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Bill Maher Gotta Go and Y’all Good Ni***s Do Too

In a typical day, the word “nigga” or its plural comes out of my mouth and keyboard at least a few dozen times. I make no apologies for that. Niggas gon’ have to deal with it.

But contrary to the crux of the typical respectable nigga jargon, my indulgent use of the word “nigga” ain’t got shit to do with anybody who ain’t Black saying it. “How can you get mad at white people for saying it when you say it?” For one, I don’t need any reason to get mad at white people. I came out of my mother’s womb ready to roundhouse kick Chad and Becks. But I digresss…

I’m not in the business of pushing the lie that white people, who invented the word as a dehumanizing slur, only continue to use it because Black people do. White people ain’t never had to look past themselves for inspiration, guidance or instruction on how to be racist. So Bill Maher and his liberal racist bullshit has nothing to do with whether Black people call each other “my nigga” or not. In fact, I wonder how deep in your coondom you gotta be to argue that a white man referring to himself as a “house nigger” was enabled by Black people. And I’m even more curious as to why Black people are lining up to defend Maher, who has a history of engaging in the classic liberal racism where white people think because they aren’t voting for the Grand Ol’ Party and own a few hip hop albums they’re absolved of their responsibility for the system that preys on Black and brown bodies, from the accurate designation as a racist.

I don’t understand this fascination with being more concerned with labeling white people racist than with the consequences of their racist actions. If we are honest with ourselves, there are no real consequences for a white person being labeled racist. Even if they lose contracts or employment, there’s a line of “free speech” defenders waiting to hire them. But the consequences to your Black ass for squirming and contorting to explain why the casual use of not just a racist slur but a phrase that endorses colorism and classism is just a joke and does not make its user a racist are real as fuck.

Maher is a white man in his sixties. He’s rich. He’s been on TV for decades. He’s at the most lucrative intersection of all: white, male and rich. You can’t hurt him, but he’s always in a position to hurt Black people.

He’s always in a position to invite members of the oligarch to sit on his show and have witty debates about shit that affects the lives of poor Black and brown people directly and devastatingly. He’s always in a position to sit trading jabs with Anne Coulter about how inept her party is, after introducing her as his “good friend” and before they meet up to laugh over drinks because their white asses have the luxury of being friends despite political differences since their ideological differences never have to do with questioning the humanity of one or the other. He’s always in a position to spout vicious racist rhetoric only to become the latest cause celebre because freedom of speech and the freedom from persecution and all that other bullshit white people champion when they want to convince motherfuckers that their right to be overtly racist trumps our right not to be the victims of their racism. He’s always in a position to be “forgiven” by white people for saying some shit that targets the marginalized because we know that white people are the final say in whether or not something is racist or even offensive.

I’m just tired of y’all niggas, even more than I am tired of white people because I don’t expect shit from them but their continued orchestration of the murderous regime that uplifts and protects them. I’m exhausted with debating Black people about why it’s not alright to refocus discussions about white arrogance and racism to how Black people can lead by example because y’all niggas have at least 400 years of examples to prove that white people are gonna do white shit no matter how much humanity or dignity we operate with. I’m done with niggas sitting on social media typing essays to white people about why us saying “nigga” and them saying “nigger,” “nigga,” “nignog,” “nigglet” or any other variation of the word is not the same because y’all niggas still begging white people not to be trash ass racists is like begging a dog not to bark. And I’m done with niggas in suits (looking at you Michael Eric Dyson) defending Bill Maher’s “joke” because that HBO money will always mean more than to them than niggas will.

So honestly, Bill Maher can slide down a pole full of razors into a pool of alcohol and take all his defenders and pardoners with him. And that includes you uppity niggas who don’t want “anybody saying that word,” and definitely you cool niggas who have white friends and stick to the mantra that not everything is racist or that Black people are too sensitive. Y’all can all go play in the land of liberal racism which smiles in your face while living in the gated community where the gate is to keep niggas like you out. Y’all one in the same to me.

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Kinfolk Kollective avatar About the author: LaSha is a writer who’s obsessed with Black people. Find her work here of course, but also on Ebony, The Guardian, Essence, Salon, Everyday Feminism, Teen Vogue, HuffPo and For Harriett. She’s loves trap music & 90s R&B, watches Jeopardy faithfully and believes fried chicken is her soulmate. The clapback queen is loud and clear about loving her kids above all else and kinda digs her Yankee husband too. Anti-Blackness gives her hives. Get at her @lashawrites on Twitter.

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