Innocuous Bill Maher Offends House N*ggas (Justified Offense Comes After Knowledge)
The Talk Show Host Has Raised Some Eyebrows For His Choice of Words
6/11/17, 4:16 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from eurweb.com
-House Nigga: A house slave, the one who is always after the master, the kind of slave that is the closest to the master. The most flexible type of slave. Nowadays, often used to designate blacks who serve a white like they slaves.
Also see: Uncle Tom
-"The house nigga will sell you up the river
So to massa, he'll look bigger
And when ya bet under a rock, he'll slither" -KRS-One
Once upon a time, a friend of mine (let’s again call him Drunkard, #ForSimplicity *ForSimplicity) was in a bar…
Unfortunately, this is necessary: Drunkard this time was a ‘white dude’ (unfortunate because a story dependent on knowing before the race of one of the characters means it’s a shitty story (at least)). He started talking up this ‘white chick’ who’d recently gotten back from doing ‘charity work’ in South Africa for the previous several months. After a few drinks, Drunkard was feeling pretty good. He and the nice young lady had been talking and chumming it up all night long, a total of at least three hours by now. She liked good hip-hop. He wasn’t a dick. They were the perfect match…
Finally, he and the woman got up on the dance floor and started dancing with one another. Their passion was luxurious: twerks, dice-rolls, rug-burn grinds, the whole nine. It was fun, all was good–
Until that racist The Notorious B.I.G.’s anthem of hate, ‘Juicy’ (from 1994s FASCIST Ready to Die), came onto the speakers (like, have you read the lyrics? Seriously…).
Drunkard and his lover were singing along, seemingly not even thinking about the microaggressions they may have been giving those around them by closing their eyes and pressing their faces up against each other's, all the way up until that horrible line in the song, ‘and if you don’t know, now you know, nigga.' It was sung not censored–along with Biggie–by Drunkard, though certainly censored and acknowledged as such even before that last word with the raise of her finger and a stern eye, by the true love of Drunkard's heart’s desire *TheTruestLove. The moment following his irrefutably fascist non-censorship of the 'art' in question, the woman SLAPPED Drunkard in the face, sent him HURLING headfirst toward the ground, as she ran off with her friend out the bar (this is a true story, by the way).
There is nothing more to this story; its meaning is asinine, and its inclusion in this article is a troll.
There’s been some phenomena surrounding known racist scum Bill Maher’s use of the N word in an ad-libbed joke he made on his show Real Time with Bill Maher last week (like, are you even really a person if you’re a racist??? (answer: ...a shrugged yes)). Since then, it seems every African American in history has had an opinion on it (in fact, omg, where is Frederick Douglass on this?), and while I can’t say any of them are wrong (we’re all entitled to our own opinions and emotions; the N word obviously has a fucked up origin and meaning, and the controversy here is justified), I can (and perhaps should?) disagree with the thought that turning a white dude’s use of it into a quasi-revolutionary (violent) political rallying call is not inherently racist.
Is this a right to one's own opinions and emotions? Mine (on this topic): people’s actions and ideas are rallying calls, words are interpretations of those things (actions, ideas and rallying calls), and must necessarily, therefore, be taken in Absolute context (meaning: they mean nothing on their own). They're tools; you may not like the fact that 2+2=4, but blaming 'math' because of it, and then quantifying the guy who used 'math' to get to 2+2=4 as personally blamefully bigoted is regressive. It’s ignoring the fact that 2+2=4 is the thing that you’re mad at, not 'math' itself, or the guy who employed it (what’s that phrase? ‘don’t shoot the messenger’?).
I'm not talking about the N word being a bad word, that's obvious (it is). I'm talking about what makes the N word a bad word; 'racism', and what makes 'racism' 'racism'.
‘Racism’ as a concept transcends Individual people. It is an Absolutely Individual plight, but an Absolutely relative Societal problem, making ‘racism’ itself the object of ‘our’ disdain (meaning: outside of personal experience), not directly the ‘People’ employing it (or: if we’re assuming that people can change (or: that there is such a thing as ‘time’)), though relatively more-directly-than-otherwise the people employing it maliciously (racism being a much more kind of malicious Form than it is any potential opposite of ‘malicious’). To relegate the idea to one person (again: outside of personal, individual, experience (meaning: if someone is treating you like shit, act accordingly; I’m just trying to differentiate that from how we understand Societal concepts (and how they’re different))) is to ignore the idea's potential to reach more than on person.
Without that dichotomous understanding (individual-and-experience vs. societal-and-conception, subjective/objective perception (what is: reality (dichotomous human perspective)), fact vs. emotion, etc.): you're only fighting against yourself.
Here’s the original exchange from Real Time:
Maher: “I’ve gotta get to Nebraska more.”
Sasse: “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.
Maher pauses, shakes his head, crowd ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.
Maher: "Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house nigga.”
And then Drunkard’s lover says: ‘That is not funny, Drunkard–’
That was a week ago, and on Maher’s first show back Friday night, aside from some obvious frustration near the end, Maher spent almost the entire episode letting himself get stomped on for it. I’m rather torn over Maher’s reaction. Yes, the joke was random and in bad taste, especially given the political turmoil nowadays (although it’s not clear where Sasse was trying to go with it), and, obviously, people are going to be affected by the use of that word by a white dude no matter what the circumstances (as they have every right to be (it is a shitty word, whose inherent context relegates any current context as almost irrelevant– but never fully (it being the ‘present’ day and all, and not the ‘past’ (or regarding the in-time shit involving the ‘elusive’ ‘moment’ (pretentious fuck))))).
