**I know; it's long, but it must be to tackle such a sensitive issue -- take your time, no need to read it all in one sitting**
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney * March 17, 1777 - October 12, 1864
Of course Black/Nigga History month is well under way and this one is not without it’s share of controversies thanks to comments by Ms. Stacy Dash, calling for the abolition of Black History Month, as well as what many are calling the “whitest Oscars” in recent memory. As a side note, I would like the thank the Academy of Motion Pictures for NOT nominating “Straight Out of Compton” for a little gold statue. We’ll get into that in a minute.
Stacy Dash did not actually use the word abolition when referring to Black History Month; I added it, because in American Culture the word abolition means: the action or act of abolishing a system, practice, or institution. An Abolitionist, is a person who favors the abolition of a system, practice or institution. Most Americans who can read associate the term abolitionist with the end of the institution of slavery. My purpose for writing this essay is a call for a new Abolitionist Movement in America, one that would finally set a people free from the psychological, social, and ideological disaster referred to as Black/Nigga Culture.
For the record, my opposition to the ideology of Blackness goes back to the very moment of its inception, a mere 50-years ago in the 1960s, when Colored, Negroes, Mulattoes, and High Yellow Negroes decided to collectively identify themselves as a Black people, without understanding the devastating implications of being ignorant to the meaning of words and their cultural significance. Almost immediately I began to witness the change, which led to the heartache, pain, misery, and suffering that is most pervasive among so-called Black peoples today.
My heart goes out to MarShawn M. McCarrel II, of Black Lives Matter who recently shot himself dead on the steps of the Ohio State House, no doubt as a result of succumbing to his own personal demons. In many ways his struggle for acceptance is indicative of the frustration many so-called Black millennials face each day growing up in America. It is a frustration that has been passed down from one generation to the next and has evolved from 400-years of struggling in a country that had made its hostile intentions abundantly clear from the very beginning of our association.
Fifty years ago, the struggle culminated in a complete loss of confidence in the illusion of Civil Rights, after signing a treaty in 1964 that was supposed to lift people of color into the mainstream of American society. It was this backlash to the realization of being played, once again, by the Anglo-Saxon establishment, as well as an inept Black leadership in a series of fatal missteps that kept Negroes living on modern-day plantations, a.k.a., ghettoes. This of course lead to self-imposed segregation in the name of seeking an identity “all our own” from the rest of society, reinforced by the re-writing of history.
For the previous three-hundred and fifty years of our existence upon this soil not a single accomplishment, step forward, or advancement of our people was accomplished without the help of countless individuals from all walks of life, races, and ethnicities. Yet, the one thing we did on our own – becoming a Black people – essentially marked the moment in history when we officially lost our minds and turned our backs on the rest of America, by choosing a false ideology that led to the current state of affairs within the so-called Black community, epitomized by a Black Lives Matter activist who cared little for his own life.
But the identification of selves as a Black people in the 1960s, while rejecting our one, true identity as simply Americans, was merely the foundation upon which we would coalesce to continue in the quest to destroy ourselves!
After the ideological break from the rest of American Culture, via Blackness/Black Culture, a more insidious plague took root within Black communities during the 1980s. We saw the rise of a Culture whose foundation was built upon ignorance, addiction, money, power, and murder, which transformed the notion that we were men and women, into bitches, hoes, shorties, niggas, and dogs through the wholesale betrayal of our people, by our own people. Once again we formed an alliance, albeit a deadly one, with other Americans to manifest a culture tailor-made for the privatization of the prison systems in America. A Culture designed for one aim; the addiction of our people on crack cocaine, filling morgues with hundreds of thousands of bodies, and filling the new prison systems with hundreds of thousands of young black males.
The Culture of which I speak, had as its propaganda machine a form of music called Gangsta Rap and Gangsta Hip Hop, which literally uploaded what I refer to as the Gangsta Lifestyle Fantasy Program (GLFP) directly into the hearts and minds of young Black males. It was ignorance with a beat, bent on betraying our own people, while destroying mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, and complete neighborhoods that were left desolated. All of this while embracing a cultural norm where young Black males are raping thirteen to sixteen-year-old girls, thrusting them into a world where they become vehicles for breeding future clients, who will fall victim to the systematic holocaust of a people – for money!
