Stuff B-Boys Like: The N-WordPOSTED ON September 19th, 2010 BY Calvin
This is not a b-boy.
While it is true that b-boying is a universal language, it is also true that elements of American hip-hop vernacular have trickled their way across the globe. This means that even in the unlikeliest of cities, b-boys and b-girls who don’t know phrases like “thank you” or “goodbye” are are stringing together words like “dope,” “fresh,” and the N-word.
The problem lies in conflicting b-boy pillars that younger and newer b-boys take to heart. “Be yourself,” they hear, but also “keep it b-boy.” For a teen growing up in the suburbs trying to imitate a minority kid in the projects, a lot can get lost in translation. A quick glimpse at b-boy-themed blogs and sites around the world can see a slew of instances where the word “nigga” is dropped as casually as a knee drop. In any given conversation between non-black Texas b-boys, “nigga” is probably said approximately 53 million times per sentence.
The issue of the N-word certainly extends beyond b-boying — it’s a sticky subject that touches on some sensitive areas regarding race, culture, class, history, and then some. (It’s also not the only instance of a lot of b-boys’ attempts to seem more “urban” than they really are.) No one’s perfect, but bottom line: people will say what they want, but becoming a b-boy probably hasn’t entitled anyone to all-access rights to the N-word either.
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