You deserve this right, as everyone has this automatic right (for perception) to feel emotions not obstructed by outside forces (nobody can theoretically force me to feel something (‘theoretical’ being the key word #TheNeverendingWarAgainstTheSuccubus )), and, again, especially after remembering the history associated with that word.
So nobody can honestly get upset at another person for feeling a certain way, but one can get upset when those feelings are argued as invariable hard-won facts which need to be considered Absolute nor overwhelming when it comes to general societal rhetoric or especially to lawmaking. (Hate speech isn’t free speech? That’s thought police.) Bill Maher has always been a champion of this, and in a world which seems to be increasingly forgetful of the lessons learned from history, which is why I'm torn.
Let’s take a quick moment to induce nostalgia (phew).
Could it be argued that Dave Chappelle potentially made a career off making the kinds of jokes Bill Maher made last week? Arguably the best comedian since Bill Hicks, and absolutely one of at least the top ten of all time, following his first few years of fame, Chappelle went ‘headfirst’ into complete ‘doubt-and-uncertainty’ following his own realization that his comedy may have been having a negative effect on the way people of all races view and understand racism. (Real quick: if it was his own understanding which prompted this reaction, imagine if the majority of the culture was leading him that way as well.) Because of this, he left the scene for about ten years. It’s difficult to say that he’s truly recovered from it (personally I loved his two recent Netflix specials). I mean, fuck, man, if Dave Chappelle made the joke Bill Maher made, and in even the same exact way and manner, we’d be prepping ourselves for his imminent full-blown comeback! We’d be fuckin’ in love with it!
But race is more important than comedy. It’s more important than thought, care, empathy, or sympathy, because it intellectually precedes all those things (*Clearly *Clearly *Clearly). (Intellect and primacy are dichotomous (or at least in the process of becoming conscious (so, further: that dichotmoy (intellect and primacy) is a likely further dichotomy with whatever comes after ‘intellect’ (again, in the growth of consciousness)).)
Yes, the reason for the difference is primarily because Dave Chappelle is ‘black’, and I would adhere to admit that this argument does indeed make moral sense, but if we’re trying to move beyond the subconscious application of such a deep and subconscious concept as 'racism', we need to stop using the phrase, ‘because so-and-so is ‘white’ (or ‘black’, or any other race for that matter)’. That argues for the primal ‘race’ concept to be overvalued and to overtake the intellectual ‘dichotomous’ concept (in this case secondarily adhering to the ‘race’ concept as an equal to anything else, though with political ramifications), and thus become the only thing worth giving any thought to (meaning: fuck care, or empathy, or fact, or individuality/personal experience: HE’S BLACK! (or white, or whatever)).
This is because that phrase (so-and-so is whatever race she is before she is anything else), and the idea behind it (and behind any inherent distinction between races in any specific interaction or honest artistic product (statistics are not all there is to perception)), is racist, as it implies irreconcilable differences between races (and specifically not between Individuals (which is the whole issue here: 'black' people want to be treated and viewed as Individuals, not state-employed (or: ideologically sponsored) slaves)).
This is not to render any personal disdain for a ‘white dude’ trying to tell a ‘black dude’ what race is, as the black dude likely has more experience in its everyday implementation, although this is to say that every experience provides for a different avenue towards understanding, and that to assume that any other person’s honestly reported avenue is somehow ‘wrong’ compared to anyone else’s is just being a dick. Racism is stupid, but just saying that over and over again isn’t going to get it to go away.
But one of the ways of getting past it is by making jokes about it (racism), inadvertently lightening the situation, and therefore allowing people to look at the situation more objectively, and without so much strictly blinding emotion (reasoned, open, or understood, emotion, is very different than blind, closed, or ignorant, emotion).
Comedians like Maher must be able to be controversial (or: ‘go against the mold’), as all artists do, but comedians arguably more so. They need to be able to employ the freedom necessary to try out new ideas and push ontological boundaries. Without this potentiality for criticism, not only does society become stagnant and stale (and, eventually, destroyed due to a lack of ability to move forward or meet new challenges), but ‘the artist’ herself ceases to exist altogether, making life dull and boring for the Individual, and bitter and full of resentment for the would-be artist (‘footnote’(?): is this how ‘racism’, or the indulged racist, began to exist in the first place: with the lack of the want to have fun in life? Or to let others choose to have fun in life, before choosing to overthink things?).
Malcolm X and MLK Jr. (both 'artists' by the way (philosophers)) both told people never to use the N word, ‘black’ people included. ‘It only brings us down,’ they said, yet it’s become a point of reference and independence in black culture ever since then, even arguably the biggest point.
If this serves to prove anything, it’s that words only have power if we give it to them. The word ‘nigger’ itself is proof of this in that it is one of very few words specifically created (being purposely derived from the word, ‘negro’) to be used to insult a group of similar looking people, which is why it's so shitty, but also why it's so dialectically interesting; those who created it just as easily could have chosen to go with ‘negbrat’, ‘negrosa’, or even ‘negbro’.
Hence why getting offended simply over words, or worse skin color is fucking stupid-
And racist (simple/closed-minded).
So now that we have this knowledge, should we start getting all crazy about the words we could use to export it as well?! Start telling people not to use them as insults, because their meanings are inherently insulting (because that always works to stop people from using those words (right!? RIGHT!?!?). Every word in every language theoretically could have been created to mean something bad, so maybe we should we should just stop talking altogether?! It would certainly make political conversation more enjoyable…
There’s nothing worse than some bitch interrupting Biggie–that’s a fact (and especially when true-love #TrueLove *TheTruestLove was a possibility before she did that…).