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I Ain't cha Nigga
by Annie Ruth

Friday, May 10, 2002

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I Ain't cha Nigga

"I ain't cha nigga-I'm your brother.”
You think you call me that in a nice way
But there ain't nothing nice about nigga.

You see, the word nigger originated
back in the days of legal slavery.
(The exact time it started being used
can't be pinpointed. Some slave
owner probably said it and it caught
on just like most fads do.)

Nigger was used to describe
something lower than animals. Slave
owners, who thought of themselves
as masters, referred to our ancestors
as their niggers-they'd even argue
about who had the "best nigger" (like
that was something for an African
prince to be proud of).

So when you look at the term "nigga",
See it for what it really is.
"Nigga' ain't nothing
And it can't do nothing about its situation--
It's lower than an animal.

So you see, "I Ain't cha Nigga".
"Nigga" can't be changed
To represent something good.
And it's not an affectionate term
For a friend
Or someone that you care about.

Don't fool yourself
and don't be fooled.
If you call me your “nigga”
enough times-then I'll begin to believe it and
I'll wonder why I'm starting to act like one
(someone who don't care about myself or anyone else).

I'm your brother.
I've been where you are--
I've shared the same pains--
The same triumphs.
Our ancestors are
Men and women of
Knowledge and science.
We are conquerors- mighty,
Strong, and intelligent.

So the next time someone calls you
His or her "nigga"- just lovingly say,
“I ain't cha nigga".

Changing something negative to try and make it represent something good seems to be an unrealistic trend amongst people from all walks of life. (Particularly with the words my nigga) The lesson of this piece is that there is definately power in the use of words. I encourage everyone to train the most powerful part of your body (the tongue)and use it to speak "life" instead of "death"

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/13/2002
what can i say, but ~WOW!!~ now i ~WILL~ have to get after someone if i hear them call a person "nigger"; that is a horrible, ~NASTY~ word, and i cringe each and every time i hear it~~i am not black, but i DO have friends who are, and each time i hear that horrible word it's like they are slapping me in the face, or slapping the faces of my black friends!!! i have an uncle who is bad about that, and i don't really like him all that much because of this. thanks for a thought-provoking, educational write!!
Reviewed by Wendi Cali 5/27/2002
IF only more people thought that way. If only, If only. Thank you for sharing such truthful, raw intelligence with a needy world. Old habits die hard.
Reviewed by RON P KING 5/10/2002
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