Considering that this is Black History Month it only makes sense that I pick this time to post about the following subject. The word “jig” should no longer be used by any blogger or writer from here on out. This practice is ignorant and beyond stupid.
By making this statement I’m not trying to be a moral leader of any kind in this matter, I’m simply using common sense. The term “jig” is a derogatory term that was previously used exclusively by racist assholes for the specific purpose to demean and degrade in reference to Black people. The term “jig” does not have a history of ever being used as a term of endearment by Blacks or any other people of color. So why then do bloggers such as the ones at DallasPenn.com and Byron “Bol” Crawford use this term so freely in reference to their own people with the same intention and in similar context? Why is it always used in a pejorative sense as if to distance themselves from the person/people that they’re using it on in the same manner that the racist assholes who used it on us in the past did (as if they’re on the outside looking in and they aren’t Black themselves)? When you call your own people “jigs”, you might as well open the floodgates and call them “junglebunnies”, “spooks”, “spades”, “moulies”, “spearchuckers” and “porch monkeys” as well. What’s the damn difference?
When the word “nigga” is often used by Blacks or Latinos in reference to other Blacks of Latinos, the word itself cannot stand alone...it needs a qualifier and a particular context in order to make sense to the reader/listener/audience (Whether it be “That’s my nigga”, “That nigga’s stupid”, “That nigga is a genius” or “he’s a bitch ass nigga”). That’s not the case with the usage of the term “jig” in relation to another Black person, it can only be used in a negative manner and it needs no qualifier whatsoever...No one ever writes shit like “That jig acted his ass off in The Last King Of Scotland!” The purpose of the term’s usage is to separate the writer/user from the subject or their actions, much the way modifiers like “ignorant bastard”, “dumbass” or “stupid muthafucka” do. Difference is that ANYONE can be a stupid muthafucka...does anyone who uses this term refer to any non-Black person as a “jig”? Do they use it but consider THEMSELVES “jigs” but just smarter ones than the “jigs” they criticize (like I do if was to refer to a Black person who calls his own people “jig” as an “ignorant ass nigga”)?
Who in the hell ever thought it was cool to use a term that racist or ignorant people used on Black people exclusively to describe their OWN people? Whenever I see that word used in print in blogs either on DallasPenn.com or XXL I can’t believe that a Black person intentionally used it. I personally can’t call someone else a “jig” ever...Why? Because I’m a Black man and I have common sense. Whenever I personally used the word “nigga” I was automatically implying by my usage that I was a “nigga” MYSELF. This is because “nigga” is also a term of endearment depending on it’s particular usage or context. If I ever meant it or used it in a negative way, I’d have to add a qualifier to it because the usage of the term by itself (unlike “nigger”..ask Michael Richards or Paris Hilton) has no intent of malice behind it (at least not when I use it, which is less and less as I get older). My mother grew up in Alabama in the 40’s and moved to Boston in the 60’s and had that word used on her in a hateful manner for years...How in the hell do I justify being a grown man who knows right from wrong and using it against my own people in that same exact context TODAY?
The usage of this term (whether it be in print or vocalized) is nothing more to me than playing into the self hate that we have been conditioned to perpetuate since we were first bound in shackles and then “seasoned” and “conditioned” during the Middle Passage before being brought to America. We were not encouraged to have any kind of solidarity or stability whatsoever (even families were separated from each other). We were often played against each other (The Willie Lynch Theory) and told that we were only worth 3/5 of a “regular” human being ( The Constitution Of The United States Of America). We weren’t allowed to read, write, make music or congregate in large groups unless it was church (The Slave Codes). We were encouraged to hate ourselves and each other...even to dread the color of our own skins or the coarseness of our own hair. That’s what the usage of the word “jig” represents to me, going back to that very same slavery mindset that have kept us from progressing even 143 years after being “freed”. Fuck that. I’m all about progression. I’m all about evolution. I’m about the next level. Calling my own people a word that racist, ass backwards people used as they kept us from receiving the goods, services, or basic human respect that we deserved as sentient beings is DEAD.
I cannot change anyone’s mind on this issue no matter what I write and I’m fully aware of it. Any of the bloggers from DallasPenn.com, Bryon “Bol” Crawford or anyone else that freely uses this term in print or otherwise are all grown men/women that have to look themselves in the mirror daily and account for their own individual ways and actions. If they have no problem with using it, then that’s on them, I won’t comment on it any further or press them on it. They just need to know that they are wrong for doing so. It’s even dumber than a Black person using the term “wigger” (which is beyond stupid...think about it).
I personally (I can only speak for myself) can’t imagine calling another Black person a “porchmonkey”, “pickinniny” or a “tar baby”, even in jest (but if you’re cooning and making us all look bad, you best believe I’ll call it like I see it). That’s why Uncle Ruckus on The Boondocks is so damn funny. Aaron McGruder uses that character to illustrate to us just how ridiculous Black peoples own self hatred is. When muthafuckas are actually using old racists term in reference to each other that we never embraced that’s when I have to draw the line. I’m done on the subject. Like my boy NYOil said in his song “Malcolm X and Martin Luther King didn’t die for us to act like this”.