Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela·2yr ago·1:42

The N Word Let's talk about it

Spirituality

"…I don't know because I don't know about you, ladies and gentlemen, but if the neighbor next door and their family and if they call each other names, I'm not going to then think it's okay for me to go and call them names, too. If I see a father calling his son a son a dumbass, am I going to then run over there and call him a dumb a**, too? Why would I even want to do that?…"

#N-Word

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Paul OMahony

@omaniblog · 2yr ago · 1:07

"…I wouldn't dream of using that word. I'd be utterly horrified. If any. Well, no friend of mine would ever use that word. Nobody in my family would ever use use that word. I mean the connotations. There's nothing attractive about using that word. Now I'm not an American. It's a horrid word for anyone who cares about people to use. Yeah, I have no time for.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 0:50

"…But it just seems like with this particular word, everybody wants to be able to just use it and they're justification is to say that Black people call each other that. So I should be able to do it too.…"

Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 0:58

"…Yeah, I think it's an important thing to talk about. I mean, I can. I could kind of tell the way that came out of your mouth that you don't. It didn't sound natural. Didn't sound like you said that a lot. So mean. I can appreciate that. But it's just something that you hear about as a black man. You hear that type of s*** so much, it's just like, come on, man.…"

Dewuan .

@FryedOreo · 2yr ago · 4:17

"…And over time, of course, when you throw in the slave trade and Jim Crow and all these sort of atrocitrocities related to Blacks, it became this demonized word. But unfortunately, the plight of the Blacks in our way to get out of the struggle and means of spirituality and entertainment. We made the word popular again. It was interesting. Over time, the N word became the Nword. That's in style. Still, today I see some videos sometimes where you can have people of Latino dissent.…"

The N word will never lose power.

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 2:13

"…So just like they took the choice parts of the pig for themselves and threw out the guts and all the bullshit for us to eat s*** that they didn't even want to eat. And what did we do? We made chitlins. We made something now that they like to eat. So we made something good out of it, because that's the type of people that we are. We're very creative like that.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 2:14

"…Well, the reason why we took the word and used it as a term of endearment is so that we could take the power out of it. So the word could have less of an effect. And it signified, I think a common bond and a common history, a shared experience, a shared bond, because a lot of us feel like, hey, that's all we're seeing as anyway, because that's what we're shown every day. This is what we really think of you anyway.…"

Average Joe

@AverageJoe · 2yr ago · 2:17

"…Because somebody's been fired, somebody's been canceled to whatever degree of magnitude that cancelation has come. And then that argument is made. It's always kind of funny to me, because if you say to people, they argue, how come what's the difference if they can hear it all the time when they say to each other, what's the difference? Well, you know, not to walk up to a woman and call her a b****, right?…"

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Missy 302

@Missy302 · 2yr ago · 1:35

"…And Joe, I can't pronounce the however you were saying that the good old boys, I guess that feel like the white man is suppressed or whatever. But I doubt that explaining what you said about how other people call someone in their family, a name would make any sense to them or even get through to them. But, yeah, I just agree that's just a word that you just don't use.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 1:51

"…Missy. Joe Dewan, Robin, I thank all of you for all your input so far, Joe, you always you always bring the funny and a good perspective. I like that, right? It's the good white people of America. They just need to own everything, including all the Nword and insults they to want put a monopoly on it. I get it. It's not cool because just like you said, Joe, women talk to each other all the time.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 1:52

"…I've heard a lot of certain Mexican gangs and group members say it towards each other, so I don't know. I just think it's just an interesting topic. I think it's something we all need to discuss. If we're really trying to change s*** and get s*** better, all this s*** is going to come up eventually down the road.…"

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Missy 302

@Missy302 · 2yr ago · 0:55

"…I don't know. Is that bad? I don't know. I'll have to think about that, but that did not even enter my thought process until I just hurt heard you say it in terms of using that word. And why didn't it? I don't know why that wouldn't count for me. I don't know. That's interesting. I'll have to think about that.…"

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Average Joe

@AverageJoe · 2yr ago · 4:01

"…The song is playing you kind of mumble along with or whatever. If I'm listening to park or Biggie or Nipsey or something like that. Yeah, absolutely. I'm saying what the lyrics are, you know, and we actually it's funny based on your swell here. Alison and I had this conversation as we were heading to dinner last night because we were listening to the swell in the car, and I was saying, Well, you're not supposed to do that.…"

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Allie Mac

@AMac · 2yr ago · 1:27

"…And I have no time for it.…"

Powerful word

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Allie Mac

@AMac · 2yr ago · 0:17

"…I just want to clarify something in my swell. I said, I don't particularly care when I hear someone use that word, and that is not what I meant. I meant I meant to say, I don't particularly care for that word, and I don't like when people use it. So I just wanted to clarify that.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 2:39

"…Everybody is making a really good point, Joe. That s*** is funny. But the thing about it is that, like Joe said, it really boils down a lot, too, because understand, this is the power of hip hop. The power of hip hop, which I feel is the greatest cultural movement on the planet. It unites people in a way that religion, politics and none of that other s*** ever has.…"

