Piers Morgan, Editor, Writer, Arsenal fan and Black activist? Not quite. But he would have his 4.5 million followers think so.
Piers Morgan has cast his opinion on Black culture from comparing Muhammad ‘The Greatest’ Ali to Donald Trump, critiquing Beyoncé’s pride and lyrical activism to advising Black people that if they stopped using the ‘N word’ racism would basically disappear. Recently, he reprised his ‘overseer’ of the Black community role and condemned Larry Wilmore for saying President Obama’s ‘is my n*gga!’ .
So, with that said, Piers Morgan isn’t my n*gga!
I am going to need him and his disciples to not speak on Black issues for the sake of click-baiting social media to stay relevant. If they have nothing positive or qualified to say, then simply say nothing. Black people already get click baited enough by Huffington Post occasionally ‘Black Voices’ and Buzzfeed( but that’s an issue for another day).
Piers Morgan is like that one annoying guy on your Facebook who only comments trying to correct your status. “well actually it’s…”. Sorry, I don’t remember asking your opinion or seeing how you are qualified to speak on my business. Where were your comments on the many other things that have happened to me [my people]?
If there were a meeting of Black people and their supporters Piers Morgan would be left outside like a group of Black women trying to get into a nightclub. Piers would be met with the same rejection: “Sorry ‘brother’ your name isn’t on the list- I am going to need you to leave the queue”.
The point here isn’t that White people shouldn’t speak on Black issues. Noam Chomsky, John Stewart, Bernie Sanders and many others have cast their opinions, knowledge and influence on matters affecting Black people.
However, where they have pursued an interested for the greater good of spreading knowledge and awareness. Often they have also given a platform to issues that would have otherwise gone under the media’s radar or provided an informed perspective based on discussion with or from an actual Black people.
Whereas, Piers Morgan would fall into the “I have a Black friend” portion of society; where their claim of knowledge of the Black community doesn’t hold up under further scrutiny. His Black friend would more likely be one of the occasional Black people who might serve him a drink at restaurant or box at the football and then provide him a smile out of courteous.
This is not the first time Piers has been asked to rethink his commentary on the Black community. John Legend had to school him on talking about the use of the N-Word. Recently, singer, Jamelia had to explain why Beyoncé’s Lemonade wasn’t for Pier’s Morgan level of comprehension or empathy. His article was the equivalent of saying “I liked it better when Solomon Northup just played the fiddle; how dare he try and attempt freedom or even speak of the hardship his people have faced”.
Yet, it would be remiss to not admit that there are many Black people who do not use or like the use of the N-word by anyone, Black or White. However, that is a personal choice each Black person must make. It is not the place of someone of the same race that created and used/uses the word to oppress, subjugate and dehumanise, to then tell black people what they should be doing. It’s the equivalent of the school bully changing his mind on taking your money and then saying actually no one is allowed to use money anymore. Black people aren’t ant’s functioning under one mind or following one leader. Each person autonomously makes a personal decision on whether they will or will not use the N-word.
To people like Piers Morgan, the N-word is an unwelcome reminder of an unsavory period history that they would like to think ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, one Martin Luther King Jr speech and the election of President Barack Obama. However, racism hasn’t ended and the butterfly effect of that history is alive and well today.
Everyone must acknowledge that the N-word is only the obvious expression of racism. If it disappeared racism would still exist institutionally and in the far less obvious spheres and challenges that people like Pier Morgan don’t acknowledge when they say ‘All Lives Matter’.
People like Piers Morgan have no interested in black culture or the multi-faceted challenges we face. People Like Piers Morgan only have something positive to say about Black people when they can jump on the Usain Bolt bandwagon. Giving them an avenue to take their quasi-derogatory private patois imitation and make it public in the spirit of ‘I am happy to cheer for that one black guy whom everyone loves’ . But with the small print of as long as he doesn’t say anything remotely to do with racism, inequality or Black lives Matter.
Oh and yes Piers Morgan is also a valedictorian of the All Lives Matter brigade on social media. Piers Morgan personifies the same group of people who are quiet when it comes to Syrian refugee and Palestinian lives. A group that would quote the one Martin Luther King’s speech that they have heard.
‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Martin Luther King Jr
But would think the ‘dream’ is has already become a reality. However, they would not quote his last speech on the need for Black empowerment and protest- ‘I’ve been to the mountain top’.
So, to Pier’s Morgan and his cohorts here is why President Barack Obama is “My N*gga”.
Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. He turned a long running joke from Black comedians into a reality. He personified a wishful statement a Black parent may say to inspire their child; into a symbol hope and change: “You can be anything you want to be”. Although, in the back of their minds both knew there were barriers that hindered and limited ‘anything’. Yet, with the election of President Obama those barriers seemed less high; temporarily at least ,Yes We Can became Yes I Can!
Calls for birth President Obama’s certificate to be released, plots to assassinate him, assertions that he was a Muslim, Socialist, Anti-christ and that Michelle Obama was a man. Even his two beautiful daughters weren’t even allowed to be out the firing line of ignorance. These attacks didn’t just come from random anonymous cowards on social media. But, more poignantly from journalists, news channels, public figures and other politicians.
All of this proved that even if the sky is the limit and you manage to grow wings to reach your goals; there will be some racist with a megaphone and a private jet trying to shout you down.
Obama’s election and term in office proved one thing: Black is Black. President or not. To some Barack Obama is just a Nigger renting the White House for 8 years. Deserving no more respect than any other N*gger. To them I am just ‘any other Nigger’. Something Piers Morgan doesn’t understand or acknowledge. There is no hierarchy to racists. Not even a Black President gets a ‘get out of racism free card’; there is no ‘especially the president’ when he is Black.
Even to some Black people, Obama presidency hasn’t been good enough. But to those who see the world for what it is, they realize that if people will still call the President Of The United States a n*gger then what hope does any other Black person have.
President Barack Obama faces the same type of struggle I face. President Barack Obama fights the same ignorance; we all face. President Barack Obama hopes for the same dream of one day simply being judged as a man. No more no less. Hated or loved for his deeds not the colour of his skin.
But until that day, I recognize his struggle as he would recognize mine. So, for Obama to be my n*gga it is acknowledge that we are living different lives but we share a similar history and fight similar battles just on a different level; we both one day hope to reach the mountain top and turn the Dream Martin Luther King preached about into a reality.
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