This thought actually came to me while giving a glaring look to one of my white co-workers. I work part-time in a factory that produces a vast majority of the chips Americaeats. My job is not for the faint of heart or heat. I’m a part of a crew of people who works on the weekend to clean the machines so that when Monday comes they can get them dirty all over again.
On this particular day, my co-worker, who, as I stated was white, had somehow managed to spray me with some hot water. I immediately turned around and shouted, “Ni**a!” (You know, like the woman did in Antwone Fisher.) There was a pause as we both looked at each other sideways. He had just been called a ni**a by a black guy. Oh, the irony. I’m sure he was thinking, “Ni**a, I’m not a ni**a you are!” Come to think of it his neck is rather red. He’s not a ni**a but at that time, at least in my eyes, he was acting like one because he wasn’t paying attention.
I realized then that the word ni**a will never die and that ni**as will not either. My African-American self has evolved so much that I now call white people ni**as, as the shoe fits. It is often an accurate depiction of them at least as far as I’m concerned. In my world, everyone is ethnic because we’re all mixed with something. In my world, people will always do things that are either stupid, ratchet or stupid and ratchet. This makes us all ni**as. Does the word still have negative connotation in reference to black people? Absolutely. However, in the grand scheme of things everybody is a ni**a because we all do ni**a things (somebody tweet this please).
All the black people on earth could die and ni**as would still live. Ni**as know how to survive. Just as sure as all black people die, white people would start calling each other ni**as. You see, Ni**as are stupid and creative at the same. Ni**as are dumb and idealistic at the same time. Ni**as are creative in the sense that they try things deemed stupid by everyone else but when it works everyone starts using it. In actuality, white people have always been ni**as. Take Thomas Edison for instance, He was stupid enough to believe that he could create a light bulb. He failed a bunch of times and people laughed at him, then one day it worked. Now we cannot live without light bulbs. Thomas Edison is a ni**a. Tweet that. James Naismith had this seemingly dumb idea to set up peach baskets on a tree and have kids shoot a ball through them. This ni**a’s idea would later become the sport of basketball and now ni**as all over the world are hooping. James Naismith was a ni**a.The term, “ni**a” will always be associated with black people thanks to the institution of slavery and our own multiple uses of the word. If I had a girlfriend right now, I’d be her ni**a. If I had a son, he would be my lil’ ni**a. If I have connections, I become THAT ni**a and according to my homeboys, we’re ni**as for life.
The Bible says somewhere that “the last shall be first and the first shall be last” just to paraphrase. In today’s society this is very apparent. Today, a ni**a can go anywhere, do everything and be anything that they desire. Ni**as are worldwide these days. And quiet as it is kept, everybody knows that nowadays, if you’re going to do anything in life, you’re going to need a ni**a, even if that ni**a is white. You see, ni**as are at the forefront of everything ranging from sports, music, fashion and even politics. And rightfully so, after all history has proven you can only hold a ni**a down for so long before he eventually comes up.
- TJ Holmes: ‘Yes, I still use the n-word’ (thegrio.com)