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On A Sadder Note. . .

Before I begin, I just want to acknowledge that I am a bit late on this one; I've known about it for awhile but haven't had ample time to put a post up, so here goes. . .

I'm sure that by now, most know something about the various sites that have exploded the social networking craze("myspace.com" being
the most well-known). In the same vein of these competitive heavyweights, smaller offerings have cropped up. Of all the tiny upstarts and copycats, the most disturbing and saddening of them all(in regard to the principles of the Black Salvage) is this site, "niggaspace.com". Since I'm left with the task of describing this website for the uninformed, it is, in the creator’s own words, “a place fo’ niggas”.

Anyone who knows anything can imagine that the majority of the user profiles on this site belong to young black males and females. Regardless of that fact, and also the fact that many whites post profiles on the site to incite humor, “niggaspace.com” is a prime example of what counteracts with positive forces trying to engage and inspire young blacks.
I don’t find it necessary to recite volumes on the past and present condition of the African American, but I will mention that blacks are at the bottom of the totem pole in the United States just because of ignorance like this website.


I could not, in my most valiant efforts, locate “wetbackspace.com”, “chinkspace.com”, or “hymiespace.com” (though “honkyspace.com” is supposedly in development). I don’t know that I should be so surprised. I ask why African-Americans are the only ones who must insist upon calling upon one another with racial slurs?

“Niggaspace.com” has a message from it’s creator on the homepage. It is as follows:

“This site is in no way meant to be racist.

A common endearing term used by many black people is, "nigga" not to be confused with a different and offensive term, "nigger". The word, "nigga" is in rap songs, daily conversations, on TV, etc. yet the word still has so much mixed emotions attached. One of my intentions is for this word to no longer have such mixed emotions. Part of my intention for this site is for the word nigga to embody images of brotherhood, and fraternity rather than images of ignorance and hate.

How great would it be, if the mixed emotions that this word carries along with it, were stripped down to something more positive? Only positive.

Of course there are going to be two sides to this, but just know that intentions are noble. So create an account, and start the revolution!

I don’t like wasting my time on stupid people but for the sake of the Black Salvage, I feel as though I must. The reason other races don’t call each other the racial slurs they’ve been labeled with by other races, is that the words themselves have a history, even if it is ignored or forgotten. Why people must put their time into such wastes is perplexing. I guess for the website’s creator and supporters, the genocides in Darfur and the AIDS epidemic just weren’t as significant for the creation of a website.

One final thing; if the creator wants to destroy "images of ignorance and hate", why, in the logo(shown above), does he depict black men with gold chains around their neck, which further stimulates the prominent stereotype that blacks are materialistic fools.

If it matters, the anonymous creator of “niggaspace.com” goes simply by the name of Tyrone. That he chose this pseudonym over all others gives me no further reason to go on.


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  1. This subject is touchy, but obviously the idea of a social network for niggas is unnecessary. Although the creator might have had the intentions to create a place of "brotherhood", its still a place for ignorance. I have personally viewed the website and i am disgusted. I thought i had a problem with blackplanet.com, but the people on this network are atrocious. The pictures they post and the discussions they have all relate to sex. There are pictures of men and womens exposed genitals, and the others dressed provocatively (i guess to get attention or hook up). Ive even seen some people promote their personal pornography on this site. Although a new person would come to this site using their own discretion, it wouldnt be long before they either become disgusted or fall into the crowd. This is a poor representation of "colored brotherhood" but a prime example of the word "NIGGA."

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  2. It seems to me the the creator is very misguided. If he wants to foster fellowship between African Americans, then creating a site called niggaspace.com is detrimental to what he claims are his intentions. The site certainly doesn't do much to uplift the black community as a whole. As for him wanting the word nigga to "embody images of brotherhood and fraternity", what he (and a lot of people) don't know it that the word "nigga" will always have a negative assocation because of it's root word. The term "nigger" is a hateful word that was used against blacks for hundreds of years. For anybody to try and put a positive spin on it and turn it into a term of endearment is, in my opinion, a slap in the face to all those who have endured the shame and humiliation of being called a nigger.

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  3. There is not much to add to your already eloquent and well thought out blog. I do not think you are alone in this subject, and I feel that there are many other educated (African American) people who share your opinion and dismay for this "niggaspace.com." I think that this is the most counterproductive way to create unity amongst African Americans and reinforces the idea that it is okay to use oppressive terminologies. I would even go a step further than you in saying that I do not believe the purpose of this site is to promote brotherhood, although that is what he claims on his site, I think the underlying idea here is to create an environment where "niggas" can freely express their degrading lifestyles without any real authority monitoring their behaviors. Basically, a place where niggas can do the devils work with no one to stop them. A place where, well, niggas can be niggas. I also wonder, is this "Tyrone" even black, or is he someone who is playing on African Americans weaknesses? Hey, I'm just saying...

    T

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  4. Niggaspace.com is another example of how we as young black youth are misguided and oblivious as to who we are.
    I recently created an account on Niggaspace, just to see the type of people who are involved. They mainly consist of teenagers in High School.Its a real shame of how being uneducated leads to disaster.

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  5. I first want to thank everyone for their comments; your feedback is what sustains The Black Salvage.

    IAfter reading some of your comments, I'd like to also add on that "Tyrone" is trying to encourage brotherhood among blacks yet he picks for his site, an issue that blacks are already so divided on. He could have alteast set up a segment on the site for debate of the issue.

    Secondly, I have been scowering reports on the net claiming that "niggaspace.com" is owned by a white person. It has been confirmed that "niggaspace.com" belongs to the owner of "holla.us"(another social networking site). The owner of holla.us is believed to be white. And after much critism, niggaspace.com is supposedly merging with holla.us, under that sites name. Though the merger is on many websites, it is not mentioned on niggaspace.com's homepage.

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  6. Theres a lot of issues in the world and i think us as "black" people shouldnt subject ourslefs to being "niggers" and i think people think its ok because when we hear each other calling each other niggers and such others such as "tha whites" feel its ok to say the same when no one should think its ok at all.

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  7. Well I wouldn't say that black folk are misguided, but it's just that people now a days just hop on the bandwagon. If everyone takes the time to educate within ourselves properly instead of snickering about other peoples wrong-doings behind their backs... nothing will get accomplished. The saying is "a family that prays together, stays together." That quote works on more than just a spiritual level. Think about it!

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  8. Fuzz, I think your being too nice. No, all young black people aren't misguided; but the majority is. I think you may have misinterpreted the purpose of The Black Salvage as "snickering about other peoples wrong-doings behind their backs" rather than inciting healthy debate on this and other troubling issues.

    So your saying they have "wrong-doings", but they're not misguided?


    I really want to keep this one going everyone, keep the comments coming.

    Best Wishes,
    Prodigy-Maestro

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  9. niggaspace is the shit

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