Innocuous Bill Maher Offends House Niggas (Justified Offense Comes After Knowledge)
6/11/17, 4:16 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from eurweb.com
(*Editors note: please ignore the slur in the title until read all the way through this article. Thank you.)
-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 call him Drunkard, *ForReference) was in a bar.
Drunkard at this time was a ‘white dude’, and started talking up this ‘white chick’ who had 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 this point. She liked good hip-hop. He wasn’t a dick. They were a perfect match.
Finally, he and the woman got up on the dance floor and started passionately dancing with one another, as passionate lovers often do; twirks, dice-rolls, the whole nine. All was fun and good, until that racist The Notorious B.I.G.’s anthem of hate, ‘Juicy’ (from 1994s 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 to those around them by closing their eyes 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 my friend, though certainly censored and acknowledged as such even before that last word with the raise of her finger and a stern eye, by the love of Drunkard's heart’s desire. The moment following his irrefutably fascist non-censorship of the 'art' in question, the woman slapped my dumbstruck friend in the face, sent him hurtling headfirst toward the ground, and then ran off with her friend out the bar.
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 and historically divisive ‘person’ 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 (they’re entitled to their own opinions and emotions; the N word obviously has a pretty fucked up origin and meaning), 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, and must necessarily be taken in context. 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 Form transcends Individual people. It is an Absolutely Individual plight, but an Absolutely relative Societal problem, making ‘racism’ itself the object of our disdain, not directly the ‘People’ employing it, 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 is to ignore the idea's potential to reach more than on person. You're fighting against yourself.
Here’s the original exchange from Real Time/ the original reason for the controversy:
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.”
That was a week ago, and on his 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, 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 should 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’)))). They deserve this right, as anyone deserves the right 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 and 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 comedians of all time, following his first few years of fame, Chappelle went ‘headfirst’ into complete ‘doubt-and-uncertainty’ mode 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!
Yes, the reason for the difference is partly 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 Form as 'racism', we need to stop using the phrase, ‘because so-and-so is ‘white’ (or ‘black’, or any other race for that matter)’.
This is because that phrase, 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, far from it)), 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)).
One of the ways of getting past this 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 must be able to be controversial (or: ‘go against the mold’), as all artists do. They need to be able to employ the freedom necessary to try out new ideas and push ontological boundaries. Without this, 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.
If this serves to prove anything, it’s that words only have power if we give it to them. The word ‘nigger’ itself is in fact 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 (for the record, whites, blacks, chinks, we all have the same DNA), 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 even worse skin color is inherently stupid-
And racist (simple/closed-minded).
So now that we have that knowledge, should we start getting all crazy about those words 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). 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…
Think: if we all decided that the phrase ‘house nigga’ meant someone who would rather get upset at the use of a word, especially when used obviously non-aggressively or in any way non-malevolently (like, just for ‘random’, ad-libbed example, when one is singing along with a song), it seems to me that the world would have a much easier way of singling out judgmental, self-righteous little assholes who only care about dividing people because they’re too damn lazy or scared to face their own duality. This is simply because the phrase ‘house nigga’ is just easier to say (about 21 words easier, to be exact (see: previous sentence)), nothing more (if you choose to understand it that way).
There’s nothing worse than some bitch interrupting Biggie–that’s a fact; especially when true love *TheTruestLove was a possibility before she did that.
#TheNeverendingWarAgainstTheSuccubus #LoveOverHate <3