Like an N Word from Texas

Back in the 1990s I had this Marvin Gaye tape playing and I was singing along to his “You’re All I Need to Get By” duet with Diana Ross. I got to one part and Natalai stopped me. “Wait, what did he just say right there? What’s the line?”

I was kind of surprised but I answered “like an eagle protects his nest.”

“Ohhh. Haha!” she says. “I always wondered what he said there but I couldn’t figure it out. When that song first came out I thought he said ‘like a nigga from Texas.’ I was like what’s so special about a nigga from Texas?”

I will point out here that Natalai is a black chick and therefore she allowed to toss the n word around. Just so you guys don’t get mad. I thought more about the line and I could see how she could get it mixed up. Phoentically it is:

lik a nee gul pru tek siz nest

lik a ni gu frum tek siz (?)

Sometimes when we hear or see something incorrectly it is due to prior experience which colors our expectations. Being that the n word was rarely heard in my household as a child I wouldn’t have expected to hear that from Marvin Gaye. Natalai may have heard that word more since she was probably around more black people than me and that word might have been used more liberally in those circles. Anyway the idea what Marvin would make reference to an n word from Texas as being somehow a special case or the penultimate in something or other struck us both as kind of funny so we laughed.

That was a rather benign misunderstanding but there are other associations in race issues that are not quite so funny and laughable. One involves a recent Guy in the UNLV Jacket post where he ran into another black dude who argued that black people need to unite behind the black agenda. UNLV tried to tell him that black people are not one giant monolithic group with identical agendas but this dude would hear nothing of it. His philosophy was clearly based upon some racial collective atavistic bullshit that you would like to think had died right along with the Jim Crow laws. Unfortunately it has not.

I used to believe that the civil rights movement of the 1960s had been unfairly smeared by its opponents with charges of communist influence. I know now that those charges were not false. The nature of the collectivist (communist) movement is that they seek the disenfranchised (that means people who don’t own a McDonalds), people who feel they are the victims of the current political system. They don’t seek the correction and redress of these wrongs, they seek to exploit them in order to incite class warfare. It is for that reason that the civil rights movement, which began as a struggle for equal protection under the law (the proper vehicle to insure individual rights), was hijacked and turned into a collectivist movement that rears its head in racial politics to this day. Take, for example, the case of a Jewish democrat running for office in a primarly black district in Brooklyn. Charles Barron, a black New York City Councilman, had this to say about the matter:

“People keep saying David has the right to run. Well, we should be talking about group rights, not individual rights.”

Ok dumbass, groups don’t HAVE rights beyond those that belong to the individuals who are voluntarily a part of that group. Every individual has the right to free speech and the right to own property, etc. A group of 100 people have those individual rights 100 times. A single person has the right to bargain for the terms of his employment (this is how you reach mutual consent). 100 people, if they voluntarily delegate this power to a representative, have given this representative the right to bargain for them. But groups don’t have some mystical new rights the individuals don’t have in the first place. That concept is completely GAY.

Anyway the struggle for equal rights began as a struggle for equal individual rights. If a white guy has the right to vote, to sue in a court of law, to marry, to own property, whatever, then a racial minority individual should rightly have these options too. THAT is equal rights and THAT is equal protection under the law. The idea that people of a certain color should all fall into line behind one agenda is not equal rights, it’s racism in its purest form. The idea that the government owes duties to certain groups of people but not to others is racist too. Believe that, learn it, love it, and LIVE it. Or I’m gonna go off on you. . . like an n-word from Texas!

11 Responses to “Like an N Word from Texas”

  1. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    By that way of thinking if the Jewish guy can’t run in a majority black neighborhood then a black guy can’t run in a majority non-black district. Way to bring back segragation jackass!

  2. Phelps says:

    Next thing you know, you’ll be telling me that the lyrics to Highway to Hell are “season ticket on a one-way ride”.

  3. mexi says:

    If he’s saying “ticket” then that’s the most regional pronunciation I’ve ever heard in my life!

  4. mexi says:

    Quasar, I deleted your comment because I do not like the n word when it ends in “er” because then it sounds like a racial slur. When a black person says it and it ends in “a”, and ESPECIALLY when it is followed by “from Texas”, then it just sounds like an adjective clause, kind of like “that fellow from Arkansas”. I am not comfortable with that word being on my blog any other way.

    p.s. you might call the factoring of the race of the speaker racism in itself. I argue that it speaks to context and one might factor that towards intent. It’s a general rule that would not be absolutely correct in all cases but it makes my determination reasonably easier as I don’t care to psychoanalyze every use of the word.

