better angels of our nature when we honestly and compassionately confront the devilish realities we would like to ignore or deny. The founding of this most American of periodicals was motivated, in part, by a courageous resistance against the American institution of white- supremacist slavery. We must never forget that when this grand intellectual forum was established, the precious U.S. Constitution was, in practice, a pro-slavery document. To put it clearly yet crudely, the deep democratization of America was pitted against the ugly niggerization in America.

Democratization is the best of the American idea—in principle and practice. The sublime notion that each and every ordinary person has a dignity that warrants his or her voice being heard in shaping the destiny of society remains a revolutionary force in the 21st century—in the face of the power of autocratic empires, plutocratic states, and xenophobic communities. Niggerization is neither simply the dishonoring and devaluing of black people nor solely the economic exploitation and political disenfranchisement of them. It is also the wholesale attempt to impede democratization—to turn potential citizens into intimidated, fearful, and helpless subjects.

Since the ugly events of 9/11, we have witnessed the attempt of the Bush administration—with elites in support and populists complacent—to promote the niggerization of the American people. Like the myopic white greed, fear, and hatred that fueled the niggerization of black people, right-wing greed, fear, and hatred have made all of us feel intimidated, fearful, and helpless in the face of the terrorist attacks. And, as in the 19th century, we’ve almost lost our democracy.

The future of the American idea—both then and now, here and abroad—depends on the vision, courage, and determination of decent and compassionate people to engage in Socratic questioning of the powers that be, to take the risk of prophetic witness, and to preserve a hope for democratization. Our nation and world now have the blues, so we must learn from our blues people—from the grand examples of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Myles Horton, and Muriel Rukeyser. The American practice of niggerization must die for the American idea of democratization to live—yet again.” – Dr. Cornel West (source)Which brings me to the Socratic question(s):
1) Why is it that “certain people” always reference black comedians, rappers, or black people period, and not the guy at the Klan rally when trying to make a point on the use of the word?

2) How come nobody ever says: “I think if the Klansman can say the word ‘nigger’ while speaking publicly at one of their rallies on Main St., then I should be able to use the word without fear of retribution or ridicule?” Wasn’t the “standard” set by White Supremacists?

3) Can black people be “racist” when the longtime fostered cultural hegemony continues to leaves them collectively powerless relative to the non-minority group?

4) Does being a “nigger” require one to be, “looking like a fool wit yo’ pants on the ground..”?Talk to me people…