Jill Scott: "I Was Called A N*gger"

Published: Monday 26th Nov 2007 by Sam
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald soulful singer Jill Scott detailed a recent incident where she was called a ‘n*gger’ and how she dealt with it:

“I was waiting outside for the valet to bring the car round, and these … I say kids, but they must have been 25, looking wealthy, five-o’clock-in-the-morning wasted. And this guy’s saying, ‘Step back nigger, step back nigger.’ He’s saying it like it’s a song, but there’s nobody out there but me. I was taken aback, and I said, ‘Excuse me?’

And he said, ‘Shut your mouth and don’t say a word when a white man is talking.’

“I’m not kidding. I started laughing, and I followed him and his cohorts through the parking lot laughing hysterically, and they became more and more uncomfortable. It was one of the best moments of outrageous laughter I’ve had. To think for one moment I could possibly fit into that box … I am so far from that word that it is funny. They looked so uncomfortable; I wanted to emasculate him, to make sure he was getting no nookie that night. The girls sobered up and were looking scared. It was something else – the first time in my life I’ve been called that. Wow. But I enjoyed it. You must fight back; it’s imperative. I like the fight in me now.”

I agree with her ‘fight back’ conclusion. It’s baffling that even in today’s society, racial discrimination still exists. SMH…

Any thoughts?

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  1. Anonymous November 26, 2007

    These people are hearin us call each other ‘n*****’ we should cut it out ourselves!

  2. Anonymous November 26, 2007

    F*** no! If a white man calls me a n****, I don’t care if I’m supposed to be the bigger man or not, he’d be dead. Being tha bigger man is over-rated. The N word can be used in a negative or positive way, so I doubt it’ll be cut. I’d be low if I let a white man calls me a n****.

  3. Anonymous November 27, 2007

    “These people are hearin us call each other ‘n*****’ we should cut it out ourselves!”

    Exactly. They want to be ‘in’ with us so they copy whatever we do. I can’t stand that word!


  4. Anonymous November 29, 2007

    I think that word is horrendous. I don’t use it at all and can’t stand that our own ppl use it. I just finished posting about Nas CD called N–. So actually get ready to hear it more when it drops on Black History Month, that month we honour our ppl who led the way for us.

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