This culture is called Nigga Culture, after the people who embrace the colloquial use of the word nigger and refer to themselves and each other as Niggas, utilizing a bastardized form of the native English language derived from the era of slavery. The language referred to as Ebonics is essentially slave-talk, and the language of defeat. It is a form of communication that capitulates to the Anglo-Saxon’s belief that a Negro will never be equal to or succeed in America. And just like slavery, Nigga Culture transformed Blacks/Niggas into a lucrative economic engine, supporting multiple external business interests across both governmental and secular platforms.
My regret is that as a result of the advent of Nigga Culture and Ebonics, this message, in written form will be completely ignored or characterized as evil by somewhere between 40 & 60 percent of so-called Blacks/Niggas living in America. Sadly, those numbers represent a conservative estimate of the percentage of functionally illiterate Black/Nigga teens who now live in our inner cities.
The knee-jerk reaction by Blacks/Niggas when faced with such criticism over the last fifty years is to blame White people, White privilege, society, and the hardships of living in poverty as the main cause for the current state of affairs among so many Blacks. But that's like trying to blame White privilege for the destruction that took place in Ferguson and Baltimore, as the whole world looked on with horror while Blacks/Niggas looted and burned down their own communities, and the businesses that served them. Rather, the real culprit is the utterly false premise that a separate culture and identity can be forged from an existing culture after hundreds of years of embracing the both the language and culture of the host country.
To understand why, let us begin with a definition of the word culture:
Culture is the systems of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people.
Culture is communication, communication is culture.
Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person's learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning.
A culture is a way of life of a group of people--the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.
Culture is symbolic communication. Some of its symbols include a group's skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, and motives. The meanings of the symbols are learned and deliberately perpetuated in a society through its institutions.
Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other hand, as conditioning influences upon further action.
Culture is the sum of total of the learned behavior of a group of people that are generally considered to be the tradition of that people and are transmitted from generation to generation.
I can summarize all of the above with five words: language and culture are inseparable – period, the end! Everything we are, every experience we have had on this soil called America, is an integral part of the actions and reactions to the catalysts that forged the traditions, artifacts, belief systems, and learned behavior each of us have shared and passed down to generation after generation over the last 400 years to manifest American Culture. We can no more separate one people from the totality of the ALL, than we can separate our heads from our bodies and survive. All of it, every moment is part of our collective history upon this soil, and it is built into the very language we speak – the words we use to describe ourselves. And what language do we speak in America?
The language of the Anglo-Saxons, called English. Who are the Anglo-Saxons?
They were a people whose exploits reached mythical proportions after emerging from the forest of Germany, and settling on the Isles of Britons during the great European migration, which took place between 400 and 800 AD. They went on to form one of the greatest nations on earth until the Norman Conquest of 1066, but that didn’t stop them from conquering the North American Continent.
“The Anglo-Saxon period includes the creation of an English nation, with many of the aspects that survive today including regional government of shires; the re-establishment of Christianity; a flowering in literature and language; and the establishment of charters and law. The term Anglo-Saxon is also popularly used for the language, in scholarly use more usually called Old English, that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons in England and eastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century.”
From the book, Race and Manifest Destiny – The Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism, written by Reginald Horsman:
“Although the concept of a distinct, superior Anglo-Saxon race, with innate endowments enabling it to achieve a perfection of governmental institutions and world dominance, was a product of the first half of the nineteenth century, the roots of these ideas stretch back at least to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Those Englishmen who settled in America at the beginning of the seventeenth century brought as part of their historical and religious heritage a clearly delineated religious myth of a pure English Anglo-Saxon church, and in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries shared with their fellow Englishmen an elaborately developed secular myth of the free nature of Anglo-Saxon political institutions. By the time of the American Revolution Americans were convinced that Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest had enjoyed freedoms unknown since that date.”
The Anglo-Saxons believed they were the most superior race on planet earth, considering they conquered most of the known world at one point or another, and still exert tremendous influence over the world today, including the United States of America. Think about it; if you want to practice law in America, one must be accepted into the BAR, which is an acronym for British Accreditation Registry. I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland. The state is named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England and mother of Charles II and James II, by George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore.
Since we are fully ensconced in an election season, it might interest you to know the first official primary is held where, in New-hamp-shire, which is just north of one of the largest cities in America called, New York. It was named after York, England, because King Charles II gave the land to his brother, James, the Duke of York. Believe me, I could go on for days making connections with the names of cities and states in America named after some Lord, Duke, Earl, King, or Queen of England. In fact, the current Queen sitting on the throne who goes by the name Windsor, actually has German roots and her real name is, Ms. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (thank you Russell Brand) – so you get my point.
