Yes, I Said It Over At BygBaby’s!?
- heather_day said…
- from one of yours and my favorites, ms. damali ayo:
“That word is a tool of the oppressor. It always has been and it continues to be.”
Actually, anything – shopping at the GAP, attending grad school or buying gasoline – are tools of the oppressor, if mindlessly indulged in. We live in the oppressor’s house, eat his food, buy his creations. We pay his mortgage. So spare me the “tools of the oppressor” hambone. This computer is a tool – on his behalf or ours. Its how you use it.
The real problem is twofold: black and other people of color are ‘functional niggas’ in this society and globally. And we let the so-called oppressor get away with it. We allow it by our failure to work collectively and oppose – except with rhetoric – his behaviour. Complaining to and about the white man only enshrines his superiority.
Two, WE are addicted to symbolic, shallow demonstrations of our ‘discontent,’ be it perpetual marching, letter writing, whateva. That, as opposed to actually dealing with and healing our own black selves and our communities.
Erasing a word – which is an impossibility – ain’t gonna heal nobody. The kind of healing we need is a healing that makes one impervious to ‘harsh words’ or ‘nasty opinions’. If somebody can rock you with a word, I’d say your healing is incomplete.
We have a lot of hard work to do that we as a people are afraid to do – on an individual and group level. And we can’t shirk our responsibility to do this inner work. But, its far easier to indulge in ghetto histrionics. The masters of superficiality always crop up with ‘explanations that don’t explain and solutions that don’t solve.’
If you think you can ban a word, God bless you.