Goofy assed white boys often think black people are automatically cool (unfortunately not true). That’s why a group of nerds will have their one black friend that hangs out with them. They think that they are showing the world that they are not racists and it keeps them from getting their asses kicked when they go into what they think is hostile territory.
Black people hanging with white people;
The “token” they’ve chosen is often not cool enough to hang with the real brothers so he’s been demoted.
Sometimes that person has just as much if not more fear of and disdain for African Americans as they do. This is the sellout or “sunken place” person.
Wants to know if white people truly are as clueless and hostile as thier parents and older black people have told them they are.
Taking mercy on the clueless group to elevate them and lend some swagger, vibe and “color” to the environment.
The other “black person hanging with white people” is just a regular cool person hanging with regular cool people. He doesn’t care about the skin color of the guys and they don’t care about his. Believe it or not but there ARE people who absolutely don’t GAF about another persons skin color.
However if you and your “Malibu’s most wanted” crew want to look cool, The current mandatory minimum for white friends to black friends is 3:1.2.
Some white boys think that they are so cool that they can say that word and that’s why I must explain.
No Tarantino is NOT a racist. He’s just a goofy-assed white boy trying to be cool by saying….
Twenty seven years ago a young Quentin Tarantino granted himself membership into a fraternity that he was never invited to join. He indoctrinated himself into “the brotherhood” by evoking the most viscerally divisive and polarizing word in the Western lexicon.
The word is so powerfully derogatory that is is frequently used as a suffix (qualifier) to emphasize disdain for other ethnic groups; Arabian: “Sand Niggers”, Italians; “Pasta Niggers”, Latino; “Bean Nigger”, etc. One of, if not the most abrasive and caustic words in modern English usage. The word was penned exclusively to designate a group of people as “less than human livestock”.
The fact that the word is as popular today as it was at its inception should end the argument that slavery was so long ago in our society’s history that it has no impact on the lives we live today. If the notion of slavery was so distant and antiquated an institution as is implied by those that maintain that is was so long ago that its social and psychological impact has no bearing on modern life, the term NIGGER would be as foreign and repulsive as “BLOODLETTING” and “HUMAN SACRIFICE”.
The history of this nation has been the dehumanization and demonization of the African American. The N-word is the exact embodiment of that mission. The word is used to describe livestock that is both strong, less than human and ultimately a utility or commodity for “polite society”.
An educated, articulate, well behaved and “well spoken” (a future discussion) African American poses no immediate threat. The “NIGGER” is infinitely intimidating.
They were bold, strong, docile yet unpredictable, potentially wild and dangerous therefore social limitations had to be designed and enforced to “keep them in their place”. Eventually those fears became so pervasive that African Americans used those fears against their hostile environment.
The African American community (somewhat) disarmed the abrasiveness and caustic properties of the word by pressing it into common usage. It was in essence an inoculation from the cruelty of being referred to by the population at large as a subhuman tool destined only for servitude and usage as bipedal livestock.
Wresting the N word from it’s moorings in racial hatred and diminishing it’s potency was the task of those most targeted by it.
The ancestors of the kidnapped Africans commandeered the word by necessity and rebellion.
The societies fear of the ancestors of the kidnapped Africans reached critical mass in 1974 with the release of the great Richard Pryors album, “That Nigger’s Crazy”! Pryors masterful l exploitation of white peoples fears and African Americans frustrations gave a voice and a song to the social challenges on both sides of the color line.
The word was popularized as a loud and vulgar “BOO” to the fragile and precarious conscious of white society. Suddenly African Americans had an instant weapon to validate the fears of America. Yes, “Those people” are indeed, powerful, fearless and dangerous. African American movies, music, poetry and literature tapped into the shock value of the N-word to draw attention to the voice of a underrepresented demographic. The serendipitous result of the popularity of the word was a diminished impact the word has on African Americans.
