Can the Nerd and The Nigga Coexist?

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In Daniel Beaty’s conversational poem Duality Duel: The Nerd vs the Nigga, he explains the battle being fought between the nerd and the nigga by speaking as both the nerd and the nigga. The battle is being fought within many African Americans. Many believe that there is no place in the elite society for the nigga, so they abandon the nigga within themselves and embrace the nerd or the image that seems “proper” to the behavior and image of the upper class or elite society. The battle between the nerd and the nigga is in serious need of a resolution. The battle may not be able to be won by one side, therefore the question is can the nerd and the nigga coexist? What is a nerd? What is a nigga? Before the question can the nerd and nigga coexist can be answered the nerd and the nigga must be defined. According to dictionary.com a nerd is an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit (“Nerd”). What is a nigga? The legendary Smokey Robinson once said “I think it’s a shame that every few years black people get a change of name,” but nigga was one of the earliest names, probably the first name after black or African (Robinson). Back in slavery days the slave masters use to call the slave “niggers,” the term “nigga” is just the slang version of the word nigger. Today the word is only respectfully used by black to other black people. The use of the word by the white race is thought of as being highly disrespectful. Early 1990’s “gangsta” rap artist revived or more so reclaimed the word in their music (“N-Word’). Today black people use the word as form of affection or endearment. It’s common to go out and hear a black person greet another black person by saying, “What’s up nigga,” and their goodbyes will... ... middle of paper ... ...e thing is true, inside you is a hard ass nigga you gotta let come through” (Beaty). Don’t deny yourself of being who you truly are. Take Mr. Beaty’s advice and journey to the nigga in you. Works Cited Beaty, Daniel “Duality Duel: The Nerd vs The Nigga.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 20 Mar. 2010. Web. 1 Apr. 2014 "Channeling Your Inner Nigga." Web log post. AverageBro: Channeling Your Inner Nigga. AverageBRO, 07 June 2007. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. "Nerd." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "'N-Word' Going Mainstream?" ABC News. ABC News Network, 10 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. Robinson, Smokey “Black American by Smokey Robinson- Def Poetry Jam.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 19 May. 201. Web. 1 Apr. 2014 Rock, Chris “Black People VS. Niggaz (Bring the Pain 1996)” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 28 Nov. 2010. Web. 1 Apr. 2014.

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