No N-Word Challenge: Can You Do It?
Talk about a Black History month challenge.
Ahead of our February commemoration of all things African American, one man is challenging members of our community to delete the word “nigga,” or as we in the media often put it, “the n-word” out of their vocabulary.
Adding to the already daunting dare, Paul Scott aka “Truth Minister,” wants those who utter it to put a dollar in a jar (or bucket) and donate those funds to a worthy youth organization. (Methinks Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Trinidad James and others would be able to put an entire generation through college with just one of their albums if they ponied up for the cause.)
Read Scott’s entire argument on adopting this challenge HERE.
Of course, there are two camps (and a lot of gray area) with this issue. Some African Americans believe the word has been co-opted into an affectionate term, and some high profile entertainers have even suggested it is drained of racist meaning.
Others have tried to “bury it,” literally in the case of NAACP.
Regardless, I think we can all agree that it is a loaded term that is still being used by some of its originators for its very ugly dehumanizing purpose.
So, that said: Would you be willing to take on this challenge this month ? Let us know why or why not in comments or talk to us about it on Twitter via @getjetmag.