The N-word became a commodity of boldness, bravado, machismo, sex, rebellion and defiance. Just like any other commodity, the White man wanted in.
There’s a word for white people try to “Act Black”:
a white person who tries to emulate or acquire cultural behaviour and tastes attributed to African-Americans.
Conscientious African-Americans hold a subtle disdain for wiggers. They conveniently don the robe of repression and marginalization that every African American would gladly shed. Wiggers playfully splash around in the waters of disdain and marginalization that the ancestors of the kidnapped Africans have been drowning in for 400 years. Wiggers are free to leave at any time. They walk into a prison with and open door that African Americans cannot escape.
The American view of the B-L-A-C-K people has been traditionally primal and passionate (read over sexed) and resourceful (read lying, cheating).
This American “Negro” supplied the world with a brand new swagger unique to this culture. Being a “Brother” or a “Sistah” was cool. Being a “Niggah” was only available in a positive light to those within the tribe. So fascinated was the rest of society that they questioned the usage of the word by those that were supposed to be offended by it. When they realized the exclusivity of entrance to the “club” they wanted and in some cases demanded entrance to this new club.
The fact is:
NO WHITE MAN HAS EVER BEEN INVITED INTO THE CLUB*
*as a consolation prize we allow the useage of the international black man nod of acknowledgement. The slightly raised head and eyebrow that black men who have never met throw at each other when they see another black man in Bend Oregon, Utah or Orange Country, CA. or anywhere that is the last place you expect to see another member of the tribe…accompanied by the inner dialogue “what’s up mah nigga”…We’ll allow white men to use the nod, just realize that you can only THINK it…use your inner voice or risk an uncomfortable situation.
Eminem has maintained an authentic hip hop career over 20 years and has managed to avoid the N-word. Perhaps because as I, he is also from Detroit and knows the rules.
Which brings us to exactly why “Jimmie”, the Character in “Pulp Fiction” horrendously misused the N-word in his dialogue.
The Bonnie Situation…
From the movie “Pulp Fiction”
Jimmie: I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead nigger in my garage.
Jules: Oh, Jimmie, don’t even worry about that…
Jimmie: [interupting] No, No, No, No, let me ask you a question. When you came pulling in here, did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said “Dead Nigger Storage”?
Jules: Jimmie, you know I ain’t seen no…
Jimmie: [cutting him off again; getting angry] Did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said “Dead Nigger Storage”?
Jules: [pause] No. I didn’t.
Jimmie: You know WHY you didn’t see that sign?
Jimmie: ‘Cause it ain’t there, ’cause storing dead niggers ain’t my fucking business, that’s why!
Let’s clarify this for Mr. Tarantino, shall we?
The the people on the “other side of the color line” (a line created by the white supremacists) the dialogue between African Americans using the N-word toward may seem like reinforcing an extremely negative designation. It is not. Just as many words have multiple meanings, the N-word can have vastly different connotations depending upon many factors including but not limited to tone, inflection, volume and the person saying it.
For purposes of clarification lets differentiate between the two most popular manifestations of the word.
In it’s original design…(remember the word was invented by white people)
Nigger(as directed toward an African American by a white person):
A servant or servile human being. A less than human livestock, born and bred for the sole purposes of servitude, property, labor or anything it’s master dictates. A thoughtless, mindless tool of a white person. A low class citizen with no free will or motivation. An essentially valueless and ultimately expendable Homo sapiens of African dissent. The bottom rung of any societal ladder. Sub Human filth…(you get it)
Definition of nigger
1. usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a black person
2. usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a member of any dark-skinned race
3. : a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons. <it’s time for somebody to lead all of America’s niggers … all the people who feel left out of the political process — Ron Dellums>
1. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a blackperson.
a contemptuous term used to refer to amember of any dark-skinned people.
2. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. acontemptuous term used to refer to a person ofany racial or ethnic origin regarded ascontemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.
