WORDS

This particular topic has been swirling around in my mind for years and now I feel that the time has arrived for me to finally speak on it. As you can see, the title to this piece is (WORDS) and I’m going to speak about the power that people give them.. What exactly are words except a means of which we communicate and interact with one another for whatever the purpose may be. They are fundamental and primarily essential  to our understanding and learning but otherwise are not relevant…However, there are those people in the world who understand the power that words can have and will not hesitate to use them as a tool to divide, control, manipulate and exploit… So Beware!
Now, the words that I want to talk about at this time are those that are used for the sole purpose of hurting people or to elicit deep pain… Words that are intended to dehumanize, marginalize, denigrate, demean, humiliate, belittle another person.. Words like nigger, cracker, coon, honky, wetback, chink, monkey, faggot, queer and etcetra…. These are the words that most often times than not folks allow themselves to be stricken by only because they give these otherwise meaningless words power when they don’t actually have any.. That’s right, I said it; Words have absolutely no power whatsoever unless you give them power…
What are they really except a bunch of letters strung together that we have assigned a definition to. I mean, you can’t actually physically take them in your hand and cause someone grave bodily harm as you can some object such as a rock, stick, knife, gun or whatever now can you? However,  for some inexplicable reason that is far beyond my comprehension, folks get all emotionally worked up over some words that some ignorant folks verbally hurl at them.. It’s no wonder this world is so screwed up..Let’s take these following words for example (nigger, niggers, nigga, and niggas) which carry a very distinct and demonstrative history of racism, hatred, bigotry, ignorance and violence intended to demean and destroy the spirit of Black folks. At the time it served it’s purpose cause black folks just had to accept what white folks and others were dishing out. They would string our asses up from a tree if we ignored them back then but it ain’t like that now so these so-called offensive words only have the power to inflict hurt and pain if we allow them to.
Let me share something with you; I had this  instance where this white guy said ( yo mama) to me in an attempt to get under my skin. Really? I felt that it was very comical and I was a little surprised given the fact that he had to be at least  in his fifties. I mean c’mon man ( yo mama), I’m sixty-two and I haven’t heard that since grade school….Consequentially I thought it was ignorant and childish and replied to him (was that the best that he could do) and I guess next he was going to call me a nigger? The situation could have escalated if I had engaged him but I would not and refused to give him power by the mere use of a few words. Those words he shot at me were  blanks and had absolutely no power to inflict damage.. I basically rendered them  and him, powerless. The dude had nothing else in his arsenal and that was that!
Man listen up, folks need to develop some thick skin and stop being so sensitive about meaningless crap and learn how to deflect that nonsense because at the end of the day, that is exactly what it amounts to, nonsense!!! There are far to many things of greater importance than folks allowing themselves to be a slave to a word… Really? Once you have shown anyone that they can get under your skin by the mere use of a word or words, you no longer have power or control.. It is important to your well-being and state of mind to take control of what you allow to get inside of your head folks and what you are reactive too.. I know it’s a difficult challenge but I have to ask; Would you want to have power over yourself or concede that power to someone else?
Whenever you react emotionally you are completely powerless and you are now easily manipulated by a couple of meaningless words that someone hurls your way.. Yeah, I know that there are those folks who will disagree and talk about the history and what black folks had to endure. Believe me when I tell you this, we aren’t the only people on the face of the planet who have had to endure persecution, pain, suffering and hardship. You can be sure of one damn thing and that is we won’t be the last and as long as folks allow the history of the word nigger to enslave them to that past, that’s exactly where they will remain. Listen up when I tell you this, it will serve you well to just let go of some history, otherwise you will never be able to move forward…Don’t allow a meaningless string of letters define who you are or control you my brothers and sisters…That’s all I’m saying..
Now some of ya’ll might get offended by this statement but; It’s time for those of you who are offended being called niggers, crackers,  faggots and whatever to move on ..Let it go so you can grow…
Just thought I’d throw that in there atcha so don’t take it personal… 
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3 thoughts on “WORDS”

  1. Yep, always a pleasure my brother, friend stay at what you do we will come around soon enough. PEACE

  2. Brother Al Lawrence, as usual it is good to hear from you. Yes, a lot of us have yet to learn how to release ourselves from this unnecessary triviality. Folks need a little verbal slap every once in awhile to wake them the hell up..It’s is reassuring to know that you find meaning in my “WORDS” which are intended to enlighten, educate and uplift folks. Not tear them down! Thanks for reading and commenting brother and continue to educate your son. Eventually he will get it.. Peace and Blessings to you and yours…

  3. My brother it’s good to read your commentary as always, never spoken so profound to the point of slapping someone to get the message. Like you I’m sixty have been trying to get this same idea thru my eleven year old sons head, it’s simple if one has thick skin and mental prowess to indure. We as a society are weak, still have not gotten the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but, words will never hurt me”. This message is SO profound and I appreciate it this morning thanks for sharing keep pushing foward. PEACE

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