Sam Adams, Ben Franklin, James Carroll, Patrick Henry, and George Washington just to name a few, admired and lauded the exploits of the Anglo-Saxons. Our Constitution was modeled after the Anglo-Saxon constitutions of Europe. Again, from Race And Manifest Destiny, The Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism – Thomas Jefferson wrote on August 13, 1776:
“Has not every restitution of the ancient Saxon laws had happy effects? Is it not better now that we return at once into that happy system of our ancestors, the wisest and most perfect ever yet devised by the wit of man, as it stood before the 8th century?”
The bottom line is America and England are still attached at the hip – we fought the War of 1812 to finally get the British out of our economic pockets, and the war ended in a stalemate.
So when we talk about the English/Anglo-Saxons and their belief of superiority over the entire race of man, guess which race they consider to be the most inferior of all the races on planet earth? The Blacks from the continent of Africa! Their language (our language) is essentially one of control and domination, with words like superior, inferior, majority, minority, and as far as the words Black and Negro are concerned – both, according to the English language were commercial shipping terms used in Maritime Law concerning the capture, transportation, and sale of slaves.
Today, many so-called blacks are confused by the term negro, assuming incorrectly that it came from the Spanish word negro, which means black. But we speak English, (for the moment) not Spanish, and in the Anglo-Saxon world of words, a Negro was a slave from the islands, or a mixed race people. The word Black was a commercial term used to describe slaves from the continent of Africa. It should be noted that the capture and enslavement of people from the continent of Africa would have been impossible, if it wasn’t for the partnerships that were formed with many of the African nations who betrayed each other assisting slave traders by turning over rival tribes and enemies.
Think about it; on the continent of Africa, before the Anglos stepped foot upon that soil, the people enjoyed a diverse history of languages and cultures that preceded the emergence of the tribes from Germany by thousands of years. Yet to the British, the Ugandans, Ethiopians, and Nigerians – as diverse from each other as France is to Poland – were nothing more than sub-human blacks, eschewing any concepts of cultural diversity. To the Anglo-Saxons they were merely savages – chattel to be rounded up and sold into slavery. So if you were a plantation owner in Georgia, interested in buying slaves, you received a telegraph from a slave trader. The telegraph might say, “I have a boat load of blacks,” and the plantation owner would know immediately the slaves were coming from the continent of Africa. The same thing applied to Negroes/mixed race slaves from the islands. The islands were a hotbed for interracial sex back then. But Negroes (mixed race) from the islands were not worth as much – not considered to be as valuable as Blacks from Africa. A plantation owner could obtain them at a lower price, specifically because of their mixed race heritage, and close proximity to the New World. They also tended to be a little uppity, held their heads a little higher, and displayed a sense of self-worth, as a result of all the foreign/multinational blood coursing through their veins.
Another thing to consider is that neither plantation owners nor the slave traders were interested in actually teaching Blacks or Negroes how to speak English, although many of the island Negroes/ Mulattoes had a grasp of English. Instead, communications with slaves usually consisted of commands like, “nigger get your ass over here, nigger plant, nigger pick,” etc. If you were a slave and every time the massr’ had something to say to you, he used the word nigger; well, slaves didn’t think, ‘the masr’ is insulting me.’ No, slaves learned quickly through practical experience that if you didn’t move, you got your ass beat. So as far as slaves were concerned, what were they in this new language called English? Niggers!
As a side note, around the turn of the 20th century, there were still quite a number of former slaves who were alive and kicking. You can google the Library of Congress archives and actually listen to audio recordings of slaves speaking about their lives on the plantation. What you will hear is that slaves referred to each other as niggers quite liberally, much the same way modern Nigga Culture uses the term. At least the slaves had an excuse for calling each other niggers – it was called ignorance of the language and culture.
Another curious thing about listening to slave talk is that it sounds eerily familiar to Ebonics, but with one exception – that being, many slaves actually learned to speak their former masr’s language with a proficiency that far exceeds the average inner city Black teen of today.
