Have you ever felt that Black America has tread so many miles to break the bonds of segregation and be free, to be known not as negroes, but as African-Americans?
Yet, still our people are held back because of the use of the “N-Word.”
In today’s society, African-Americans are the generators of popular slang and others follow what we do. The “N-Word” is one of those words that African-American uses every single day. Many other races have adapted this word in there everyday use.
It’s ignorant for African-Americans to use this word, let alone other races.
It seems like African-Americans would know why not to use this word. We went through so many struggles to eliminate this word use as an insult and weapon against us. Now the “N-word” is a nationwide thing to say in youth culture. What happened to the gains we made against the word? What happened to respect?
Most people who use the word, including many at Logan, use this word to relate to their friends, brothers or sisters. Why can’t they just use their friends' names instead of this racial slur? On their birth certificate it doesn’t say “N-Word;” It says the names their parents gave them, so start referring to their actual names.
Are we not getting educated enough not to use this word?
To know that our predecessors worked hard, suffered and struggle to pave the way for us and we now repay them by using the “N-Word” they worked to eliminate, makes us just as bad as those who enslaved our people.
It shows how non-educated black people really are, how we don’t show pride in our race and our culture, how we don’t correct those other people that say the “N-word’ word, but instead label them as cool.
This word is destruction to our culture; it hurts our communities and societies. The use of this word degrades who we really are and shows how litle respect we have for ourselves and other people, as well.
It shows how much hate we have for who we are and how we don’t care about leaders like Martin Luther King that worked to eliminate this word.
There's a saying: “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything." If African-Americans don’t stand up and say stop using this word, then our society will crumble into pieces.