Anonymous asked: Concerning the "sand nigger"/"prarie nigger" issue, do you think the fact that the slur "nigger" is used for multiple races makes it okay for PoC who are not black to attempt to "reclaim" the word?
The point of adding “N*gger” to things is because it’s believed that the absolute worst thing anyone could be is a n*gger. Therefore, if you are a sand n*gger, you are as “Low” as “Bad” as “Not human” as a n*gger.
It’s always amusing (not really) when people pull the “But n*gger doesn’t necessarily mean Black” crap because yes, yes it does.
Reclaiming is for Black people because the very existence of the word wasn’t simply a derogatory term used to describe Black people but to state, very clearly, that “There’s nothing worse than” being a Black person.
It’s not for white people. It’s not for all People of Color. It’s for Black people and only Black people to reclaim. No exceptions. Not ever. Not under any circumstances. Not on MLK Day, Boxing Day, First day of school or last day of Spring. Not when your Mamma said it’s cool. Not when your Grandfather said it’s cool. Not today. Not yesterday. Not two weeks from now.
The constant and never ending demand for non-Black people wanting to say this word has nothing to do with the word itself. It’s merely the idea that there is someone, literally anything, that a Black person might be able to have that they can’t. Think about it, there are what, 500,000+ words to choose from but the only one non-Black people seem to want to say is the one, the only one, that’s only okay for Black people to say? Pfft!
It has fuck all to do with the word itself for them. They don’t care about history, about the pain it still causes to this day. They care that there is something they “Can’t” have. Even going so far as to call it racist that they aren’t allowed to use a word that’s explicit racist unless being reclaimed by a Black person.
You want to examine racism as it lives today? Start with someone who would say, without irony or pause, “It’s racist to say I’m not allowed to be racist.”