Despite the singer-songwriter’s opinion on the subject, we strongly believe that no variation of the n-word is acceptable. We happen to agree with the fan who slammed the R&B singer for using the word to describe himself in an Instagram post – a move which caused Omarion to take folks on a historic journey, back to before Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream.
Ya see, the drama unfolded a few days ago when the “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” star posted the above photo on his Instagram account along with the caption: “Lil nigga but Lion hearted.”
A white fan, who had a problem with Omarion using the N-word, commented on the photo:
“Can’t handle when a white man says nigger but you call yourself and all your other African Americans NIGGAS? Common bro,” wrote the fan. “Time to stop degrading your own race.”
Pause. Score 1 point for #TeamWhiteDude because we happen to agree with his comment.
Omarion took the fan’s comment as an insult and responded with a rant about how endearing it is to be called a “nigga”… but only if you’re a “nigga” too. He deleted his rant but you know #BlackTwitter is watching Black Hollywood with the shank-eye, so his rant was captured, saved and shared. Check it out above. Omarion tried it, honey, and failed.
“Let me educate you, you fool of a man. “White men” created this negative, nasty, derogatory term “nigger” that “WE” as in [black people] turned into a term of endearment, orientation, & brotherhood, so f*ck no! You can’t call me a nigger or nigga,” Omarion writes.
He continued: “You don’t have the cultural stripes nor possess the ethnic background to do so. U don’t have the residue of oppression, slavery & racism lingering in the marrow of ur genetic code. So just double tap & keep it movin’ bro, U have no business sticking ur ignorant perspective in the lions den.”
The n-word, no matter how you spell it, is vile, and no matter how proponents for use of the word spin it, the word will always be rooted in hate and trigger, for many, emotions and memories that can hardly be described as “endearing.”
We fail to see what progress and innovations have been made in our communities from the celebration of the n-word. Also, policing who has the acceptable level of melanin to get an n-word pass has grown tiresome. Why must we do this? Iggy Azalea got a pass but V-Nasty didn’t. Odd, yet interesting…
We co-sign this blogger’s comment, who asked: “If you say what’s good “nigga” while greeting a “brother,” but turn around and say “f*ck you nigga” while killing another… Where’s the brotherhood or endearment?… Seriously, Omarion, we would like an answer to this brilliant question.
“If the goal is to one day eradicate racism, we have to think about ALL people when we make judgments, observations, or comments of this magnitude, not just our individual race.”
What do you think about this? Is Omarion or the fan correct?