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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What up niggah!

I would like to discuss a word, I have heard, in use since I have been on the other side of the world. Yes, I know, I know. I've been asking my self the same question. Why would Vietnamese have use for a phrase like, "nigga please."

Well, they don't, and, they won't, unless they are reciting somebody's lyrics. It has been my Fran├žais amis, who used this 'dis. My suspicion tells me French African rappers frequent the "n" word in their music, I don't listen so I do not know for sure. What is true indeed is the use of the word from American rappers and the effect it has on those across the globe who "love" hip hop culture. I hung out with my French friends the other day. We were sitting in Tuan's apartment when Bobby walks through the door and greets Tuan with, "What up niggah!" matter of factly.

Of course we all laugh. And though I was slightly disturbed that this French-born Vietnamese knew the use of such a word would bring about humor, I said nothing. It was later in the evening when I became more disturbed.
Would I get the same response if I walked through the door addressing my girl Linh with,
"Whaddup chink!",
 Maybe, if my name was Dave Chapelle.
Hmmm, what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I guess the cats out of the bag now. I've heard Singaporeans use the word also. Germans use Diggah which has nothing to do with the N-Word. I wonder if they'll start making movies with the word in it with no black people around anywhere, then that will take the hate out of the word. Just groups of everyone else calling each other the N word, but the black person is maam or sir. I guess that's what its gonna have to take to break the hold of oppression this word has on black people... i'm not holding my breath for that to happen though...