So to recap; the terms Black and Negro were Anglo-Saxon words used in commerce to describe two distinct types of slaves for sale around the world. But to truly understand the meaning of the word nigger, one must understand it from the Anglo-Saxon perspective. Forget all the other definitions you have ever heard. Slavery in America was unlike any other form of slavery to ever exist on planet earth. Many races of people throughout history were enslaved. But if you were an Anglo-Saxon, looking upon beings whom you consider to be the lowest form of sub-human life on planet earth – beings whom you despised and loathed – beings in whom there was no life other than that of a savage, dirty, ignorant mule that is so far below you that its life meant nothing when not engaged in the business of enslavement, then uttering the word nigger was the embodiment all these sentiments and more. So much so that it became an integral part of American Culture as an insult, long after slavery, even until today.
When you think about the Jewish people, who also experienced being enslaved in their history, and the word kike, which like the word nigger is considered to be an absolute vile insult; you will never hear Jewish people embracing that word, or calling each other kikes – never! In fact, to even mention the word as part of this essay is something many Jews will frown upon, and with good reason.
Yet, a few weeks ago I happened by two Black teens embroiled in a rather heated conversation that went something like this;
Teen 1: Well he dat kinda nigga, you know it!
Teen 2: Yeah da kinda nigga dat needs to get put down!
Teen 1: Dat nigga don’t know who he messin’ wif!
Curious, I approached them asking; “Guys, pardon me,” which took them aback, “I just want to ask you both a question. Do you know the word Nigga, is derived from the word Nigger?” I said. “No it ain’t,” came their response immediately, which took me aback. “Uh… yes it is,” I replied. “You see, N.i.g.g.e.r. is the base word for N.i.g.g.a., which is uttered by racist individuals who are intent upon insulting a person of color. N.i.g.g.a. is merely the slang version. So in essence, every time you call your friends, or foes nigga, what you’re really calling them is niggers.” The look on their faces of total confusion was surprising. “No we ain’t!” they repeated, looking at me as if I had lost the last piece of my mind, before turning abruptly and walking away. As they left I could hear them saying, “Dat nigga is crazy!”
It reminded me of the now infamous testimony of one, Rachel Jeantel during the George Zimmerman trial, explaining that the meaning of nigga was changed from Nigger, and that anyone could be called a nigga.
At this point, I should also reiterate that somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of inner city Black teens are functionally illiterate, a fact that cannot be blamed on White people, or White privilege. You see, so-called Black people have never truly understood the power of language – the power words have in manifesting reality, which is why over the last three years we have seen examples of the declension of a people in events like the Ferguson and Baltimore riots, where inner city Blacks were actually manifesting the Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word, Black.
very dark because there is no light: of or relating to a race of people who have dark skin and who come originally from Africa: thoroughly sinister or evil: indicative of condemnation or discredit: very sad, gloomy, or calamitous: marked by the occurrence of disaster. Devoid of light.
Of course my detractors will admonish me by saying, “that’s the white mans definition and not how we define ourselves as a Black people.” I hear you, but my first question then is what language are we speaking on this soil – the White man’s language – English.
I find it ironic that last year, 2015 we were embroiled in a conversation about the appropriation of Black culture when two children, Halle Baldwin and Kylie Jenner had the audacity to braid their hair in cornrows. The condemnation among Black women was swift; ‘They’re appropriating our culture, how dare they!’ And then we had Ms. Iggy Azalea, a white woman from Australia with the number one rap song in the country, if not the world, Fancy accused of appropriating Black culture, because she was rapping like a ‘nigga from the hood.’ How dare she!
But the whole conversation was complete nonsense, when you consider who appropriated whose culture first. It is impossible to build a separate culture – a separate history using the language of the host culture, while being a part of said history. It’s one thing if the various tribes that were kidnapped from the continent of Africa, had at some point come together and decided to use a language from their pre-slavery integration into American culture to manifest a separate culture from America. This was not the case. Instead, by appropriating the English language with a prepackaged racist ideology built into it over a 350-year timeframe, the clocks were literally turned backwards, destroying many of the advancement we made post Brown s. Board of Education, while fulfilling the lowest expectations of our Anglo-Saxon overlords.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the words of a man many Negroes have looked upon as their Savior over the last one-hundred years.
