Reaction to the Oscars re the “N” Word

esq-ridleyJohn Ridley won the Oscar for best screen play for 12 Years a Slave. In an Esquire article back in 2006, he gave insights on the use of the N word. Click here for the article.

Here is an excerpt:

If we as a race could win the centuries-long war against institutionalized racism, why is it that so many of us cannot secure the advantage after decades of freedom?

That which retards us is the worst of “us,” those who disdain actual ascendancy gained by way of intellectual expansion and physical toil—who instead value the posture of an “urban,” a “street,” a “real” existence, no matter that such a culture threatens to render them extinct.

“Them” being niggers.

Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty

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