Skip to main content

ARE YOU A NIGGER?

ARE YOU A NIGGER?
I was battling with my assignment last night, Natural sciences precisely. Mehn! That stuff bores students in the faculty of arts. I turned on my data to read people's status update on BBM and guess what i saw, a heart-breaking status update "That's my nigger." Natural science is s horror. I had a reason for running away from sciences in high school. That status update is worse. It's funny how Nigerians use some slangs because we want to be "Americanized" and we want to fit into a society that doesn't accept us. .................
We want to be trendy, how pathetic! Ever wondered why the term "black American" or "nigger" is rarely used in literature now? Oh, you are not aware that they are now called "Afro-Americans?" You seriously want to know why? It's because the term "black" is offensive. Why not "white Americans?" In my little study of American literature, i feel I've learnt a lot about racism and the way the African-Americans feel about the term. It is racism that inspired the African-Americans to write. Joseph Conrad in his book titled Heart of Darkness portrays Africa as the heart of darkness. He wrote what he felt was the lifestyle of the Africans and published for public consumption. His work inspired Chinua Achebe to write Things Fall Apart, portraying the real image of Africa and correcting the wrong impression people had about Africa and Africans.
Back to our bone of contention, do you have any idea what the word "nigger" means? The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines the term as an offensive word which means black. The dictionary further warns us not to use this word. It's not our slang. We should try to be ourselves. Don't try so hard to be Americanized, it won't ne appreciated because your are not white. Speak good English and spend more time correcting your bad English than trying to have an American accent. You seriously think that when you have that accent that or when you bleach your skin and you travel down there you will be welcomed? No, you won't be welcomed because you are an African. They are the higher beings while we are the lesser beings, right? African-Americans in America have fought so hard to completely eradicate racism which of course we know is not possible. We can only reduce it by helping the African-Americans eliminate the word from our vocabulary. Eliminating it completely doesn't make you less trendy. You are not a tar baby, you are not a nigger, you are not a negro, you are not a black baby, you are not from the heart of darkness, you are an African. Let's say no to racism, let them know that we matter, let us uphold our culture, our pride. Let them know that we completely abhor racism. Proudly an African.
WOGU GIFT OGECHI
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

20 REASONS TO JOIN AIESEC

If you have been curious about improving your leadership skills or joining the best student extra curriculum organisation eveer! then you're in luck because AIESEC is interested in YOU. Quickly go through these reasons to join AIESEC today.1. Go on a work abroad experience, develop your leadership skills.2.Network and meet new people in your university, around Nigeria and in 110 countries we are present in.3. Be a part of a network of ambitious and talented AIESEC leaders around the world and utilize this network for the rest of your life.4. Get the opportunity to travel to different places through the various conferences within and outside Nigeria.5. Find a suitable Mentor who can guide you through your career decisions and many life experiences.6. Cultivate a global mindset and develop entrepreneurial outlook in a flexible and customizable work environment.7. Increase awareness on things outside your text book through practical international experience and on the job learning.8.…

I'm a Buffer Girl pour l'Amour

I’ve always known true love exists; always and convincingly known. 

September 23, Age 23

I have been called a lot of things; ‘weird’, ‘real’, ‘cynical’, ‘kind’, ‘beautiful’, ’impatient’, ‘good’, ‘mean’, ‘free’ and ‘quiet’. 
There’s a lot more, but that’d take up a lot of space (bet you get the idea).
And over the years, while some of these things momentarily defined me, might still try to even, I know that is not the case. This is because I have gradually come to the understanding that people will just drop words or phrases of who they think you are. Or better still who they might want you to be, to them_ I don’t know why humans do this, but we do.

No denying some of those words make up the person that I am but in my gradual process of self-awareness and understanding I have learnt so far that I cannot dwell on those adjectives to determine who I am.

Of course, this might come as a string of blah blahs and yapping, but I have had myself, my body and soul for 23 years and I can say boldly that no one has the right to define me or anyone else for that matter.

This is not t…