Fat Nick, "Nigger" and "Nigga"

Now we move to Fat Nick. Fat Nick is in hot water for attacking black youths with a baseball bat in Howard Beach after one of them tried to break into his car and blurting out the word “nigger or nigga” in the attack.

In the past I have defended Fat Nick because I believe that I might have done the same thing had someone been breaking into my car and that he would have attacked anyone who tried to break into his vehicle and if Fat Nick would have tried to break into a vehicle on Rockaway and Blake in Brownsville he would be lucky to have been beaten with a bat and not been shot.

What Fat Nick is doing now, has me wondering if this case is going to being a cultural landmark. The argument from Fat Nicks lawyer will be that he didn’t use the word “nigger” but used the word “nigga” in the beating. He will say that Fat Nick had a lot of black freinds and they used the word nigga all the time in referring to one another and that amongst the hip-hop generation everyone calls one another nigga. The defense will also then point out that Fat Nick is no racist and that he not only has black friends but he attends a Bible study with a group of black women.

Now some may immediately say this is bullshit; but I will not. When I as a teenager and older hanging out on the streets we all called each other nigga; black, white and brown. “whats good nigga…what up my nigga…that niggaz crazy….man, fuck that nigga…where that nigga at, etc, etc, etc”. It wasnt the nigger of white suburbia, but the nigga of hip-hop and hip-hop didn’t invent the term it came from the streets of the black community. What hip-hop did is expose the word to whites, Latinos and others to were they now use it on one another. On a personal note I now find it all rather foolish since it is a word that has a history to it that is tied to lynching, murder, slavery and oppression and should not be used lightly. It is not appropriate for people to use this word in referring to one anther and it is doubly not appropriate for white people. But, there is a difference between in appropriate and racist and amongst the young generation the word nigga is not used in a racist way in many cases.

On that note actor and comedian Damon Wayans is tryng to patent the word nigga.

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