No niggers

Posted on: October 12, 2008

The late great Richard Pryor had an epiphany he recounted for a crowd during his stand-up comedy act which had used a lot of foul language, including the “n” word. In fact, at one time Pryor’s act was saturated with the word.

In the video he describes for the audience a moment of a heartfelt realization that so moved him he wept. This video clip doesn’t show it, or say it, but the moment he is describing is actually during a visit to Africa. From that moment he describes, he disliked using the word “nigger” or having other people use it, and he explains why.

His act uses a lot of foul language, be warned if you choose to play the video.

I looked up the video clip a day or two after seeing some rather angry Republican crowds on other Youtube videos and in the mainstream television news. Not that they are angry Barak Obama is black, or his middle name is Hussein, or that he had attended a church lead by a minister who declared to his congregation, “God damn America.” They may be angry or they may be frustrated. I shouldn’t be interested, really, but it is somewhat alarming that there is that much pent-up frustation in this race for the White House.

But if anyone is thinking the “n” word (My Gawd, we gonna have a nigger in the Whaat Ha-ouse.) see Richard Pryor describing his epiphany. Apparently, it was quite a moment and what he is trying to get across comes through.

Here is a link to Pryor’s fan website. Careful, the site includes recordings of a time when he used the “n” word quite a bit. Don’t know who Richard Pryor is? Well, I guess you had to live during the time when he was a living icon. Here is the wikipedia link that briefly describes his life that ended in 2005.

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2 Responses to "No niggers"

great video, thanks for posting.

I grew up during pryor’s heyday, and it’s always good to be reminded of how hard he can make you laugh. and his reflective thoughts in this skit are a nice thing to see.

Black America and the N-word:

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