Oakland rapper V-Nasty, the N-word and myth of post-racial Amerikkka (Opinion) | Oakland Local

Posted on August 17, 2011


Oakland rapper V-Nasty, the N-word and myth of post-racial Amerikkka (Opinion) | Oakland Local.  I’ve been reading a lot of stuff about this V-Nasty N-bomb “controversy”.. I found this article to be one of the best analyses.  Not that my white cis woman opinion on hood matters matters to anyone or is credible in all but the minutest sense, but i have an opinion so i might as well say it.  Or perpetuate what other people have said that I find to be incredibly poignant.  So read the article.  here’s an excerpt:

Myth: Obama’s election in 2008 eliminated racism (so why are black people still complaining?)

Reality: Racism still exists, but no one except black people think it’s a relevant issue anymore.

If we really lived in a post-racial society, then the N-word not only wouldn’t matter, but no one would be tripping off of white hoodrats who talk hella ghetto. Obviously, that’s not the case.

But there’s a huge contextual difference between someone like Michael Richards (aka Kramer on “Seinfeld”) using the N-word and someone like V-Nasty using it.

In Richards’ case, he was clearly using it as hate speech in the now-infamous rant at African-American hecklers who complained his standup act wasn’t funny. In V-Nasty’s case, she uses it because she self-identifies as a “real-ass bitch” and that’s how real-ass bitches talk, evidently.

One could speculate about her apparently dysfunctional upbringing – according to Kreayshawn, V-Nasty’s mother uses the word herself – but at the very least, there should be equal outrage over her use of the b-word. And, after viewing several of V-Nasty’s YouTube clips, it’s clear that she’s not using it for shock value, but as a placeholder in sentences, the way other people might say “y’know” or “you feel me?”

I’m going to leave the debate over whether V-Nasty can be considered “mobbin’” to others; that’s really neither here nor there.

And without defending the N-word itself – it’s distasteful to educated African Americans, and brings back painful memories to those who lived through the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras – let’s ask a salient question: Can we really expect political correctness from a hoodrat?

The simple fact of the matter is, in 2011, yes, Virginia, there are white hoodrats. Or half-white/half-Vietnamese hoodrats, as the case may be. This doesn’t excuse their use of politically-incorrect slang, but at the same time, that’s impossible to condemn without being somewhat hypocritical: the socioeconomic reality is that not every white person automatically has white privilege, and if you grew up in the deep East, surrounded by young black males with no fathers, well, you’d probably use the N-word a lot, too.

Ask yourself: How many people do you know from the ghetto – white, black, yellow or brown – who speak “proper” English? So maybe this isn’t really about race, but more about environment, socioeconomics and identity.

Now, can we break down the use of the N word when yuppy white suburban kids use it? It needs to happen.