  5. Nice Rack says:

    Mexi, I didn’t get to see you this past weekend. I am officially 18 for 21 games this summer on league. I’m starting to get worried, I’m up to an 1166 and will probably be shooting 4th on my Tuesday night team, if not 5th if I continue to increase. I’m also in first for MVP points right now, and 40 points up on the next highest female. Not too shabby. No idea if we are going out tomorrow night, it’s techno night again.

  6. mexi says:

    Techno is gay. Sorry I didn’t come out last Friday, I’m becoming a hermit. F techno, go to the Irish Pub!!!

  7. Citizen Quasar says:

    Mexi: “p.s. you might call the factoring of the race of the speaker racism in itself.

    That is exactly what it is: RACISM; on YOUR part!

    Sometimes it is necessary to call a spade a spade.

    P.S.
    Do you even have a clue as to what race I am?

  8. Mexigogue says:

    Whatever race you are you seem to have an anti black bias. For example, when referring to that woman who falsified DNA results for the crime lab (Okalahoma?), you referred to her as “that black bitch”. Why is she not simply “that bitch”? Her race neither adds nor subtracts to her actions in that matter. If you’re a white guy, then you’re quite possibly an anti black racist white guy. If you’re a black guy you might be a self hating anti black black guy. Or maybe you’re a non racist guy (of whatever color) who felt compelled to point out the race of that lab technician for some other unknown reason.

    Maybe you’re Mexican. I don’t know and I don’t care. As I said before I don’t feel inclined to psychoanalyze every person who uses the n word. I don’t like it when it ends in “er”. That will stand. Black folks get some leeway with that word just like I’d give my brother leeway if he said that my mom is a bitch. If somebody on the street says that then we gotta fight. I will not explain it any further than that.

  9. Citizen Quasar says:

    You, sir, posted this topic.

    As has been demonstrated before, YOU are a racist who ignores the word “illegal” when refering to Mexican immigrants.

    In any case, I did make a racial slur when refering to “that black bitch who falsified DNA for the DA’s office in Oklahoma City. This was improper on my part. Sometimes the race thing manifests itself despite what is objectively correct…just like it did when you showed your bias by deleting my post.

    In any case, and for the record, as a Caucasian, I lived through the whole “racial integration�/�racial desegregation� thing before YOU were even born.

    As a young child in my family, I was taught NOT to use the word “nigger� but, rather to consider blacks (often called “colored people� then (but that is a legal issue)) as my equal fellow human beings and as Americans.

    When I was in the fourth grade in elementary school, they “integrated� the schools. This meant that black children who lived in a white school district could go to white schools and white children who lived in black school districts could go to black schools.

    There were only five or six white children who attended the nearby black school and about a dozen black children who attended the white school.

    Also, about this time, they integrated the local swimming pool, which until now had been for whites only. As I and my older brother had been swimming here for years, my parents took us here one day after this occurred. The entire pool was filled with over 100 blacks and only one other white person. We swam all afternoon with these black people.

    A couple of days later, my father was confronted by his associates at work about this and had to fight his way out of the office and come home early. Because the police were bigotted whites, they would not even take a police report. Therefore, my parents bought us a membership to a “whites only� country club where we could swim without further incident.

    Meanwhile, at school, I made friends with a black student (named Lynn Cooper). He, his two younger (twin) brothers, and younger sister would walk home from school with me as they lived on some dirt roads off the school-walk trail.

    I became very good friends with Lynn, and his siblings, as Lynn was a big fan of Star Trek and I was too. No one else at the school watched Star Trek or was into space.

    I took his side many times in racial fights on the playground when other boys and girls would surround him and taunt him by calling him “Nigger!�

    I am 49 years old now and still am the same. If there is any racism in me, it is because of ignorant fucks like YOU who would rather perform censorship rather than admit that the word is: NIGGER!

    Get your head out of your ass, dude!

  10. mexi says:

    1) How is the fact that I ignore the word ‘illegal’ in illegal immigrant racist? Am I treating white, black, or asian immigrants different than Mexican immigrants?

    2) Yes I did show bias by deleting you post. That’s because I don’t like to be an armchair psychoanalyst but I’ll leave your lastest one there so people can see what this debate is about.

    3) The fact that you lived through integration before I was born does not mean you are right, it just means you are old. You don’t get extra points for wrinkles.

    4) The fact that you defended black people in your childhood does not preclude the possibiity that you might still hold some racist views. Hell, even George Jefferson was nice to Bentley sometimes.

    5) A private individual is not capable of censorship. Only a government can do that. Or are we really to believe that I have power over the entire blogosphere and all the printing presses?

    I don’t like that word, so sue me. If you started posting links to Barbara Streisand pictures on this blog I would delete those too.

  11. Citizen Quasar says:

    Thank you for your comments. It’s a new day. Now let’s move on.

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