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
If you still need convincing, while preparing to argue Brown vs. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshal had this to say;
“Do you know what we’re up against?” Marshall asked rhetorically. “The weight of bad court decisions over the century. Hell, we’re fighting Chief Justice Taney.” From: Dream Makers, Dream Breakers,The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall,by Carle T. Rowan 1993 pg. 205 1st paragraph
What I find most disturbing, is it appears so-called Blacks have wound up exactly where they began in this country, at least in the eyes of those who thought they knew them best − their Anglo-Saxon owners. From Chief Justice Roger B. Taney’s, 1857 majority decision against Dred Scot:
“They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery… He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it. This opinion was at that time fixed and universal in the civilized portion of the white race. It was regarded as an axiom in morals as well as in politics, which no one thought of disputing, or supposed to be open to dispute; and men in every grade and position in society daily and habitually acted upon it in their private pursuits, as well as in matters of public concern, without doubting for a moment the correctness of this opinion. “
“He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made.” Change a few words like, ‘He was used and discarded, and treated as an ordinary dumping ground to traffic horrific, soul destroying drugs, whenever a profit could be made,’ and what you have is the hidden mantra of those so-called Black people, who marketed crack cocaine, murder, and the destruction of family and neighborhoods of their own people during the rise of Gangsta Rap in the 1980s, until this very day.
Which, by the way is the reason I am thankful the Academy of Motion Pictures did NOT nominate Straight Out of Compton for an Oscar – Niggas With Attitude have already received their reward – another $160.000,000 for their efforts.
But for every so-called Black person who wants to blame White people or White privilege for the current state of affairs within Black communities across this country, perhaps it is because you failed to see the huge historical plank sticking out of your own eyes, blinding you from the truth of our own self-destructive past.
For this Black History Month, I recommend that every so-called Black person in America read the entire majority decision by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in the Dred Scott Supreme court findings. Once you have done this, then simply imagine what possible actions Negroes, Blacks, Mulattoes, High Yellow Negroes, and Colored people should have taken in the 1960s that would have thwarted every single word, dot, and dash of his findings?
I will tell you. Were it not for Black and Negro slaves, the United States of America would NOT have achieved its illustrious status, as the most powerful and prosperous country on the face of this earth. The Industrial Revolution would have never happened, because more than two thirds of all the products sold abroad would have never been grown/manufactured. There wouldn’t be a railroad system, or steel mills if it wasn’t for Black and Negro slaves before and after the Emancipation Proclaimation.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, we could have demanded repatriation to the lands we were stolen from, (and they would have gladly paid our fare) but instead chose to remain amongst a people who despised and hated us merely because we existed on a land they claimed was their own. With every step we took, they tried to destroy us. With every breath we took they tried to strangle the very life from our beings, but we survived and made them look upon their own madness – made progress, until we finally succumbed in an act of social and culture suicide under the false ideology of Blackness, which is merely the sympathetic embracement of the White racist Anglo-Saxon doctrine.
Separate Black History museums…really? We should have demanded our slice of American history appear in the American Museums of History across this country. Black History month? What, are we only 1/12 citizens of these United States of America?
“Hell, we’re fighting Chief Justice Taney.”
In essence, we have lived down to the lowest expectations of men like Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, making choices that would have made him exclaim, "See, I told you so!" And once you go down that road to perdition, there is only one way back. There can be no greater Americans than those whose labor played an integral role in the Culture and rich history of this country. We are the quintessential Americans. Not Black Americans, or African Americans, Mulattoes, or a people of color – we are Americans, equal in every manor to every other American in the only place that should really matter, according to the 14th Amendment to our Constitution. And we should defend Her (our Constitution) with our very lives, because we forced a nation that despised us, to include us.
We should all take a moment to contemplate MarShawn M. McCarrel II’ suicide, and the newest incarnation of frustration and anger called Black Lives Matter, because 50-years ago, Negroes, Blacks, Mulattoes, Colored people, and High Yellow Negroes committed the same violent act of desperation out of frustration and anger, turning our backs on the only identity that would have actually continued a rich history of working together with people of many races, ethnicities, colors, and creeds. Americans – whose individual and collective lives should matter to us ALL, because that’s what we are, by definition!
Dare to embrace your rightful place as an individualized piece of the whole, striving for personal excellence in everything you do, while working with other Americans who care enough about our shared interests to assist and inspire the rebuilding of shattered dreams. Dare to become an Abolitionist in your heart against the false ideology of Black/Nigga Culture.
We are NOT a Black people, we are Human Beings, and We are Americans.
By Herman Williams III