The Story of M.L.K.

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Originally posted on my Facebook on January 15, 2017, this poem summarizes my thoughts on the use of the 'n' word.

Submitted: February 08, 2018

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Why do young black people call each other nigger?
Whenever I'm called that, not gonna lie, I get triggered,
I remember idubbbz saying, "It's either okay or it's not,"
I guess the 3 centuries of slavery is something we forgot,
 
That's right, from when America was discovered till post Civil War,
You'd think after all that, we wouldn't use that word no more,
Nope, the white man still call us that even to this day,
To make us feel like we're lesser than human, so they say,
 
But it's okay for black people to call each other nigger,
Oh, I'm sorry, nigga; as if that makes it better, go figure,
I'm sure the Chinese call each other chinks all the time,
Seriously though, I wouldn't be surprised if in China, saying that is a crime,
 
Words like nigger, chink, kike, or spic got their roots from hate,
They were and are used for one purpose: to discriminate,
Martin Luther King once said, "We must learn to live together as brothers,"
That means you should care and respect your race as with others,
 
idubbbz had a point: you can't have an insult also be a compliment,
"So some words can't mean the same thing?" That's not what I meant,
You wouldn't say to you old man, "What's up my nigga?" would you?
So why are your friends exceptions? They're basically family too,
 
If Martin's dream came true, that word would be gone long ago,
But then artists like Jay-Z who use that word wouldn't have that edge, y'know?
Why don't we make King's dream a reality? For the sake of the children,
Start referring each other as brothers and sisters, or simply friend.


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