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The Nas Legionnaires-a herd of misguided, pea-brain sycophants melodically influenced when Nas strums his flute of musical ignorance-are absolutely ecstatic about the new rapper's single, "Be A n-word Too."

"Be A N**ger Too" is co-produced by Salaam Remi and Big Jack. The song explores the media's impact on peoples' perception of the n-word; pardons Eminem for using the idiom in his rhymes; and sustains and invites listeners to "be a n**ga too"-despite the historic plight of black people and the satirizing nature the term reflects upon the African-American community. The song prefaces Nas' CD-with an expected July 1, 2008, release date, "n-word."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." In line with the great Reverend's ideology, the idea that blacks can use the n-word and non-blacks cannot is nothing more than an unjustified double standard-as is any other double standard-that must be immediately discarded. For an African American to utilize the term says that they do not respect themselves or the constant struggles of their ancestors; for a non-black to use the idiom expresses their disrespect for the African-American culture, and keeps alive the inferior mindsets that have oppressed the black community for centuries. No benefit comes from the use of this term. If it is not good for one group, it is not good for anyone.

However, Nas and supporters seem to disregard the "double standard" and its true effects. With the leaked preview of his new song, Nas is "officially" extending an invitation to the world-black or non-black-to use the word and continue contributing to the demise of the African-American community. This is the epitome of imprudence.

African-American ascendants were robbed of heart, mind, body, soul and manhood. Violent mental abuse was perpetuated upon them, and-although they were the complete counter of the ideologies thrust upon them-they were forced to accept a self-image of being lazy, sex fiends, thieves, drunks, irresponsible, moral degenerates, stealthy and cunning, mindless, heartless and inferior scum-something to be despised and considered worthless.

      The ascendant male was further coerced into having lack of love and respect for self, and to show no love or respect towards his woman or child. Even though the black woman was included in this vindictive conspiracy, she was allowed to have a little more self-esteem than her counter-part black male. For the black male was viewed as the most intimidating and greatest challenge to the white male. The white male knew that if he could manipulate and erode the black man's self-image, the black man would not view himself as a superior or equal, but as an inferior. The white male bruised the black male's self pride and dignity by constantly referring to him, his wife, and child as nothing more than low-down, useless, filthy "n**gers," and treating them as such.

      Under the jeers of "n**ger, n**ger, n**ger," African-American victims were mutilated, castrated, skinned, roasted, burned, hanged and shot. Under the laws of the land at the time, this conduct was acceptable since the victims were considered to be nothing more than n**gers.

      This is truly the intent of the n-word: It is a self-destructive mind control that simply and continuously beats up one's perspective of him/herself. Its use maintains the image and meaning that was browbeaten and physically beaten into the hearts, minds and souls of African Americans for more than 300 years.

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     The use of the n-word is a 400-year-old practice that is still charging full-steam ahead, and must come to a screeching halt. For more than 300 years, "n**ger" was a metaphor for a race of people considered to be sub-human and three-fifths of a person. The slur owns an abominable history that, for all intent and purpose, is etched in stone-regardless of its present day metamorphosis into a term of endearment, or representation as a by-product of "the struggle." Whatever the new-age justification, the n-word's very use is inappropriate and counterproductive to human relations; the term devours any level of respect-given or received, cultural pride and dignity, and dehumanizes whomever the term is used toward.

In 1986, a rap group called NWA (N**gaz With An Attitude) formed. From that point up to present day, the imprint of the self-destructive nature of the n-word has become most apparent. Rap lyrics debased women-characterizing black women as nappy headed ho's, b*tches and tricks; humiliated the black race; and glamorized violence, reinforcing the historical intent of the image of a "n**ger." Rap music, pop-culture celebrities, and most often poverty-stricken fans combined to create an alluring "cool-pose culture" of self-destructive behaviors.

"N**ger" cannot be sanitized in any form to make it an acceptable term because of its malevolent history-not unless it is possible to undo all of the violent and wanton atrocities perpetrated upon the subjugated, all of which is embedded in and communicated through this term. Since returning to the past is not likely, the possibility of undoing the term's intent is impossible. "N**ger" is a symbol certifying that brainwashing has worked, that if an ideology is continuously stamped into the psyche of a people, they will voluntarily apply it to themselves.

Nas certainly has the freedom and right to name his album whatever he wants; however, back in the mid-l990s when Michael Jackson attempted to use the word "kike" in one of his songs, he quickly discovered the difference between the Jewish community and Black community: respect and self-respect is imperative in the Jewish Community. Michael quickly removed the word from his song and issued an apology.

Because the Jewish and Black communities have faced a great deal of discrimination alike, the two communities basically face the same issues of fighting hard to gain back their cultural respect. Thus, one can't help but to pose the question: Is it likely that a Jewish person would come out with a CD entitled "Kike?" Possibly! However, with the unity and sternness of the Jewish community in demanding cultural respect, one could unequivocally answer this question with a firm "NO!" This is because the Jewish community would never be moronic enough to support the sales of such an album. As well, record companies would never be naïve enough to publish something of this nature because they know that the Jewish community would fight them every step of the way, sending them through hellish litigation.

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Artists, along with the record companies are making ungodly sums of revenue from these types of albums. Bear in mind these very same recording companies are making mega millions off the n-word, but would never consider doing the same with the k-word or other more pressing issues.  Back in the early 90s Ice-T came out with a song entitled "Cop Killer" making police brutality the center of attention. So much pressure was placed on Warner Bros. that Ice-T had to remove the song from his album Body Count.

So why do Black people such as Nas and some others think less of themselves and their race? Why are they selling their souls? Why do some in the Black community support such conduct? The debasement of blacks has always been an acceptable commodity that sold, whereas, disparaging remarks about any other ethnic group and/or government institution is held to a different standard. Like it or not, the actions of the black participants in this machination reinforces the psychological true intent of the n-word-mental enslavement.

It must be recognized that Nas and all the others who contribute to the debasement of the black race serve as evidence to a last link in the chain of a subjugated past. This link will never be broken until association with the n-word is obliterated.

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H. Lewis Smith is the Founder/CEO of the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc. and the author of the book Bury that Sucka, A Scandalous Love Affair With the N-word.

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Nope. Can't poke fun or laugh at oneself. Ev... by John Hanks on Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 1:36:42 PM