3. a victim of prejudice similar to that suffered byblack people; a person who is economically,politically, or socially disenfranchised.
Nig, Nigga, Niggah, ma-NIG-uh (as spoken by an African American TO an African American).
When the word is spoken BY an African American TO another African American the word can take on MANY connotations, none of which are by design malicious or derogatory.
The word can mean:
Affection, “Nigga, you ain’t too grown ta give your uncle a hug”,
Frustration: “Nig-if yew don’t stop changing them channels I’m gone knock yo ass out”!
Anger: “Nigga, sit you drunk ASS DOWN!”
In any of the above samples feel free to substitute the N-word for a proper noun or any of the following adjectives or terms of endearment : fool, motherfucker, nut-bag, asshole, idiot, honey, sweetheart, etc. and you can see how different scenarios define the true meaning of the word within the African American culture in everyday usage.
White people who are truly immersed and indoctrinated into the African American community are acutely aware of these distinctions (If not at their own peril). The implication in Pulp Fiction was that the Character, Jimmie was one of those people. I argue that his usage of the N-word indicated that he was not.
Let’s dissect his dialogue:
The Bonnie Situation: https://youtu.be/knAqM2Gsfi4
Jimmie: …But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead NIGGER in my garage.
Jimmies usage is clearly the primary pronunciation and the more offensive connotation. He’s referring to the corpses specific racial designation. It is a racist statement. He emphases the word “nigger”. The shock of the impending arrival of Jimmies wife will have nothing to do with the ethnicity of the corpse. She won’t give a rats ass that it’s an African American corpse.
The fact that Jimmie uses a decidedly racist term to refer to a deceased person indicates that he is indeed a racist. If he was not a racist his emphasis would be on the state of the corpse and not the ethnicity.
Examine the two sentences and appreciate the emphasis:
“It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead NIGGER in my garage.”
“It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the DEAD nigger in my garage.”
The devil is in the details. Bonnie, a nurse and an African American woman would know that this man is a racist and would never marry him unless she had extremely low self esteem. If he was so indoctrinated into the African American community (fkn wigger) as is implied by the storyline he’d know the proper usage of the pronoun. However, neither Tarantino nor “Jimmie” are so immersed in “the club” as to be “allowed” to use the word in that manner.
There is a popular theory that the hall pass for “white boys” has an allowance for usage as long as the ending is “ah” in lieu of a hard “R”. I refute that theory and reject it. As the term itself was penned and popularized BY whites for the intent and specific purpose of suppression of the Orphans of Africa’s humanity, it is a bullet from a deadly gun.
Let’s face it, it is a rhythmical and powerful sounding word. The world is fascinated by the impact the word can have in pop culture, music and media. White people must have a difficult time accepting limitations and restrictions. Tarantino ignored the guard at the door and bullied his way into the club uninvited.
As Jules is in a tight spot and is in no position to assert his frustration he would most likely be visibly agitated by the “white boys” usage of the word. The specific ethnicity of the corpse is not the driving factor of this dilemma. However the focus and emphasis on the cadavers color leads us to believe that Jimmie is indeed a myopic racist. Tarantino, the urban, uninvited “white boy” missed by a mile on this one.
Just a word of caution to “Wiggers”, search for an exit BEFORE attempting to grant yourself entrance into a club that YOU HAVE NEVER nor WILL NEVER BE INVITED to enter. Don’t let two seconds of thinking you’re so “down with the brothers” that you get your ass kicked. I’d advise you just leave the forbidden fruit alone, tempting as it may be. Life in the movies is a bit different than life on the street.
Sociologically the word has proven to be a weapon of mass destruction. Just like any other weapon, it’s usage should be taken seriously.
Ultimately the word has power and with power comes responsibly. Writers have a responsibility to be authentic and the lesson (IMO) is knowing the terrain before embarking.
Louis CK on “The N-Word”: https://youtu.be/dF1NUposXVQ
Akala on the use of the N word
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