No. Bill Maher Can’t Say “Nigga”

 

There are white people who’ve gotten invites to our cookouts over the years. White people we consider non-threatening and “down” for the cause. These are white people who despite having white skin, relate more to Black people and Black culture than their peers. We gladly take them in, no questions asked. Teena Marie, Bill Clinton, Eminem, and Bill Maher to name a few. But sometimes, a white person will come along and get way too comfortable. They’ll show up empty handed, they’ll renege in the Spades tournament, and they’ll start taking to-go plates without saying “goodbye” to anybody, or helping to clean up. Unfortunately, at that point, their cookout pass has to be revoked. (See Rachel Dolezal)

Bill Maher, a popular media personality, has been under fire for the last week, after he decided to use the word “N*gger” on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The word rolled off of his tongue with such ease, it’s almost as if he’s had practice saying it. And while many people are eager to rush to Bill’s defense, the truth is, Bill Maher is old as hell. He knows damn well what the rules are about white people using the N-word. He knows the origin, he’s intelligent, and for God’s sake, he’s friends with Cornell West . He understands the weight of the word, and he knew what kind of reaction him saying it would evoke.

At this juncture, the public is left to assume that either:

  1. He doesn’t give a f*ck
  2. He doesn’t give a f*ck

And that is where the problem lies. Because in order for you to be invited to the cookout, you HAVE to value our feelings, our opinions, our BEING. I think through his recklessness, it’s been made very clear that Bill Maher does not value the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of his Black “friends.”

Here’s the thing- Black people paid for that word in blood, sweat, and tears, and therefore we OWN it. We got that shit trademarked. We can do what we want with it. We can use it in rap songs, we can use it as an intro to a juicy story we’re about to tell, we can even use it to tell someone we love them. We can use it on a plane, we can use it on a train, we can use it in a house, we can use it with a mouse. It’s ours. (And as far as I know, per the last Black People Coalition Meeting, we didn’t agree on a one day pass for one, Mr. Bill Maher.)

For me, this isn’t even about racism. This is about people like Bill Maher being habitual line steppers when it comes to the Black community. Black people have consistently and explicitly stated that the N-word is off limits to those outside of the Black community, FULL STOP. We don’t care HOW many NWA albums you’ve listened to. If you’re listening to one of their albums in my presence, I better not hear you say the N word then, either.

I don’t care how many Black people you’ve boned, how many Black friends you have, how many times you’ve watched the movie “Friday,” if you are NOT Black, the word “N*gger” or any variation thereof is to never leave your lips. Just as a Black person saying the word “kike,” “spick,” or “cracker” would be reprehensible, and out of line, we, the Black People Coalition demand the same respect. There are no passes. Yet and still, the question remains: As a so-called friend of the Black community, why would you WANT to say “n*gger?”

(*Rare footage of a Black person telling a white person not to cross the line and say “Nigger,” yet they persist, arguing their right to do so.)

All of that aside, I think the overarching theme when it comes to Bill, is that he is beginning to believe his own hype. He’s gotten so arrogant, and so short-sighted, that he’s beginning to feel that he’s invincible. And perhaps that’s the byproduct of being a rich, white man in America. Perhaps you become accustomed to having no accountability. Unfortunately, Black people don’t have that same privilege. We are almost always held accountable, even when we’ve done nothing wrong. So when a wrong is perpetrated against us, I expect the person who did it to be held accountable, and that is why Bill Maher just lost his invite. Ain’t no extra food.

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3 thoughts on “No. Bill Maher Can’t Say “Nigga”

  1. Take it or leave it, but cracker is hardly in the same category as actual racial slurs.

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