By your own words, nigger and Black are the same. Here’s why: For one, you’re still using it to describe ONLY Black people, and if you did call someone else a “nigger,” it would likely be due to them acting in a way that you perceive as “acting Black.” You’re using “nigger” to describe a “type” of Black person. You’re using a racial slur to label what you think is a sub-category or subgroup of the Black race… But guess what? That still makes it a hatred of Blackness and Black people. I love how you think you have a right to separate “those Blacks” from “these Blacks.” You sound like you’d fit right in during slavery.
There is no difference between the two, despite your idiotic protests. That’s simply how you attempt (and fail) to justify your hatred. It’s an argument/stance that has more holes than Swiss cheese. You can try to (very poorly) rationalize your racism all you like, but rap isn’t the root of racism.
Racism existed before rap existed.
As an aside, when mainstream rap had a more positive message and promoted Black pride and unity, White folks wanted no parts of it. During hip hop’s golden era, artists with more positive messages were just as viable and popular as artists who had these negative messages. And the culture reflected that. Even so, Whites still demonized it, and it was not until White people realized how much they could capitalize off of it that they hijacked it and caused the decline of rap; leading to what it is today. I find it interesting that you mention the sexism and misogyny in mainstream rap—which I fully acknowledge is there—while likely excusing and/or ignoring the sexism, materialism, and misogyny in other genres of music (i.e. rock, which was once ours, too, might I add). Your issue isn’t the negativity found in the music. Your issue is the race who dominates that genre of music.
To get back on track, racism is not caused by music. Racism is not caused by the victims of racism/marginalized groups/minorities (i.e. any non-White person in the U.S. and any other White-dominated country). Racism is caused by a group of people who wish to subjugate another on the basis of racial superiority. It’s caused by a group who uses their power to create systems and institutions of oppression for anyone who falls outside of said group. Conversely, they also create systems of privilege that maintain and spread their power. In-fighting and other divisive ploys (i.e. anti-Black racism, lateral racism) are put in place to create a diversion from the issues that truly plague the different marginalized groups.
When we were in our lands, White people justified their racism by saying “look at these subhuman savages & their unholy rituals.” They used our cultural differences to justify enslaving, murdering, raping, and in all other ways brutalizing us. The same was done to the Native Americans, who are now on the verge of cultural/racial extinction. And similar atrocities have been committed by Whites on each and every land they’ve stepped foot on. They even oppress other Whites (i.e. the Irish). White people created race, so that they could build the institution of White supremacy/Racism. White people have put mental and physical disease in the Black communities, and then blamed Black people for being sick. They created a multitude of disparities between Black and White people (in the favor of White people), and then said, “LOOK! These differences are due to Black people not being equal/human!” “These differences are due to White people being the superior race!”
Racism is caused by lazy, hateful, small-minded bigots who find poor, illogical, self-fulfilling, and falsified bases for their erroneous, baseless beliefs in their own group’s supremacy.
Racism will never go away, because of people like you… People who would rather justify hatred than find a way to fix what’s wrong with this society. People who wish to ignore history in order to appease what little conscience they may have. Racism is here to stay, because most white people don’t have to deal with racism. They are in predominantly White communities, schools, businesses, churches, etc. They live in a society that caters to and applauds their Whiteness. Racism is here to stay because most White people don’t want to give up their power and privilege. They’d rather seek the type of validation from other White people like the nonsense you just said to me.
Furthermore, “nigger” has never been reserved for a specific type of Black person. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was called a nigger. Barack Obama is called a nigger. No matter how educated, how affluent, how articulate, how courteous, how peaceful, how successful, or how wonderful a Black person may be, we will ALWAYS be niggers to the racists. So you can try that shit with your White friends. But you can’t pull that shit with ME.