A group of teens at South Forsyth High School in Georgia hung a giant banner reading “Nigga We Made It #2k14” from the side of the school and wrote it in several windows around the school. Apparently they were inspired by Drake’s track “We Made It.”
The school released a statement saying:
“South Forsyth High School Parents: This morning, without our knowledge, students placed a derogatory sign with a verse from a song by Drake on our school as a senior prank. We removed it as soon as it was brought to our attention and deeply apologize for their behavior. This is unacceptable and I promise you that the students will receive the appropriate consequences for their actions.”
*sigh* I don’t even know where to start with this one. Like, I’m almost speechless because I know the things I want to say aren’t going to make sense to some people and will seem like bullsh*t following my post about HBCUs. But I’m a woman and I stand by my opinion so I’m going to try my best to tackle this.
I can’t tell you that I didn’t grow up hearing the word or that I don’t hear it in conversations today.
If I said I don’t use the N-word, I’d be lying to you. So I won’t say that.
If I said I was angry when I saw this news story, I’d be lying to you. So I’m not going to say that either.
What I will say is that I don’t want to get into a debate about the usage of this word…I really don’t.
I can’t listen to a station on Pandora, a 30 minute cycle on the radio (even though the music is edited) without hearing the N-word or an obvious substitution for it. It’s all over movies, social media, television shows and so on. I’ve been called a nigga/nigger before and I’m well aware of the history of the word. I hate racism and I grew up (and live) in Mississippi so I’m surrounded by it.
I think these students went too far…not because they are White…just in general. I’m sure if Black students had done the same thing they would be under fire as well. I’m not sure about the punishment for them because they are seniors about to graduate, and what type of punishment would really be “appropriate” anyway?
All I have to say is that I’m not surprised that they would do this. They hear the word as much as Black people do and so many other races of people use it as well. Black people don’t own the word so we can’t say we can use it while others can’t. Furthermore, if you use the word you really can’t be all that offended by it, right? This is one of those things that will probably always be an issue and as long as it’s used so heavily in pop culture and in our homes and behind closed doors, it will be an issue for a long time.
What are your thoughts?