Do We Need A Nigga Recovery Program?


nas-kelis-grammysBe forewarned! Yes, you will find here, liberal use of what some tip toeing  politically correct folks call the “N Word”  in this piece. So if you find use of the word nigga nigger negroe Kneegrow, offensive, there’s about a hundred other pieces I’ve authored on this blog. Do a random search for whatever term pops in your mind and something is bound to pop up that won’t offend you. For all others, read on.

When one first hears the term Nigga Recovery Program, its easy to assume this must be something for white folks that keep letting that word slip out of their mouth. Or maybe for white folks that don’t exactly know what to do when someone else interjects that word in a conversation, article, or blog post.

Well, it’s not for white folks, and they need not apply because they aren’t the issue that this program aims to address. If they could get a hold of that ancestor that got that word going they’d probably choke the living hell out of that person.  As a matter of a fact 99% of living breathing healthy white folk like themselves living breathing and healthy and know one sure shot way to upset that balance is to aim their mouths at most any person of color and spew the word, Nigger. So we can’t drag white folks into this one here. Wait, hold on. Maybe Quentin Tarantino. He’d be about the only one. Luckovich Twain

According to the creator of the program, Philadelphia Therapist Abena Afreeka this program was designed,for those black folks who feel that “nigga” is a term of endearment that empowers Black people by removing the sting of racism and history of hatred from the word. Rappers quickly come to mind here. Don’t they?, Or those “Dawgs” of color who love  their “niggas” like they all busted out of an underground railroad together and call each other “my nigga” as a confirmation of solidarity, It’s for all those folk we see and hear everyday going “my nigga this, my nigga that, can a nigga get some breakfast, let me holla at these niggas a minute. I suspect the program is for females as well as males too. Hey some females of color can sling the word too. “If that ho don’t leave my  nigga alone, I’m going to snatch that horse hair out of her head.” “Girl, I ain’t studying that nigga.”

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This program has been in the conceptual stages for close to a decade, the Philadelphia therapist was motivated to kick it into overdrive after seeing the accolades heaped onto the shoulders of Hip-Hop heavyweights, Jay-Z and Kanye West, for their club smash, “Niggas In Paris.” Rappers again.

Ms. Afreeka told the Philly Post, people of African descent have never engaged in the process of healing for experiences and effects of those experiences that came out of that term, continued use of the term without attending to deep emotional wounds is irresponsible on the part of all parties involved. The Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University graduate says she developed this program, and is asking other folks of African descent, and Jay-Z and Kanye West,to engage in the process of recovery.

Ms. Afreeka goes on to explain the logistics of the therapy group and what participants can expect:

“They will meet with me in a group. It’s a group intervention. There would also be some individual work. They would complete a cultural genogram., They would learn to understand their relationships, their history, they would work to learn and understand self. This is substance abuse, the substance being using the N-word. And many of them are benefiting from using that substance”

Well I agree with her on many benefiting from the use of the word. The Hip Hop genre has managed to make millions off of the word. Now in order for them to have made millions, millions would have had to bought what they were selling. Uh, I see this program getting so big, sessions may have to be conducted in football stadiums. A nigga might have to get tickets to get in.

Anyway all of this left a nigga thinking. Are some so immersed in their perception of the meaning of a word that grew from the seeds of hate, oppression and bigotry, that they really need therapy? Or in cultures of color can the word find a subtle existence and thrive as some cohesive metaphor liking itself to unity and solidarity.?

Please let a Black Man know what you think in the comment area below.

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Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

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