The meaningless fight with the n-word has been around for a while, but it was recently resurrected when NFL stakeholders thought Black History Month would be an excellent time to announce considerations for a 15 yard penalty against players caught using the term. The NFL has a good cover: with 66% of its players being Black, this could be seen as a progressive move to protect them from on and off the field racism.
The above would be true only if policing the use of the n-word actually had any relevant impact on racism.
This won’t even begin to attack racism. What it will do is add another layer of policing in a Black dominated arena, ironically fitting the normalized belief that Black people need to be policed in everything from their consumption patterns to their reproductive patterns, and now including their speech patterns. It’s a racist policy, disguised as alleviation of racism.
Fighting “nigga” like it’s at all relevant to current Black struggles prejudicially suggests that the Black community is self-destructive, and does a disservice to people suffering under racist systems completely unrelated to how often someone uses an appropriated racial slur.
In other words, “nigga” doesn’t matter when the NYPD is willing to kick in your door without a warrant, and shoot your teenage son to death because he bought a bag of weed.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when there’s an obesity epidemic killing Black women.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when George Zimmerman can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend himself against prejudicially shooting an unarmed Black teen to death while the nation chants him on.
"Nigga" doesn’t matter when economically, Harlem residents have to choose between having an apartment to live in next month or eating processed garbage.
I wrote this piece so people can get past this bullshit and begin to fight real racism, please. Not just convenient straw men.