Friday, December 5, 2008

Jim Jones: Obama is the new N-Word


Apparently Jim Jones was so inspired by Obama's win that he decided to clean up his language.
Jim confessed that the election inspired him to drop the word “nigga” from his vocabulary—where it was a nearly ubiquitous presence—and replace it with “Obama.” He gave me a few examples: “What up, my Obama?” “Yo, did you see them Obamas last night?” “Now that’s a real Obama.”
Now given that Toure was so on point about putting Soulja Boys young dumb ass on blast I was a little shocked by how much weight he gave to Jim Jones' decision...
If words have power, and the slang we use says something about the people we are, then Jimmy’s linguistic U-turn indicates a very powerful shift: away from self-describing as niggas (rebellious, angry, ignorant, hunted), and toward self-describing as Obamas (cool, intelligent, humble, powerful). Away from a self-appellation that reminds us of how America has wronged us, and toward a self-appellation suggesting that we are all reflections of, and extensions of, a shining example of black excellence.

Change is on the way.

I don't know who is buggin' more Jim Jones or Toure.


Check out: "What Up My Obama?"

3 comments:

w&w said...

for real, this is mad jokey.

i mean, if dipset were really trendsetting like _that_ we'd see a lot more kids wearing pink, no?

Marisol LeBron said...

Totally.

Also the crazy thing is that now hes trying to replace bitch with Michelle. He's just buggin' and its wild that people are like "word that makes sense"

orlando said...

Jim jones needs to finish 3rd grade.