So I was reading my monthly VIBE magazine the other day and ran across something I thought was very interesting. On the last page of the VIBE magazine, they list 20 burning questions in African American cultural. Some of the questions are very relevant and some or just for kicks, but in the latest 20 questions there was one that read, "Whose bright idea was it to create niggaspace.com."
I figure since they mentioned it in the magazine, I would check out just to see what it was all about.
Below is the opening passage...
"Welcome to NiggaSpace.com This site is for you, if you feel it! Meet new people, make new friends and keep in touch with current friends. So if you want to meet some chill people, create an account!"
"This site is in no way meant to be racist. A common endearing term used by many black people is, "nigga" not to be confused with a different and offensive term, "nigger". The word, "nigga" is in rap songs, daily conversations, on TV, etc. yet the word still has so much mixed emotions attached. One of my intentions is for this word to no longer have such mixed emotions. Part of my intention for this site is for the word nigga to embody images of brotherhood, and fraternity rather than images of ignorance and hate. How great would it be, if the mixed emotions that this word carries along with it, were stripped down to something more positive? Only positive. Of course there are going to be two sides to this, but just know that intentions are noble. So create an account, and start the revolution!"
Even though I shouldn't have to ask something so trivial, but I feel I must "Are you serious people?" What the #%$@ has happened to black people...people in general for that matter? Of all the things to name a Internet social site, this is the one that "Tyrone" decided to use. The word "nigger" and "brotherhood" should and never will be the same. This words does not create untiy. I don't think the reason he gave was valid or well thought out. I think it's just a way for someone to make money, all while trying to be controversial. Let's all say it together, "Publicity Stunt".
There is conflicting popular opinion on whether there is any meaningful difference between "nigga" and "nigger" as a spoken term. Many people consider the terms to be equally derogatory, and the use of nigga both in and outside African American communities remains controversial.
H. Lewis Smith, author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Affair with the N-word, believes that "replacing the 'er' with an 'a' changes nothing other than the pronunciation".
I am not sure how many of you remember when Chris Rock had a routine "Niggas vs. Black People" that distinguished a nigga, which he defined as a "low-expectation-having motherfucker", from a "black person".
Excuse me for calling you out "my brother", but I must. Where's Don Imus when you(I) need him to throw the bull$&%# flag. This site is just another way that people keep bringing people down.
I can't believe people are actually joining and participating in a site like this. Here we go again. One step forward for man kind and 2 steps back for the "niggers". I am sorry, the "niggas". Since the words are soooooo different. Saying this sounds stupid, but looking at on paper it sounds even crazier.
"I'm calling Jesse, dammit!"
"...the very fact that debate is ongoing regarding in-ethnic-group usage, shows that a substantial composite of African Americans find the term "nigga" to be offensive."