Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's amazing to me that with all of the ills that plague the country that the NFL is seriously debating legislating the use of the N-Word during football games. The 4 letter network ESPN even dedicated a 1 hour special this past Sunday to the use of the word. The debate included hip-hop artist Common, and esteemed journalists Jason Whitlock, Michael Wilbon and Jemele Hill (all 3 of the journalists are employed by ESPN).
The N-Word and it's use has long had monetary impacts on the economy especially with it's common use in the hip-hop community. Many people may not realize that the hit song "My Hitta" by YG in it's clean form is really titled "My Nigga" in it's explicit version. While the song has been cleaned up to generate airplay on mainstream radio, the cleanliness doesn't eliminate the nastiness of the song and the negative connotation that it truly represents. "My Hitta" is presently the number 8 most popular song on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart according to Billboard. It's been as high as #2 on the overall airplay list with Beyonce's "Drunk In Love" dominating everything R&B right now. "My Hitta" is a money maker bottom line and landed YG on the Arsenio Hall show for a performance of the song.
The NFL can try to legislate the use of the N-Word all it wants, and it's a popular topic to discuss on television debate shows but until the powers that be in music first and foremost take a stand on it's use, any debate about the use of the word is futile. It's cute for us to have an issue with Riley Cooper and Paula Deen using the word because they're of a different color. It's sad for us not to have an issue with a song titled "My Nigga"!