NBA’s Warriors’ Star Andre Iguodala’s Use of the N word Deserves Scrutiny

by H. Lewis Smith


During an interview after a recent Golden State Warriors’ NBA game Andre Iguodala in reply to a reporter’s question retorted with the following comments “They want a dumb n**ger! I’m going to give you a dumb n**ger’s answer! What would a dumb n**ger say?” His “I do what Massa say” referring to his coach Steve Kerr, comment didn’t go over too very well either.

NBA fined him $10,000 for using the N-word. Kobe Bryant a several years ago was fined $100,000 for using the term faggot. Much to ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Jason Whitlock credit both agreed Iguodala’s fine should have been much higher and that his comments were unacceptable.

Other ESPN tv personalities such as Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and First Take’s Stephen A. Smith don’t see it as a big deal for black people to use the N word. Smith further explains that black folks don’t want white America telling them what words to use and not to use amongst ourselves, though legitimate, it gives the false impression that African-Americans who use the N-word do so of their own volition when this is not the case at all. African-Americans are genetically predisposed to embrace the immoral n-word as it is transgenerational thanks to 18th century mind control abuses. The experience of the enslaved was one of relentlessly and continual violent attacks on the body, mind and spirit, they were left no choice but to use the N-word as they were browbeaten to do so…to see themselves as inferior. The antithesis of contemporary Black African-Americans who—incredibly—voluntarily use the term.

Stephen A. Smith, who is a proponent of the N-word, also disagrees with ESPN television anchor Sage Steele that black people should NOT refer to one another as the pejorative term. However, many younger generation parents educate their children on the term and rightfully view it as disrespectful profanity. The term is forbidden as everyday language in many Black households across America, and cannot be used—not even when one wants to use the term as a so-called endearment. Even further, many African-American children are taught to not only refrain from referring to anyone as such, but should also not allow anyone else to refer to them accordingly. There are many capable and brilliant young minds who are not searching for pseudo-intellectual reasons to refer to themselves or any member of their race as a n**ga. The white power structure sees to it that primarily only black people who are proponents of the N-word have access to microphones through the main stream media using them as puppets to help keep rest of Black America dumbed down.

Other voices simply are not heard because they do not have access to the news media to espouse their beliefs as does a Stephen A. Smith and others who are proponents of the n-word (n**ga). Atty Roy Miller is a name that comes to mind, he had the N-word removed from a major dictionary yet has never been invited to participate in any public forums, nor is his opinion ever solicited on the use of the term. His voice and others who are non-proponents for use of the n-word are suffocated…this is no coincidence.

Proponents of the n-word say that people give words power. These same delusional people believe that they have taken a hateful word and turned it into a positive, removing the sting from the idiom by boastfully referring to one another as the n-word and using it as a so-called term of endearment. These mentally—and emotionally—scarred descendants of slavery are so severely psychologically disturbed that they fail to understand that though they may be able to alter the context of a word…the history of it remains intact. Given the gravity and scope of the horrors and carnage linked to the n-word African-Americans lack of sensitivity towards their ancestor’s tribulations is surreal.

DehumanizationEmbracing the n-word minimizes the sacrifices and struggles of those victimized by the term, its history cannot and should not be overlooked. Over a 300 year period millions of enslaved Africans—men, women, AND children–were beaten, raped, castrated and/or murdered with “n**ger/n**ga” being the last word they heard. The word is so stigmatized that to try and redefine it would suggest that chattel slavery and oppression never happened. But the fact of the matter is…it did. It was and still is a term of exclusion, verbal justification for discrimination and violence.

Black African-Americans who embrace the N-word are unknowingly accepting the total description of it, sanctioning the evil deeds and carnage, perpetrated upon their race past, present and future.

A strategy was implemented which may be considered weird, but nonetheless brilliant, and that is to get black folks to actually fight for n-word usage…and just for that one cause…blacks and racists are united on the same team. Sell-out rap recording artists have supplanted the KKK and white supremacist insuring that young minds maintain the 18th century slave mentality usage of the n-word. Some people feel so powerless and oppressed they will do anything for wealth, power and fame. It’s the falsehoods that causes us to be divided against ourselves, and it is because of the systematic attention to propaganda that we’ve been able to be injured as we have. We don’t understand the nature of the battle that we are in because we aren’t privileged to the big picture.

The N-word is a mirror reflecting America’s darkest moments which is why some white folks encourage non-thinking black people to embrace it in hopes of sanitizing the word; but there are also racist who decry use of the term solely on the basis if they can’t use it then no one should; whereas more noble and sincerely concerned white people discourages use of it…truly despising the term…understanding that it is not a term of endearment.

If not for the actions of two conscience white men, Senator Charles Sumner and Abolitionist Wendell Phillips back in 1870, there would virtually be no African Americans in America today.

President Grant and others wanted a bill passed granting power to annex Haiti and all of the Caribbean, however thanks to the efforts of Sumner and Phillips the Senate disapproved the resolution—but just barely. Had the bill passed the plan was to ship all America black people to Haiti and reconstitute slavery.

One of Sumner’s colleague’s became so infuriated at his actions that he attacked Sumner with his walking cane beating him to a pulp, a beating that Sumner never fully recovered from. President Grant too never forgave Phillips for his allegiance to the black race. African Americans must learn that when a finger is pointed at white people three more are pointed right back at them. In other words STOP worrying about how white folks think and start doing some THINKING of your OWN. Defining yourself with a word that your enemy saddled you with as opposed to redefining yourself validates you have no control of your OWN mind and something that is dominated can be owned and thus controlled and manipulated.

The continual pseudo-intellectual effort of searching for ways to cast the n-word n**ga in a laudable light only further demonstrates the lack of sensitivity, sense and appreciation of the titanic battles that our ancestry had to endure and overcome. It can’t be sanitized, cleansed, inverted, or redeemed as a culturally liberating word. Because of its vile 400 year old history the N-word is and will always have a grotesque, and deadly meaning to it. If it could really be desensitized then non-black people would be permitted to use it which isn’t acceptable by liberated minds; proving that with the proper approach gullible black people can be manipulated and massaged to accept disrespect, contempt and revel in it. Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, referring to ourselves as the n-word is wholesale stupidity and a fool’s game.

As Black African-Americans we should want our children EDUCATED, not indoctrinated into thinking and believing that they are a n**ga, we should want them to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. There is no redeeming value in black folks trying to con other black folks with the nonsense that they are a n**ga which is ghetto vernacular for n**ger. We need to boycott ignorance which is the epitome of culture genocide. Time to lose the 18th century slave mentality and all the self-hatred that comes along with it.

Man can change the definition of a word on a whim, but he cannot change the history behind the word for it is indeed STATIC. If by chance anyone have the ability by some sort of miracle to obliterate the wrongs done against our ancestors all in the name of the N-word, restore life to those dehumanized, murdered, butchered, slaughtered, honor to the dishonored, property to those who have been wronged and force the scales of human and divine justice to recover their equilibrium then and ONLY then perhaps the N-word can be embraced and used endearingly. Unless someone can accomplish these task the n-word will eternally remain to be an immoral obscenity no matter whose lips it flows from and their so-called intentions.

H.Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word, and Undressing the N-word: Revealing the Naked Truth, Lies, Deceit and Mind Games Follow him on Twitter:

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