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Samuel Lacuna

@Sarlax · 2yr ago · 5:00

"…So the cultural etymology here is pretty interesting, isn't it? Yeah. It comes out of European languages. It comes out of Latin, a root word that simply means black. But what's the context in which the Nword became ubiquitous for the description of people of African descent in the New World?…"

Etymologies and confessions

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 1:17

"…So that's just a fancy way of saying people have a different way of doing things. Everybody's got their own way of doing things. So yeah, when you take a person's language or when you adapt somebody else's language, you kind of take on the mindset.…"

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Samuel Lacuna

@Sarlax · 2yr ago · 3:52

"…You know, that point about mindset does make me wonder about intent. Earlier, it was said that intent matters. But I would question that because what about the listener center doesn't necessarily know the intent of who said the word. Right. Let's think of two comedians, Dave Chappelle and Michael Richards. Obviously, Dave Chappell is the funnier one on his show almost 20 years ago. Now Dave Chappelle would use the N word a lot of funny sketches out of that.…"

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Pj Baldwin

@JohnnyBaldwin · 2yr ago · 1:22

"…Holy smokes, my man. What white people are you hearing say that that's absolutely awful that they would ever think that they can say that word that blows my mind. I completely believe you. I just don't want to go in that town wherever that's at that should be absolutely unheard of for anybody to think that it's a good topic. It's a little sensitive.…"

Like Whoa.....keep me away from those white people that think that way!

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Swell Team

@Swell · now · 0:15

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DAVIS J X N

@Davis · 2yr ago · 4:35

"…I'm sorry, it's part of our history, but it is part of our history. Same access. The reason why I'm here is I was sent over. My family was sent over to live in Georgia in a Penal colony. So how am I any better.…"

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Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 0:27

"…You know, Davis, I respect you know what you're saying about that? I really do. But let me ask you about the Shaming comment that you made. You said Shaming has has no place in our society. But what about if this m*********** is just doing dumb s***? You can't shame somebody for doing dumb s***. Just curious.…"

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Mathyou Griffass

@Mathyou · 2yr ago · 3:56

"…But yeah, that's definitely the answer is just purely because they're told not to say it. I'm told that I'm not supposed to say the word f** and stuff because it's offensive and this and that. But it's kind of a fun word to say. And other cultures fact means cigarette. And it's like you go up to a kind. It's like an English accent. It's like, hey, Mike, can I boom Philadelphia.…"

My Quote at the end is a classic favorite of mine. Hear it, understand it,

Josh Anderson

@Enlightenme208 · 2yr ago · 4:55

"…This is the way it is on the fact that the government put a lot of black people on welfare. And the stipulation of that was the father couldn't be present. No male in the house that's f***** up. They made it that way. The government made it that way. Systematic racism that did take place. And maybe it still does today. It has to stop, though. It has to stop anyways.…"

Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 1:19

"…You're probably right with part of it that people just say things just because they're not supposed to say it. But I still don't know why it's that Nword that has to be said. It just needs to be said so much. But, yeah, racism is not something that's dependent on people talking about it. I don't believe that racism exists because people talk about it. I think it exists because it's in people's heads. That's why I think it exists.…"

Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 2:00

"…Well, EnlightenMe, let me just start off by saying that what you just said to my mind is part of the problem, because here in America, we tend to want to say things like that. Well, it wasn't my dad that did it. My dad didn't do it. My grandfather didn't do it. Nobody ever did that. But we do the same thing for 911 every year. Every year we're talking about it, but none of us were there, none of us.…"

Mtwadamela Ijogo

@Mtwadamela · 2yr ago · 0:09

"…Oh, and just by the way? My name is pronounced M? Twa de Mela? Mtoire.…"

Josh Anderson

@Enlightenme208 · 2yr ago · 4:25

"…Hey, what's up, man? And then I got a knock at the door and come in. It's like a party house. He was young anyway, Bachelor house. And anyways, income. Jake, I was like, hey, what's up, Jake? How are you doing? Right off the bat. I was like, Dude, are you in a bad mood? He didn't say s***.…"

Josh Anderson

@Enlightenme208 · 2yr ago · 0:58

"…But I knew God would not be content with the solar persistent and mine given up in my first difficult situation. So I kept my feet to the pavement, figuratively speaking. And guess what? I made it. I can't believe it. And now I got a beautiful daughter and her mother's son, whatever motor. And I just can't believe it. I made it alive if only you seen my life.…"

Josh Anderson

@Enlightenme208 · 2yr ago · 4:04

"…There's a good book that I read when I was a kid, and I only read it because you had to get so many accelerated reading points to pass the class. And this one book literally had all my points in it. And the very first page started off Crazy man and said, Me and the fellow were sitting there on the stoop and the craziest s*** happened. We look over and we see a white boy riding his bicycle through the town like he was lost or something.…"

Josh Anderson

@Enlightenme208 · 2yr ago · 2:38

"…How do you stop it? Because you know that there are people. Also, only white people can be racist. You know what I mean? Look at Chris Rock, the comedian. He is f****** openly blatantly racist, but it's cool. It's funny. Black people can say stuff about white people. Like, dude, if we were to say that s*** about black people, they f****** lose their mind.…"

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