WHEN CELEBRITIES LIKE CHARLES BARKLEY TALK ABOUT THE N-WORD, THEY TEND TO FORGET THE CHILDREN -
By Attorney Roy Miller
– It concerns me that everyone in support of n-word usage is publicized and treated as an expert. I don't think they even care about our children. Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrance Howard and many other Black celebrities have tried to convince our youth to accept being called n-words and pretend that spit is actually cool rain.
However you pronounce it or spell it, we still know what you mean. I do not believe that these type of celebrities really love our black children or their hearts would not let them treat them so coldly. They would see their pain. They should go to integrated elementary schools and ask a black child, how does it feel? Does it hurt? Our youth are the invisible innocent ones that get hit by the rocks of disrespect that adults throw into crowds, just for pleasure. Children are like dogs on a chain and cannot get away from parents that disrespect them and expose them to things that can only hurt them. I see the little guys in cars and their parents play music with profanities and sexually stimulating language. How can adults say they love a black baby, look at her and then call her the n-word?
In 1994, I became the first and only person to succeed at having the n-word deleted from a major dictionary. I am the only person in the world that can speak beyond theory about the n-world, yet my name is never mentioned in discussions. I am a scholar. I don't smoke drink or do drugs, never have. I have an excellent reputation and I truly love everyone. I have a lot to say, because I love my people and I care dearly about what happens to our children. Positive self-esteem is critical to our babies, especially when they are being predicted by third grade as to whether they are candidates for prison.
Prior to 1994, the typical definition read something like, "n-word: any dark skinned or colored person... profane, obscene... see negro." This had to go. The documented acknowledgment, by an expert of words (Funk & Wagnall's,) that such definition was wrong towards innocent black children and babies. The accomplishment that God allowed me forced dictionaries throughout the world to quietly make changes. Anyone can go to a library and look at the definitions before 1994 and after and see for themselves. Change began with my accomplishment. I have spoken with thousands of people on the topic since and I always listen to people, especially children. I feel that God chose me for a reason and I will stand. I feel very proud that a respectable and good child can now look in a dictionary and not see the pre-1994 definition. They may never know me, but I love them.
As a Professor at Fort Valley State University and having taught at Morehouse College, I often talk with students regarding the power of giving and demanding respect. God gives us the choice to love Him and accept Him, but he doesn't give us a choice in respecting him. In fact, words of blasphemy against God are unforgivable. We should learn from God. We should never accept usage of the n-word, the ultimate word of disrespect against us and ever spoken.
Around the world, in every country, in every city and in every group, two things have always been certain. Those that demand respect have always been on top and those that accept disrespect have always been on the bottom. The demand for respect is a Godly requirement; Acceptance has its unfortunate consequences. I will fight until death for our children and I will have no regrets. I feel that God will know that I did my best to answer His call.
Attorney Roy Miller may be contacted at www.attorneyroymiller.com
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