*It is said that nigger is the most volatile word in America.

The word has done everything from help sales of books and CD’s to perhaps undoing a nomination to run for president.  Everyday this word or a derivative of it is used to greet and  refer to African Americans across the country.  That bothers me.  Being a comedian, I wanted to make a statement about it, but not in a preachy way.  I’ve been around long enough to understand that the way I perceive things isn’t the way everyone else does.  Many of my friends greet me with “Hey what’s up nigga?”.  No matter how often I voice my displeasure, it continues to happen.

This series starts with the exchange between a good friend and fellow comedian Steve Wilson.   Steve continually violates my personal policy against the use of the word, and literally does so several times a sentence.  He truly sees nothing wrong with his version of the word and uses it so much,  he doesn’t always realize he’s saying it.  One day I responded to his “What’s up nigga” greeting with an  “I’m good nigger” response.  I was shocked by his reaction.  He feels “nigga” and “nigger” are two completely different words!

I have gone back and forth over the use of the word, not just with Steve, but others as well, and I decided to put the experiences in  sketch.  Perhaps it would allow people on both sides of the fence to see what the other side sees.  To some, any form of the word hearkens back to days of lynchings, Jim Crow, and the dehumanization of an entire race of people.  Others see the word as a way to take control of it so that it loses it’s power.

The name of the sketch is “What’s in a Word?” and it takes a humorous approach at understanding “the philosophy” behind it’s use.   Of course you can’t take a comprehensive look at anything in three minutes but if you want to get a message across on the web, you won’t have much longer in which to do it.  This is the first in a series of videos.  I’m sure for this episode, who one sides with might be a tossup.    The intent is to make everyone laugh, and to initiate more conversation about it.  You can’t change the wor(l)d  unless you’ve taken time to observe and understand it.   As a comic, it’s my job to make people laugh.  If I can make people laugh while working through a problem, that’s a huge bonus. — John B. Moody

John Moody is a comedian and voice over artist from Buffalo N.Y.  He has most recently appeared on In the Flow with Affion Crockett.  He’s also a writer and performer at the Improv Olympics Theater in Hollywood (iO West)

Steve Wilson is a stand up comedian from Buffalo N.Y..  Steve performs stand up in comedy clubs across the country.  He most recently worked on a morning radio show with D.L. Hughley in New York City.  Steve continues to tour the country with D.L. as the opening act.

 

 

 

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Peris Meeks
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