Parlour’s Best Of 2011!: SlutWalk Protestors Miss The Point By Using ‘Nigger’

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Since we’re on a mental and physical vacation this week — I’m in Connecticut, Shannon’s in New Jersey, then London and Paris, and Sherry’s in Adele’s favorite city — we’re serving up Parlour’s Best of 2011! Each day this week, you’ll get a chance to reminisce on what made us all laugh, cry and suck our teeth during the last 12 months. I dug up a few of our faves! Ready?

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Why does the word “nigger” keep coming up in conversation this year? Before Rihanna vs. Jackie Mag‘s Edit staff, it was the Slutwalk demonstrators. Jeez, stop using it everyone! Especially if you’ve never been called “nigger” in a non-humorous, derogatory situation. But alas, the word will probably always rear it’s nasty little head even in the multi-culti world of political correctness we like to think that we live. Put it like this, when I was a kid growing up in Northern California my neighborhood’s group of kids was literally like a mini rainbow coalition, Guatemalans, white, Mexicans and black. We played together every day, ate at everyone’s houses and still “nigger” crept into my happy go-lucky gang when my white roll dogs’ older brother told me my oxfords were “nigger shoes.” When I told my mom why I wouldn’t wear my kicks anymore, she marched down the street to the parents of the “nigger shoe” identifier and tackled my first awkward conversation that would mold my definition of race as a black person. “Nigger” will always be around, but if we ever really believe in that “taking back our history by reclaiming the word” nonsense, we lost. Put that jawn in a box and leave the controversial there, starting with Slutwalk supporters.

Last week, my homegirl and partner in curly hair Akiba Solomon posted a quote from wonderful perspective on the feminist-famed Slut Walk that was written by Aura Blogando which summarizes the reasons why, as a woman of color,  I have never supported this particular movement:

“If SlutWalk has proven anything, it is that liberal white women are perfectly comfortable parading their privilege, absorbing every speck of airtime celebrating their audacity, and ignoring women of color. Despite decades of work from women of color on the margins to assert an equitable space, SlutWalk has grown into an international movement that has effectively silenced the voices of women of color and re-centered the conversation to consist of a topic by, of, and for white women only.

Read the rest of Parlour’s Best of 2011 post here!

  • Bullswool

    The sign is the title of John Lennon’s song, which delves into the mistreatment of women by men.