Archive for July, 2011

N-word History Part V: The Purpose of Creating a N**ga

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

by H. Lewis Smith

The enslaved Black was stripped of his heritage so that no parts of his ingenious, dignified, self-reliant, culturally-aware and proud African background could influence his life in America. His personality, behavior, and self-image were re-shaped exclusively by the unique form of American slavery. This system of degradation birthed the exact opposite… Continue reading

Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree


Eric L. Wattree

Every since I wrote the column “Crabs in a Barrel,” the gross hypocrisy of South Carolina State Senator, Rev. Darrell Jackson, has lingered with me. In that column… Continue reading

N-word History 101 Part IV – Rappers and Black Comedians Modern Day Stepin Fetchits’

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

by H. Lewis Smith

The image of those who bows down to using the n-word

This is the fourth of a six part series of N-word History 101, whereas the purpose and intent is hopefully, to initiate the process of undoing or reversing ideas and concepts—relative to the use of the n-word (n**ger/n**ga)—that… Continue reading

N-word History 101 Part III – The Ugly TRUTH About the N-word

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

There is nothing cool or chic about the n-word

by H. Lewis Smith

In today’s contemporary times, perhaps it could be said that the n-word is just simply another racial slur or derogatory word. But it is not the contemporary definition of the word which is so controversial; it’s the [historical] baggage that… Continue reading

N-word History 101-Part II Chris Rock Utters the N-word

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

by H. Lewis Smith

Chris Rock

N-word History 101 Part II – Defining the N-word: If you listen to one of black comedian Chris Rock’s shows entitled “Black People vs. N**gers,” he associates the n-word with certain types of black people with everything negative like dishonesty, distrust, laziness, and ignorance, reinforcing the historical… Continue reading

N-word History 101; Part 1 – Rap Stars use of N-Word…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

by H. Lewis Smith

Embracing the N-word

Why do some Black African Americans use the n-word? N-word History 101 – Pt. 1: Many rap artists like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and a host of others use the word in their music to supposedly entertain their audiences. Their songs may seem harmless because… Continue reading